license tranfer

  1. I currently live in St. Louis, Missouri and will be graduating from an Associate's program in May. My husband and I plan to move to the Dallas area in fall and I was wondering what I would need to do to take my boards in Missouri straight outof school and then transfer my license to Texas without sitting for boards again. (I am not currently working.) Anyone with any suggestions??
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  3. by   elkpark
    There are several recent threads that talk about reciprocity of licenses. All fifty states practice reciprocity (since the N-CLEX was nationally standardized). If you have a valid license (and clean disciplinary record) in one state, you just have to apply for a license in another state. Of course, each state BON gets to decide how outrageous a fee they are going to charge for this! :chuckle Contact the TX board (I believe it's called the Board of Nurse Examiners there, rather than Board of Nursing) and request the forms to apply for a license.

    Remember that it is your responsibility to become familiar with the Nurse Practice Act (what nurses can and can't do under state law) in the new state, which may be different from what you're used to.

    Typically, the "new" state issues you a temporary permit right away, which allows you to practice while they do the full background check and issue a permanent license. Best wishes with your new career --
  4. by   kelbel
    A fellow student told me that you could just pay the fee and your license would transfer, but you had to have worked for at least 30 days under my Missouri license. That seemed unfair to me because I would hate to mislead a hospital and take a full-time position knowing that I was moving within 3 months. I understand the committment they make to properly train their staff with the assumption that employee is staying with them. That makes me feel relieved that I can honestly transfer without leaving someone in a lurch! Thanks again!!



    Quote from elkpark
    There are several recent threads that talk about reciprocity of licenses. All fifty states practice reciprocity (since the N-CLEX was nationally standardized). If you have a valid license (and clean disciplinary record) in one state, you just have to apply for a license in another state. Of course, each state BON gets to decide how outrageous a fee they are going to charge for this! :chuckle Contact the TX board (I believe it's called the Board of Nurse Examiners there, rather than Board of Nursing) and request the forms to apply for a license.

    Remember that it is your responsibility to become familiar with the Nurse Practice Act (what nurses can and can't do under state law) in the new state, which may be different from what you're used to.

    Typically, the "new" state issues you a temporary permit right away, which allows you to practice while they do the full background check and issue a permanent license. Best wishes with your new career --
  5. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Best thing, since this is a rather unusual situation, would be to call them (their number is 512/305-7400. The website is http://www.bne.state.tx.us/

    They have started to require criminal background checks that take about 3 months to process, so do that right away. (They are good for a year, I believe. Check the site....) You have to use their cards for this--but you can request them online.

    Also, Texas is joining up with several other states so that the RN of one of the participating states will work in the other participating states, just as if you were licensed in those other states. Check and see if your state is in the group.... (click here for direct link)

    Good luck!
  6. by   purplemania
    also, check out www.ncsbn.org for a list of Compact states. Texas is compact. If Missouri is also, then you can work in Tx with a Mo license (at least until you establish a residence in Texas).
  7. by   nekhismom
    I sy definately APPLY and TAKE BOARDS through the state in which you are graduating!!! The Texas BNE is a PAIN to deal with! I applied as a new grad with texas, and according to them, I am still NOT approved to take the NCLEX, even though I have already taken NCLEX and am licensed in another state. They can be VERY frustrating to new grads, in my experience. It is going much more smoothly now that I am getting my license endorsed from another state.
  8. by   ginger1023
    GOOD LUCK ...be patient and persistant ..and you will get your license in Texas.....
    Texas Board is not easily accessable .....
    If you try calling be prepared on an extended waiting period....and often you might not get an excact answer ....
    But persistance WILL PERVAIL....
    Last edit by ginger1023 on May 13, '04

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