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Expired Nursing License in Arkansas, still eligible to endorse in Texas?

Jheper Jheper (New) New

Hi, good day! I'm wondering if I can still endorse my expired license to other state. I passed my NCLEX-RN Arkansas last 2010 and got expired on 2011, I was not able to renew because that time they started asking for SSN. On 2012, I tried endorsing to other state which is Vermont but again they are requiring an active license to endorse, mine was expired, at the same time asking for SSN. Now I'm planning to endorse to Texas? Can anyone help me with this matter? Do Texas requires active license for endorsement? Thank you so much in advance and hope to hear from you guys!

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 10 years experience.

Every US state requires you to have an active license to endorse.

You cannot endorse your AR license until you make arrangements to reactivate your expired license. Without a valid SSN, this will not be possible and you are now stuck with a catch-22.

If you have no SSN, then you apparently don't have work rights so just curious what is the purpose in attempting to endorse an expired nursing license that you can't work in the US with? Are you immigrating soon? Do you have a job offer in TX?

How about my NCLEX result? Is there any way to endorse? Do I need to take the exam again? So if I can't endorse an expired license how about my NCLEX result? Sorry but I'm so confused. Planning to work in Texas. I need your help with this matter. Thank you.

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 10 years experience.

You need to contact TX BoN if you want to do otherwise.

You cannot endorse an expired license regardless of the reason. If you are immigrating and eligible for work rights & a SSN then you'd just supply your SSN to the BoN and renew your AR license, pay the fees and then apply to endorse to TX as an IEN.

Since its been five years you need to check the requirements of the AR BoN to renew an expired license.

If you have not worked in the past 4 years as a nurse you won't be issued a nursing license in TX until completing a FENS course.

How about the NCLEX result?

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 10 years experience.

How about the NCLEX result?

You were licensed. It's not like those that passed the NCLEX in CA but not licensed where they transferred the results to another state. Once you are licensed you can only endorse a valid license between states. It's to prevent a nurse from not renewing an expired license in state A from circumventing the checks and balances of the endorsement process by just "transferring" the pass result. There are many reasons for this including background checks on licenses being endorsed.

So there is no possible solution to my problem. Do I need to take the exam again?

Silverdragon102, BSN

Specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC. Has 32 years experience.

Suggest you talk to the BON and ask if you need an active license to endorse or can apply via initial license and ask for NCLEX results to be forwarded. Be aware you will have to answer correctly that you have had a US license in the past.

Moved to Nurse Registration forum

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 10 years experience.

You won't need to take the exam again unless you go for an extended time without an active license or practicing nursing in any jurisdiction (US or other country). For example in CA it's 8 years without practicing nursing anywhere you must repeat the NCLEX.

Like I said contact the TX BoN to see if they would make an exception an allow you to apply by examination as an IEN & transfer NCLEX results but don't fail to tell them you have an expired license in AR as there is a national licensing database. They will find out and failing to disclose can bar you from being licensed.

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