How do I transfer LPN License to FL??

  1. I am a LPN in Virginia, what would I have to do to get a license in Florida? We plan to move down there. Do I have to completely retest? Does it transfer? Any idea on how much it would cost? Thanks.
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  3. by   lpnflorida

    , you can apply online for endorsement. Make sure you have the correct number of CEU's which are 24 over 2 years.

    Good luck, I think I also had to have my transcripts from my schools sent to the florida board. When I did it I paid I think $150.00 for endorsement from Mn to florida. If at all possible wait until the end of JULY this year as that is when the new period starts. I first endorsed in Feb and then darn if I did not have to have my license renewed that july..
  4. by   lpnflorida

    Q: How long does it take to be approved for licensure by endorsement?
    A: We are allowed 30 days to issue a letter regarding any deficiencies in your application. However, we have made great strides to reduce this time and it is often less than 21 days. You can expedite the process by applying online at:

    Q: What is endorsement, is it the same as reciprocity?
    A: Endorsement is the endorsing of your active license in another state to a license in Florida. It is not the same as reciprocity. Reciprocity indicates Florida honors other state licenses and you would be allowed to work in Florida without obtaining a Florida License. Currently Florida law does not allow RNs, LPNs, CNS's or ARNPs to work in Florida without a Florida license.

    Q: Can I endorse into Florida if I have an active license in another state but have never taken the NCLEX or State Board Test Pool exam
    A: If you can prove you have been working in another state, jurisdiction or U.S. territory for 2 of the last 3 years you may apply by endorsement.

    Q: Who gets the license verification form? Do they mail it in or do I?
    A: The license verification form is sent to the state(s) you are licensed in they will return the form to the Florida Board office.

    above taken from their site
  5. by   gaius
    well I am a new grad, it has not even been a year at my new job! I work for a Verteran's Hospital. I read that if I work for the government here and become accepted at a government job there it would not have to worry about all of this (or at least it would not be such a big process?) Is that true?
  6. by   lpnflorida
    I do not know personally. I have heard those that work for the VA are able to transfer anywhere. I do not know if the process is different or not.