Frustrated about Illinois


  • Specializes in Pediatrics, ER. Has 3 years experience.

I am a recent graduate of a BSN nursing program in Iowa. I took and passed my boards about a month and a half ago(Which took forever to actually get my approval to test from the state of Illinois). I have still not received any word on the status of my license and I am becoming very frustrated because my fellow graduates have already passed boards and become officially licensed in no time at all back in Iowa. Anyone know exactly how long before I am officially an RN instead of a person who just passed their boards????

netglow, ASN, RN

4,412 Posts

Hmmmm. I can't remember how long it took. But you say you passed the boards. I remember getting a notice then from the state, who, wanted me to give them $50 more to receive my license in the mail. Did you try and look yourself up on the licensing lookup site for Illinois?


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Specializes in Pediatrics, ER. Has 3 years experience.

Yeah, I received the notice to pay the extra $50 a week after I passed my boards and sent it the next day. The check has YET TO BE CASHED, and when I call the department of regulations I have yet to speak to a human being for over 3 weeks. I fear I will be done with orientation on my floor before I even receive my official license (FYI I am hired on as a NAII, which is pretty much a nursing student again.)

netglow, ASN, RN

4,412 Posts

Hmmmm. IDK. IL is notorious for many reasons :) Are you sure you are calling a valid phone number? I wonder if you might shoot off an email to ask if there is a contact regarding such that they could give you. I have emailed the IL Center for nursing in the past and they got back to me in a day or two via email.

Jolie, BSN

6,375 Posts

Specializes in Maternal - Child Health. Has 37 years experience.

IL is notoriously slow in processing out of state applications. I'm sorry for your inconvenience.

xtxrn, ASN, RN

4,266 Posts

Welcome to Illinois....:cool: I'm sorry it's been a long process....


689 Posts

Also, make sure your student loans are paid. IL will suspend your license over that!


127 Posts

Specializes in Oncology, radiology, ICU. Has 16 years experience.

If you call you will remain on hold for at least 2 hours, I think I stayed on for 3 hours one time. I did this many many times. It took me 2 months to get my license because they kept "losing" my fingerprints. I was reprinted 3 times before they said they got them. I was 2 days from having my temp license expire in Missouri when I finally got it. Illinois Department of Professional Regulation sucks.


1,114 Posts

Specializes in PACU, pre/postoperative, ortho. Has 12 years experience.

Hi, I'm a new grad also. Mine went through right at about 10 days. I kept checking the website listed above by MrChicagoRN & found myself listed just a day or two before it came in the mail.

Quickbeam, BSN, RN

1,011 Posts

Specializes in Government.

Hey, MrChicagoRN, Thanks so much! I've been waiting for my Illinois license for 10 weeks...and I did a look up and I'm active! I appreciate your post!