RN Licensure by Endorsement
Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.
In order to be eligible for a registered nurse license based on a current out-of-state license, an applicant shall arrange for the submission of the following documentation directly from the source:
For applications submitted on or before July 24, 2018, an official transcript of nursing education, verifying the award of a degree, diploma or certificate in nursing.
Foreign-trained applicants need to arrange for verification of certification by the CGFNS International or have a transcript sent directly to this office from the school;
Nurses trained and licensed in Canada who meet the educational requirements may be licensed by endorsement provided they have successfully completed the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE) in English with a score equivalent to Connecticut’s current passing standard (at least 400 in each section of the CRNE exam).
Nurses who completed the CRNE in French must also pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service with a score of at least 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test.
Verification of all RN licenses held, current or expired. Most states utilize the the National Council of State Boards of Nursing's Nursys System to verify licenses electronically. The purpose of the verificaton is to document license history including any disciplinary action taken. Please select this link for a list of Nursys participating states. You may register for verifications from Nursys participating states online.
If you are licensed in a state that does not participate in Nursys, please send the verification form to the state and request that a written verification be sent to this office. Most jurisdictions charge a fee for this service. Please contact the jurisdiction for fee information.
A completed application and fee in the amount of $180.00. Applications are only being accepted online. Paper applications are not accepted. Please select this link Opens in a new window to apply online.
Nurses holding a current license issued by a state or territory of the United States that does not require successful completion of the NCLEX examination must meet the Connecticut requirements for licensure by examination. Applicants to whom this applies do not qualify for the temporary permit as outlined below.
Applicants who hold a current, valid registered nurse license in another U.S. state or territory are eligible for a 120-day, non-renewable temporary permit to practice nursing in Connecticut pending issuance of full licensure . Once a complete application is received and approved, a temporary permit will be issued in 15 business days.
All supporting documentation should be forwarded directly from the source to:
Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134
Phone: (860) 509-7603
Fax: (860) 707-1981