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:


Verification of all RN licenses held, current or expired.  Most states utilize the National Council of State Boards of Nursing's Nursys System to verify licenses electronically. The purpose of the verification 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.


Important Note:


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.


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. 


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.


Temporary Permit:


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 completed online application form 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

RN Licensure

410 Capitol Ave., MS #12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Phone:  (860) 509-7603

Fax:  (860) 707-1981

Email:  dph.nursingteam@ct.gov