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:
A completed application form and fee of $180.00 in the form of a bank check or money order, payable to, Treasurer, State of Connecticut”;
An official transcript of nursing education, verifying the award of a degree, diploma or certificate in nursing. Please note that if you completed your education under a last name other than your current last name, please ask your school of nursing to indicate your current last name on the documentation submitted (Foreign-trained applicants need only arrange for verification of certification by the CGFNS International;
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 licenses held, current or expired forwarded directly from the appropriate authority in any U.S. state, territory or Canadian province in which the applicant is or has ever been licensed as a registered nurse. Most jurisdictions charge a fee for completion of the verification form. Please contact the jurisdiction for fee information.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing's Nursys System verifies electronically licenses issued by several states. Please select this link for a list of Nursys participating states. You may register for verifications for Nursys participating states on-line.
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