Virginia Nursing License

Spanning from the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains, with its expansive Atlantic coastline, Virginia is a beauty of the Southeastern U.S. “The Old Dominion State” holds the honor as one of the 13 original colonies, and it features a rich history and is home to a variety of significant landmarks in our nation’s legacy.

From the bigger cities of Richmond and Virginia Beach, to the quieter towns away from the noise, travel nurses taking an assignment in Virginia will find that there is plenty to see and do. Day trips can be made to Mt. Vernon to see the home of George Washington or to Monticello, to experience life where Thomas Jefferson grew up.

For the non-history buffs, there is outdoor adventure to be found in Shenandoah National Park and the Colonial National Historical Park. The state slogan of “Virginia is for Lovers” holds true for travel nurses, and we think there is plenty to love about this state!

Keep reading to find out how you can get started on a travel nurse assignment in Virginia! Get your VA license and you will be ready to go...

How to Apply for a Nursing License in Virginia

Recent graduates, professionals licensed outside of Virginia, and those wanting to reinstate licenses can all apply for a license using the Virginia Board of nursing. The first type of license we will discuss is licensure by examination.

Applications for licensure as a Registered Nurse by Examination are now exclusively accepted online. If you are a graduate from an RN state-approved nursing education program that prepared you to be a nurse and need to take the NCLEX (state board), then you will need to complete the application for licensure by examination.

To apply for this you will need:

  • A fingerprint-based criminal background check (CBC).
  • To review the Laws and Regulations governing the practice of Nursing.
  • Obtain information regarding the NCLEX Examination by visiting the Pearson VUE website.
  • Complete and submit your online application and pay the fee of $190.

If you already hold an active RN license in another state, you are eligible to apply for a Virginia Nursing License by Endorsement.

To apply for endorsement you will need:

  • A fingerprint-based criminal background check (CBC).
  • To request license verification from your original state of licensure (state where you took the NCLEX). if your original state of licensure participates in the Nursys license verification system, go to: Nursys to request the verification of licensure ($30 fee).
  • To review the Laws and Regulations governing the practice of Nursing.
  • Proof of your primary state of residence.
  • Complete and submit your online application and pay the fee of $190.

Virginia Nursing License Renewal

RNs who are licensed in Virginia can renew their licenses online and the fee for a renewal is currently $140.

Is Virginia a Compact Nursing State?

Yes! Virginia is proud to be a member of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), which allows nurses living in compact states to practice in all other compact states with a single multi-state license. If your primary state of residence is a compact state, you must apply for licensure in that state.

In accordance with Virginia law (Virginia Code §54.1-3040.3 (C):) If you meet all Uniform Licensure Requirements (ULRs) and your primary state of residence in Virginia, you will be granted a license with multi-state privilege which allows you to practice in other compact states.

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Virginia has so much to offer--from its scenic beauty to its thriving healthcare scene! Aspiring travel nurses can search for travel nurse jobs in using our job search tool.

If you are ready to get on your way to Virginia today, we encourage you to complete your online application. This will get you on the fast track to success and will connect you with one of our experienced recruiters. 



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