RN / LPN Online Application:
https://eservices.iowa.gov/PublicPortal/Iowa/IBON/common/index.jsp (click "License Examination")
RN/LPN Application Paper Form:
Fees: $143.00 This fee covers the following:
All fees must be in US dollars, payable to the Iowa Board of Nursing, and are non-refundable.
Applications for the state of Iowa may be submitted online, or in paper. If using the paper forms, you must print out the form, fill it out, and mail it in to the Iowa Board of Nursing.
Paper applications MUST be completed with black or blue ink.
Submitting the application for licensure by examination does NOT register you for the exam. Applicants must register and pay separately for the exam by going to: www.pearsonvue.com.
The State of Iowa requires that two (2) fingerprint cards be submitted along with the application to license by examination.
The state of Iowa requires that a Waiver for Completing Criminal History Background Checks form be filled out and submitted along with the application.
Important: If you are using the paper application, both fingerprint cards, and the Waiver for Completing Criminal History Background Checks form MUST be sent together with the application form, or the application will be returned.
As part of the application process you must:
The state of Iowa only issues temporary permits to previously licensed nurses who are seeking endorsement.
To request special exam accommodations due to disability, the following documentation must be submitted to the Iowa Board of Nursing:
Accommodation requests should be submitted as early as possible, preferably prior to graduation, in order to expedite the approval process. You may also phone 515-281-5535 for additional information.
Access the site for the Iowa Board of Nursing here: http://nursing.iowa.gov/