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Whether you want to get your kicks on Route 66 or prefer a more urban scene, the state of Illinois has just the thing. Chicago provides visitors with plenty of cultural and athletic attractions and a sizzling nightlife. The rest of Illinois offers its own intriguing allure and distinctive charm, from the historic town of Galena to beautiful Lake Shelbyville, and many points in between.

The friendly staff at AMN Healthcare is here to answer any of your questions on how to apply for, or renew, your Illinois nursing license.

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How to Apply for an Illinois Nursing License

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Illinois nurse licenses are issued by The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IFPN).  Types of Nursing Licenses in Illinois: Examination, endorsement, renewal, or restoration. 

Nursing Licenses Requirements:
  • Criminal background check and fingerprinting, SS#, and other pertinent personal info.
  • Certificate of education
  • Verification of license and clinical hours (Endorsement only)

New nurses who do not hold a state license will need to apply by examination and pass the NCLEX. For licensed nurses, you will need to apply by endorsement. The fee for endorsement is currently $50.

How to Renew Your Illinois Nursing License

A Simple Online Process

So you may be wondering how to renew your Illinois nursing license? Simply head on over to the IFPN and complete your renewal application. All Registered Nurses licenses expire on May 31 of every even-number year, regardless of the date of issuance.


If you have let your license lapse without renewing, you will need to go through the license restoration process. To restore a license that has expired or been placed on inactive status for more than five years, you must submit all documents and forms required for licensure by restoration. 


Is Illinois a Nursing Compact State?

Yes, You're in Luck

Yes, Illinois is part of the Nursing Licensure Compact, so get ready to take advantage of all the great benefits you'll get if you have a license in one of the many states that participate in the compact. 

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