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A Guide to a Nursing Career in Maine

Maine is one of the top NLC states to visit. You can hike scenic trails, tour the historic lighthouses on the coast, whale watch, and look for puffin colonies. If you can't get enough powder, head to Sugarloaf or Sunday River for late spring skiing when the slopes are quiet and there are less crowds. The beautiful islands of Casco Bay also offer wonderful opportunities to explore.

The Maine Medical Center in Portland is highly ranked in a number of specialties. Nurses can also find travel assignments in cities such as Lewiston and Bangor.

If you need help applying for or renewing your Maine nursing license AMN Healthcare is here to help. Our friendly team is here to help guide you through the process and can help you find your next Maine travel nursing job.

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Apply for a Maine Nursing License

A Step-by-Step Guide

All RN licenses are issued by the Maine State Board of Nursing. This includes new applications, renewals, endorsements, and lapses. Like many other states, you have the option to apply for an RN license by examination or endorsement. 

The fee for endorsement is $75 and requires the following items:

  • Completed application and recent passport type photo
  • Verification of licensure from your original state of Registered Professional Nurse licensure through Nursys
  • A criminal background check (CBC) completed through the Maine Department of Public of Safety (DPS) and the FBI based on a set of fingerprints provided.
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How to Renew Your License

Online or In-Person

Nurse licensing renewals can also be completed online and renewal dates are dependent upon your birth date. Depending on your date of birth, your license will be active for at least one year and no more than two years. After you renew your license for the first time, you will renew your license every two years on or before your birthday.

According to the State of Maine Nursing Board, Over 90% of nurses with Maine licenses are successfully renewing online. There is no grace period for renewals, and failure to renew your license on or before your birth date on the year it is due results in a lapsed license.

Is Maine a Compact State for Nursing?

Good news! Maine is part of the NLC

To apply for a multi-state license you must:

1. Reside in an NLC state, and you must declare an NLC state as your primary state of residency;

2. Be actively licensed as an RN;

3. Meet any requirements for licensure held by your home state. When practicing nursing in any location, you will also be held to the standards of the state where the patient or practice is located.


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