Review Information below before contacting the WSBN.

All fees are non-refundable; no refunds will be given for incorrect submissions. Please make certain you are submitting the correct application type

*CLICK HERE to apply for WY license/certification*

Licensing System and Nurse Portal

Applicants and Licensees are required to create a profile in the nurse portal to manage their initial and renewal applications; submit requests to Board staff; receive alerts/reminders from Board staff; and, check their license status online. All candidates must create profiles before submitting applications. Paper applications are no longer accepted and credit/debit card payments are the only form of payment accepted. Be prepared to upload required documents and print instructions.



REVIEW THESE FAQs TO HELP WITH YOUR APPLICATION

CNA Certification by Examination (CNAs who are certifying for the first time)

CNA Certification by Endorsement (Certified in another state)

LPN RN License by Examination (LPN/RN applying for their first license - need to take NCLEX)

LPN/RN/APRN License by Endorsement (License in another state)

APRN License by Examination (APRN applying for their first license)

Criminal Background Check (CBC)

Completing Fingerprint Cards





How long does it take to get my license? ----------- Can I apply for a temporary permit?

TIME: Licensure generally takes 3 weeks once all documents are received

  • It takes 2-3 weeks for DCI to process fingerprint cards (once received by the WSBN)

  • Processing the application takes 5-7 days (longer if there is criminal history)

  • The most common reason for delay is not providing the requested documents. Review your Message Center (in the Nurse Portal) to see what additional documents are needed. Click HERE to access the Nurse Portal.

TEMPORARY PERMIT

  • A one time temporary permit can be given for up to 90 days (for LPN/RN) and 120 days (for CNA).

  • Complete application (the cost is $25). Either:

Select Temporary Permit on the initial application; or

Complete a temporary application (found under Apply for License)

  • Am I eligible?

    • Applicants with criminal history in the past 5 years are not eligible for a temporary permit

    • The temporary permit will expire if the applicant fails their licensing/certification exam


How do I... Check on my application? ------------ See if my license has been issued?

Log into your nurse portal HERE

  • Check to see if license has been issued:

Log into the Nurse Portal and click “view status” on the application that you submitted.

  • The nurse portal shows that my application has items that are pending. What does that mean?:

Once an application has been submitted online, the items that relate to the application will show as pending until the application and documents have been received and reviewed by WSBN staff. If you are missing items a message is sent to the message center in your nurse portal account listing the items that are needed. Read the messages in the Message Center (left-hand side of the portal) to see what additional documents are needed.

Where do I send fingerprint cards? ---------------- How/where can I be fingerprinted?

Mail completed fingerprint cards to:

WSBN

130 Hobbs Ave, Suite B.

Cheyenne WY 82002


INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING FINGERPRINT CARDS


Most local police stations or law enforcement offices will accommodate you and take fingerprints, but they may impose a fee for this service.


Type or Print all information in Black Ink. DO NOT SIGN the fingerprint card until your signature can be witnessed by the official taking your fingerprints.


LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, MIDDLE NAME: In the order listed on the card, print your complete name. Do not modify any portion of your name to fit the card. For example, if your identification shows the suffix II, do not change it to Jr. on the card. If your last name is hyphenated, do not drop either name.


SIGNATURE OF PERSON FINGERPRINTED: You must show proof of your identity to the person taking your fingerprints. After examining your proof of identity, you should sign your full name being sure your signature is witnessed by the person taking your fingerprints.


ALIASES AKA: List all other names you have used including maiden name(s).


DATE OF BIRTH DOB: Enter your date of birth as MMDDYY. Example: Enter April 21, 1955 as 04/21/55


RESIDENCE OF PERSON FINGERPRINTED: List the current full mailing address.


DATE: Enter the date your fingerprint card is completed. This date cannot be more than 6 months from date of submission to authorities.


SIGNATURE OF OFFICIAL TAKING FINGERPRINTS: This line must be completed with the signature of the person taking your fingerprints. They should print their name underneath their signature.


CITIZENSHIP CTZ: Enter the name of the country where you are a citizen. Enter US for United States citizens. For foreign citizens, Use the two-character foreign country codes used by criminal justice agencies for federal reporting. All law enforcement agencies have a set of codes.


SEX: Enter either M (male) or F (female).


RACE: Use one of the following codes: A – Asian N – Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander B – Black

W – White I – American Indian/Alaskan Native U – Unknown


HEIGHT HGT: Enter your height in feet and inches. Do not use fractions of an inch.


WEIGHT WGT: Enter weight in pounds and round to the nearest pound. Do not use fractions of pounds.


EYES: Use one of the following three-character codes:

BLK – Black BLU – Blue BRO – Brown GRN – Green GRY – Gray HAZ – Hazel MAR – Maroon MUL – Multi-colored PNK – Pink XXX – Unknown

HAIR: Use one of the following three-character codes:

BAL – Bald BLK – Black BLN – Blond or Strawberry BRO – Brown GRN – Green GRY – Gray ONG – Orange PLE – Purple PNK – Pink RED – Red or Auburn SDY – Sandy WHI – White


PLACE OF BIRTH POB: Enter the two-character code for the state you were born in. If you were not born in the United States, enter the foreign country codes used by criminal justice agencies for federal reporting.


EMPLOYER AND ADDRESS: This entry will be completed by the State Board of Nursing.


REASON FINGERPRINTED: This entry will be completed by the State Board of Nursing.


SOCIAL SECURITY NO. SOC: Enter your Social Security number or work visa number.


The following headings should be left blank: ORI, OCA, FBI, MNU, and MISCELLANEOUS NO. MNU

I want to transfer (endorse) my license/certificate --- TO or FROM --- another state

Transfer (endorse) license/certificate TO another state

Transfer (endorse) license/certificate from another state to Wyoming

  • You will need to apply for a license by endorsement See section above I want to apply for WY license/certification on this page and complete an endorsement application.

----- I want to renew my license/certification -----

Renewal of license requires active nursing/CNA practice of at least 200 hours in the past 5 years see Administrative Rules of the WSBN, Ch 2, Sect 13.

  • If employed for at least 400 hours in the past 2 years you do not need to complete any additional CEUs (continuing education hours).

  • If employed 200 hours in the past 2 years you will need to complete 15 CEUs (continuing education hours) .

  • If employed less than 200 hours in the past 2 years you will need to complete 30 CEUs (continuing education hours).

Renewal FAQ

What do I do if I cannot remember my username and/or password?

· WSBN migrated to a new licensing system in Jan 2019. If you have not created an account in the new system you need to select the nurse portal link on the website and create an account. If you have already created an account and do not remember your password – select the “Forgot your password?” link in the Already have an account box?

How do I start the renewal process?

· First, create an account.

· Second, your license(s) and status is located on your dashboard screen – on the right hand side of your license there is a renewal link – select the renewal link.

If I currently have a multistate license in another state do I need to renew my Wyoming license?

· If your primary state of residency is Wyoming – Yes, you need to renew your WY license. If Wyoming is not your primary state of residency and you have a multistate through your primary state of residency – No, you do not have to renew your Wyoming license.

Can I upgrade to a multistate and renew at the same time?

· No, you can only renew what you currently have. If you have a single state RN, you can renew a single state RN. If you have a multistate RN, you can renew a multistate RN. If you want to upgrade this can be done before or after renewals. This will not change the cost of your renewal.

If I have an APRN and an RN license can I renew them both through the nurse portal?

· Yes, however it requires a separate application for each license.

Do I need to renew my Prescriptive Authority?

· Yes, you are required to complete 3 hours of continuing education related to the responsible prescribing of controlled substances or treatment of substance abuse disorders. A copy of the 3 hours is required to be uploaded in the application process.

Do I need to renew my IV-C Therapy?

· No, once it is on your file it will stay on your file.

Do I need to renew my HHA, CNA II, or MA-C?

· Yes, you need to renew your CNA certification first and then you will select the renewal link next to each certificate you have and complete the application.

How many CEUs do I need to renew my license/certificate?

· Wyoming does not have any mandatory continuing education (CE). CEs are an optional competency. For renewal requirements see Chapter 2, Section 13 which is located on the licensing tab of our website.

Do I need to send copies of my CEs?

· Yes, during the renewal application process you will need to upload copies of your CEs.

Can I use volunteer hours for active nursing practice?

· Active nursing practice may include volunteering in health or nursing professional organizations or in other situations where you may apply knowledge or clinical judgment in a way that influences patients, nurses, organizations, or systems. For more information see the Advisory Opinion – Verification of Active Nursing Practice posted on our website.

Does taking care of sick family members or neighbors count as active nursing practice?

· No. For more information for on acceptable active nurse practice see the Advisory Opinion – Verification of Active Nursing Practice posted on our website.

----- How do I verify a license/certificate for a nurse or CNA? -----

To verify a nursing License (RN/LPN/APRN) go to Nursys - Click HERE

To verify a CNA certificate click HERE

----- Nurse Licensure Compact Information-----

The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows a nurse (LPN/RN) to hold one multistate license to practice in their home state and other compact states. All initial Wyoming applications are vetted for a multistate license. Applicants must meet uniform licensure requirements (ULRs) to be issued a multistate license. Multistate licenses are issued by the primary state of residence (PSOR). If a nurse permanently relocates to another compact state, he/she must apply for a license in the new compact state. Visit National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) for more information and a map of current compact states.


----- Military Educated Applicants -----

Wyoming allows an individual who has graduated from an approved military course (listed in the NCSBN Analysis – Military) within the 5 yrs prior to application, to apply and sit for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) NCLEX . In addition to completing an application, the Military Verification form must be completed and submitted as part of the application process.

----- Foreign Educated Applicants -----

Foreign educated applicants must submit a Foreign Educated Application and meet the following criteria:

    • Graduate from an international education program (approved by the authorized accrediting body in the applicable country and verified by an independent credential review agency). See Accepted Credentialing Agencies below.

    • Successfully complete the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX –RN exam.

    • Provide verification of nursing licensure status and/or authorization to practice, if applicable, from country of origin.

    • Successfully pass an English proficiency exam that includes the components of reading, speaking, writing and listening (except for applicants from countries where English is the native language and the nursing program was taught in English and used English textbooks).

    • Provide a copy of your social security card AND another form of lawful presence (driver's license, birth certificate, passport, or other items listed on the application.)

    • Graduated from a foreign pre-licensure nursing education program within 5 years from date of application.

Accepted transcript credentialing agencies:

    • CGFNS course-by-course evaluation (Commission for Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools); or

    • CGFNS certificate program (CES); or

    • ERES (Education Records Evaluation Service); or

    • IERF (International Education Research Foundation, Inc); or

    • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

If a foreign educated nurse is currently licensed in the US, he/she will submit an Endorsement Application instead of the Foreign Educated Application.

Licensing Forms and Resources

Questions?

For fastest service

Call the number corresponding to your last name. Allow up to 2 business days for a return call

Licensing Staff Members

Raymie Bingman

Contact if your last name begins with letter A-L

307-777-6120

Brittney Goude

Contact if your last name begins with letter M-Z

307-777-8620

Lisa Hastings

Licensing Supervisor

307-777-7616

Prometrics CNA Testing

At least 4 registered candidates are needed in order for Prometrics to offer testing.

This chart outlines the number of registered candidates as of 12/6/2021.

Blank is an application missing a preferred site.

Contact Prometrics directly to register for an exam https://www.prometric.com/nurseaide/wy


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