This is a quick reference for the cost and timeline of obtaining states licenses. Please note that fees are constantly changing.

If the temp cost is the same as the permanent cost, then the temporary license is actually free. Some states offer temporary nurse practitioner licenses too, and they are typically the same price as the RN temp.

The perm timeframe applies to RN licenses. You would need the same amount of time for a perm ARNP license. Sometimes the RN takes longer because of fingerprinting, other times the NP license takes longer because they need to verify your other state licenses. So the timeframe in the chart would actually double for the RN and ARNP license, and triple if you need a prescribing license.

I also included the cost of having a prescribing license for the states that use a separate license.

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