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Read the following instructions carefully before proceeding with the online renewal process.
South Dakota (SD) joined the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) 01/01/2001. You are not eligible for licensure in SD if your primary state of residence is another compact state. See www.ncsbn.org for a list of compact states.
To qualify for licensure by examination in the state of SD, you must have completed:
In order to be made eligible to test the following must be received in the Board of Nursing office:
When you have met all eligibility requirements and have been deemed eligible for licensure by board staff, Pearson Vue will e-mail or mail you an Authorization to Test (ATT). Follow directions given by the ATT for scheduling your appointment to test.
Note: SD Board of Nursing does not provide you with the ATT.
A Temporary Permit will be issued when the following have been received at the Board of Nursing office:
South Dakota law regulating nursing is mandatory. It is illegal to practice as a nurse without a current license or a valid Temporary Permit. There is no provision in law to use the title “graduate nurse”. A Temporary Permit requires use of the title Registered Nurse Applicant (RN App) or Licensed Practical Nurse Applicant (LPN App). A Temporary Permit is available only for a first-time NCLEX writer who has fulfilled eligibility requirements, is non-renewable and valid for 90 days or until written notification of NCLEX testing results is received by the applicant.
Once all items are received in our office, you may view your Temporary Permit, issue date and expiration date on our website.
To track the progress of your application, you may check our website and click on Application Status under Online Services. Those items without dates next to them have not been received in our office yet.
A receipt with a confirmation number will display at the end of this process if your application and payment have been submitted. Please print this receipt as proof of payment.
Please keep the Board of Nursing informed of any address changes by completing the address change option on this website.