How to Transfer My New York LPN License to Pennsylvania

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When you move from New York to Pennsylvania, you may be anxious to continue your nursing career right away. However, New York licensed practical nurse (LPN) licensing isn't automatically transferable to Pennsylvania, and you cannot practice nursing in Pennsylvania without obtaining a temporary practice permit. This permit allows you to work in Pennsylvania for a short time while you await approval or denial of your application for a new LPN licensing. Fortunately, you can obtain a permit and new license through a fairly straightforward process.

Instructions

  1. Visit the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing website. This site provides information about transferring an LPN license from out of state.

  2. Read the board endorsement information as provided on this site. It includes information about the application required for transferring an out-of-state nursing license.

  3. Download a licensure by endorsement application. You will need Adobe reader to open the portable document format (PDF) file.

  4. Print and complete the licensure by endorsement application. Provide contact information, your Social Security number, identifying details and information about your current nurse licensing.

  5. Mail the completed licensure by endorsement form to the address provided on the application and enclose the fees listed for a license by endorsement and temporary practice permit. Include both fees in one check or money order.

  6. Complete and sign the top portion of the verification of licensure form and send it to the New York Board of Nursing for verification of your current licensing. The PDF that contains the licensure by endorsement application includes a link for this form.

  7. Arrange to have your nurse education program transcripts sent to the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The board does not accept student copies.

  8. Receive a temporary practice permit if your application is approved. You can use this to work as an LPN in the state of Pennsylvania for one full year or until the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing denies or approves your permanent licensing application.

  9. Work in Pennsylvania using the temporary practice permit until the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing approves or denies your application for licensing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some states participate in the Nurse Licensure Compant, which allows nurses to have a multi-state license with a primary license in one state. Pennsylvania does not participate.

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