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LPN Programs in District of Columbia - Washington, DC

How to become a Licensed Practical Nurse in District of Columbia

The District of Columbia Health Professional Licensing Administration is responsible for setting the guidelines by which all nurses in the district are licensed and held accountable.  Potential licensed practical nurses will need to submit a New License Application to the Washington D.C. Board of Nursing.  Practical nurses can become licensed by endorsement or by examination.  All applicants who have never held an LPN license before must apply for a license by examination.  All applicants who have held a practical nurse license in another state are eligible to submit an application for licensure by endorsement. 


The application is the same for both examination and endorsement; however some of the requirements are different. 

Basic Requirements to Obtain a LPN License in the District of Columbia

  • Complete an approved and accredited Washington, DC LPN program. 
  • Submit a New License Application to the District of Columbia Board of Nursing. 
  • Include the following documentation if you are applying for licensure by examination:
    • Application fee of $187
    • Two recent and identical passport-type photos
    • Official transcript with seal and cover letter 
    • Copies of legal documents supporting all name changes 
  • Include the following documentation if you are applying for licensure by endorsement:
    • Application fee of $230
    • Two recent and identical passport-type photos
    • Copy of most recently obtained LPN license
    • Verification from your original Board of licensure
    • Verification from your most recent state of licensure (if different from original)
    • Verification from Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Specialty Certifying Board Form
    • Copies of legal documents supporting all name changes 
  • Apply to take the NCLEX examination and wait for approval from the Nursing Board to do so. 
  • Pass the NCLEX exam.  If you pass and your application for licensure is approved, you LPN license will be issued.  If you do not pass, you will need to file an Application for Reexamination with the Board of Nursing and retake the NCLEX exam. 
  • Search for a jobs as a LPN in Washington D.C. 
  • Renewal license biennially as required by the District of Columbia Health Professional Licensing Administration. 

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