Updated 5-27-2022

MN RN License FAQs

Is MN a compact state? No, MN is not a compact state.

How can I apply for an MN RN license? Link to apply: https://mn.gov/boards/nursing/licensure/apply-for-a-license/

Is an MN RN license required to work this work stoppage? Yes, an active MN RN license OR an MN RN temp permit/license is required to work this potential assignment.

I have never applied for my MN RN License when should I apply for it? First, you must be an approved participant for this MN Twin Cities Work Stoppage. New applicants should apply for the MN RN license immediately. Upon being Approved for the work stoppage, you must immediately start the application process for the MN license.

My MN RN license is expired, when should I start the renewal process? First, you must be an approved participant for this MN Twin Cities Work Stoppage. Please renew your application ASAP! Upon being Approved for the work stoppage, you must immediately start the application process for the MN license. The renewal process can also take up to 60+ days or longer!

Where can I find more information on the MN RN License application process? You can visit their website: https://mn.gov/boards/nursing/licensure/

Can I work with an MN RN Temporary permit/license? Yes, you can work with an MN RN temp permit/license up to its expiration date, which will vary with each applicant.

How can I get an MN RN Temporary permit/license? Only new applicants qualify for an MN RN Temp permit/license. During the initial application process, one of the questions will ask if you would like a temporary permit/license to be issued. Please check the box for them to issue you an MN RN Temp permit/license while you work to obtain your permanent license.

In MN, a nurse can only apply for a temporary permit/license once in a lifetime. Those with a current expired MN RN license cannot request a temporary permit/license if they’ve requested it in the past.

How long is an MN RN Temp license good for? 60 days. The 60-day marker starts from the date of the nurse application, not from the date the BON issued the temp permit/license.

How long does it take for an MN RN Temp license to be issued after I’ve requested one? It typically takes 2-5 days for the BON to issue an MN RN Temp permit/license. However, with how backed up the BON is, it can take up to 2 weeks for a temp permit/license to be issued.

Will I be reimbursed for my MN RN license?

Qualifications for reimbursements:

  • You will be reimbursed for the license if you are first APPROVED to work this assignment AND you were available at the time of commencement & work the work stoppage.
  • You will also be reimbursed for the license if you are first APPROVED to work the assignment AND you were available the entire time, but the work stoppage settles. You need to be available throughout the entire time.
  • You must provide MSSI with a valid receipt.

Situations in which will not be reimbursed:

  • You will not be reimbursed if you withdraw at any time, and the strike has not come to a settlement yet.
  • You will not be reimbursed if you applied/renewed before you were first approved for this potential work stoppage.
  • You will not be reimbursed if we do not have a valid receipt.

The MN BON is very backed up, so they provided some tips below that will help minimize any challenges that can slow down the process:

  • ACCURACY counts. Please ensure all areas of the form are completed before sending or it will be returned to the applicant for correction. The most common omissions are:
    • Not including a full middle name or checking the box that the applicant doesn’t have a middle name
    • Not including the last date of practice in MM/DD/YYYY format (do not write current)
    • Not signing and dating the form – typewritten font signatures are not accepted (see below for the acceptable signatures)
  • Acceptable signatures include:
    • Handwritten signatures
    • An electronic copy of a handwritten signature
    • Adobe signatures that are Time Stamped
    • DocuSign signatures
  • You must fill out the Nursing confirmation of Employment Form in its entirety. Please pay attention to the last employer you list – this information must be identical to what is on your application. This employer must also complete and sign the Employment Form.
  • The temp permit/license is valid for 60 days from the date of application. If the application is not filled out accurately and if there is additional research that needs to be done on a nurse, this may cut into the 60-day validity timeframe. In that case, the permit will be posted with a shorter duration of validity.
  • The staff at the BON completing the temporary permits/licenses are the same individuals that answer the phones. Please do not repeatedly call the BON as this takes the workers away from processing applications.
  • Begin the application process immediately.
  • Please begin the criminal background check immediately following the temp permit/license application. The permanent licenses are taking much longer to process.