Illinois Board of Nursing – Licensing and Contact Information

Illinois Board of Nursing

Every job has some behind-the-scenes aspects that not everyone is aware of.

As far as nurses go, one such aspect is the Board of Nursing.

Read on to find out more about this entity in Illinois!

What Does the Board Do?

All the states across the US have an institution overseeing various professionals.

In Illinois, unlike in many other states, the Board of Nursing is under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

The Board of Nursing is in charge of:

  • Ensuring the integrity of the public health, safety, and welfare
  • Issuing licenses
  • Renewing the credentials
  • Ensuring the candidates meet the requirements
  • Imposing disciplinary actions
  • Promulgating the rules and regulations
  • Maintaining accurate records

In Illinois, the following professionals need a license from the Board of Nursing:

  • Registered Professional Nurse (RN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Advanced Practice Nurse (APN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse- Full Practice Authority (APRN-FPA)

Getting Approval to Take the NCLEX

Future nurses get licensed if they pass the exam the National Council of State Boards of Nursing provides.

This is the NCLEX that has recognition across:

  • The USA
  • Canada
  • Australia

In the US, this exam is organized at the Pearson Vue testing centers across the state.

You have to sign up for the exam and pay the appropriate fees.

For this, you’ll need to:

  • Graduate from a training program
  • Apply for the license with the Board, at the same time
  • Fill out the online application
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Provide a copy of your fingerprints

Applying for a nursing license with the Board involves additional fees.

Almost none of the fees is refundable, and candidates have up to 365 days to take the exam once they get approved.

Renewing Your License

If you had become a nurse, you might already know that your license has to be renewed.

For this, you’ll have to continue your education with appropriate and approved classes.

In Illinois, by law, you’ll have to answer several questions found on the online application form.

These include one related to child support, even if you don’t have to pay it.

The license renewal application form is also where you can update the following details:

  • Change of address
  • Change of name

These changes must be accompanied by the appropriate documents.

Make sure to sign the document and also provide your email address.

It can take up to 4 business days for the status of your license to be updated in the system.

Individuals can check the license renewal page at if they want to see if they must renew theirs or not.

The professions that require this action are listed there some 2 to 3 months before the expiration date.

Be aware that practicing without active credentials can be seen as a violation of the law and the person could face charges.

How To Do A License Lookup

If you need to look up the license of any nurse, including your own, you’ll have to visit

Through this page, you’ll also be able to find out if the license exists, is active, expired, or is in need of renewal.

These are the details you’ll have to provide on the new page that appears:

  • License Type
  • License Status
  • License Number
  • Legal Business Name
  • Doing Business As
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • City
  • State
  • County
  • Zip

Each of this information has its own field to fill out.

The only exception is the first one where you must choose the type of license from many options available.

You’ll have to fill the form as correctly as you can for the most accurate results.

Illinois Board of Nursing Contact Information

The Board of Nursing in Illinois has 2 physical addresses:

  • IDFPR/Nursing Unit
    320 W. Washington St., 3rd Floor
    Springfield, IL 62786
  • IDFPR/Nursing Unit
    555 West Monroe.,5th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60661

However, when you need to mail it stuff, you must use the address in Springfield.

You can also contact the institution at these numbers:

  • All Inquiries: 1-888-473-4858
  • Professional Licensing: 1-800-560-6420
  • TTY Line: 1-866-325-4949

If you prefer electronic communication, there’s a “Contact Us” page at this link:


There are 3 mandatory fields, as this page is common for all the boards overseen by the Department.

The fields are:

  • Profession
  • Licensee or Applicant’s Name
  • Your Email Address


Of course, the internet has more resources for you to check out, especially as far as the Nursing Board in Illinois is concerned.

  1. Avatar for Lilly Kutty George Lilly Kutty George

    Please check my license status.

  2. Avatar for Fatima Asuncion Fatima Asuncion

    Hi, I took the NCLEX for Illinois state last 2019. Is it possible to retake the exam? What requirements do I have to provide? Thank you.

  3. Avatar for Meg Chamber Meg Chamber

    Please send this to Illionois Medical Board also. and Ohio Medical Board 614-664-3934
    My sister, Maureen J and her husband, Dr.Dave E McMahon 1777 Coventry Rd. Upper Arlington, Ohio 43212. Their phones are 614-277-467-, 614-481-4003, 614-560-0227 have been paying a hired bully and attorney, Aaron Brockler 55 Public Sq 8th Floor Cleveland, Ohio
    44113. He lives at 12436 Janette Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44136. His phones are 216=815-8860 and 216-545-5680. To constantly haress, pester, bully me from his echos, silliouettes and heat sensors. Brockler plays tapes of himself bullying me for hours at a time. especially when im eating in a restaurant and trying to fall asleep.
    Brockler pays 10 different retired Cleveland, Ohio First District 3895 W 130 St Cleve, Ohio 44111. 216-623-5106, 5107, 5108, 5109. And Ed Fermont 1261 Fry Ave Lakewood, Ohio 44107 and retired finance from Division 614-664-3536. Every day there are different retired police like Sherman, and jailor on 1054 Hird Ave Lakewood, Ohio 44107 bullying me 22 hours every day to slowly kill me.
    Dr Dave E McMahon payed brockler $$ nine hundred million trillion dollars five hundred thousand times to make me unconfortable and screaming angry.
    I am trying to convince them that I died so they will stop bothering me. Thank you

  4. Avatar for Sue Gimm Sue Gimm

    my name is sue gimm. I have been waiting for my LPN renewal license. I have completed the neccessary documents and the $130 few.
    I would greatly appreciate any help you can provide. I live Moline Illinois.
    Thank you
    Sue Gimm

  5. Avatar for Metilda Xavier Metilda Xavier

    Hi ,
    I am a registered nurse in Alberta, Canada.
    I had an application for RN licensure with Illinois nsg board through RN force in 2020, unfortunately I was not able to complete the finger scanning due to covid closure of offices. I would like to complete it now. Is it possible to send me the finger scanning details again? Or can you advise me further?
    Metilda Xavier- my reference number from ERES-20-01-811.

  6. Avatar for Shettri Tiku Shettri Tiku

    This is S.Tiku, DOB: 14 Oct-1984. I have applied for ERES for Illinois Nursing License, and the ERES evaluation no. is 23-01–18076. I have already submitted my Unofficial report from ERES, and I have no clue what is the next step.
    Please help me out. Thanking you in advance.

    Shettri Tiku

  7. Avatar for Michelle Michelle

    I have a question about a person who is trying for a cna license or certificate.

  8. Avatar for rebecca arner rebecca arner

    I need to know what to do with the watermark on my transcript that you need a copy of–because it will not copy–you say not to send them to you –so what to do?

  9. Avatar for Deborah Murray Deborah Murray

    My name is Deborah Murray (01.30.1957), I have recently moved to Indiana and have applied to obtain an Indiana RN license by endorsement. There is one problem I have which involves my inactive LPN license since 1/31/1975, That license number is xxxxxx. I am requesting that be sent to the Indiana Nursing Board, Nurse’s has sent a digital copy of my RN license.
    I am most grateful for your assistance.
    Deborah Murray

  10. Avatar for Lensah Nyambane Lensah Nyambane

    Hello, i did nclex on October 2023 and I need to retake the exams. I have tried to apply to continental testing services but it is not going through please assist

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