(Updating from a current South Carolina RN License to SC APRN License)
Information for Applicant
South Carolina is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC does not affect additional requirements imposed by states for advanced-practice registered nursing. A multi-state licensure privilege to practice registered nursing granted by a party state must be recognized by other party states as a license to practice registered nursing if a license to practice registered nursing is required by state law as a precondition for qualifying for advanced-practice registered nurse authorization.
A current APRN South Carolina license or temporary license is required to practice advanced nursing in this state. Orientation is considered the practice of nursing in South Carolina. Therefore, all nurses must possess a current South Carolina license and/or temporary license before beginning orientation (including classroom instruction and reading policies and procedures). It is a violation of the Nurse Practice Act to begin orientation without the proper license and can result in action by the Board. Please visit our website at www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursing to review the complete South Carolina Nurse Practice Act, Section 40-33-34 for more details on educational and certification requirements.
Prior to completing application, review Section 40-33-34 of the Nurse Practice Act for statutory requirements for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in South Carolina. The Nurse Practice Act can be found under Laws/Policies on our website www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursing/
If you were previously licensed by the SC Board of Nursing as an APRN, do not complete this application form. Go to www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursing for the APRN Reactivation/Reinstatement application.
An applicant for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) shall furnish evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant:
Instructions & Information
Criminal Background Check (CBC)
Effective March 2, 2009, an applicant for a license to practice nursing in South Carolina shall be subject to a criminal history background check as defined in 40-33-25 of the Nursing Practice Act.
This process requires you to furnish a full set of fingerprints and additional information required to enable a criminal history background check to be conducted by the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The cost of conducting a criminal history background check is determined by MorphoTrust USA. Please contact them for appropriate fee.
To schedule an appointment online with Identogo/MorphoTrust USA please visit http://www.identogo.com or call 1-866-254-2366 for assistance in scheduling your CBC.
South Carolina applicants will need to show one (1) form of identification - South Carolina State Issued Photo Drivers License
For out of state applicants who do not hold a South Carolina State Issued Photo Drivers license, you will need to submit two (2) forms of identification from the list below:
State issued photo Drivers License
Social Security Card
If you are a non-resident of South Carolina and reside in an area where no Identogo/MorphoTrust USA fingerprinting centers are available, please follow the Non-Resident Card Scan Processing Procedures on the next page.
Click here or visit webpage http://www.identogo.com to see if your state has Identogo/MorphoTrust USA fingerprinting centers.
Do not return fingerprint card or fingerprint processing fee to the Board.
Non-Resident Card Scan Processing Procedures
For applicants that reside out of South Carolina who wish to use the Identogo/Morpho Trust USA Centers, you may use these centers that are located in South Carolina only. You may call Morpho Trust USA at 866-254-2366 and speak with a customer service representative for the South Carolina locations. If an applicant does not reside near South Carolina, they must complete and submit the fingerprint cards by following the directions below.
Applicants who reside outside of South Carolina may use Identogo/MorphoTrust USA Card Scan Processing Program. This program utilizes advanced scanning technology to convert a traditional fingerprint card (hard card) into an electronic fingerprint record. Converting a “hard card” into an electronic record enables an applicant to have their fingerprint record processed as quickly as if they had traveled to an electronic fingerprint processing location. The section below details the procedures for submitting fingerprints to the MorphoTrust card scan department.
South Carolina Licensing and Certification
Please include a daytime telephone number where the applicant can be reached if we have a question about the fingerprint card.