South Carolina is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC allows a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse licensed in a Compact state to practice across state lines in another Compact state without having to obtain a license in the other state. It is important to remember that the NLC requires nurses to adhere to the nursing practice laws and rules of the state in which he/she practices under his/her Compact license. If a nurse moves from one state to another and establishes residency, the nurse must apply for licensure in that state. In the case of electronic nursing practice (telenursing), the nurse must adhere to the practice standards of the state in which the client receives care. Please visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website (www.ncsbn.org) for a list of states that have implemented the Compact.
"Primary state of residence” as defined by the Compact means the "person's declared fixed permanent and principal home for legal purposes; domicile.” Proof of primary residence may include but is not limited to 1) Driver's license with a home address; 2) Voter registration card displaying a home address; 3) Federal income tax return declaring the primary state of residence. 4) Military Form # 2058- state of legal residence certificate; or 5) W2 from US Government or any bureau, division or agency thereof indicating the declared state of residence.
If your primary state of residence is another Compact State, you are not eligible for RN or LPN licensure in South Carolina.
If your primary state of residence is another Compact State, you are not eligible to take the RN or LPN NCLEX for South Carolina.
(D)(1) A registered nurse who has been granted multi-state licensing privileges by a party state may practice registered nursing in this State.
(2) A licensed practical nurse who has been granted multi-state licensing privileges by a party state may practice practical nursing in this State.
(3) A nurse who has been granted multi-state licensing privileges as provided for in subsection (D)(1) or (2) shall notify the board, on a standard form provided by the board, before commencing any nursing practice in this State, of the identity and location of the nurse's prospective practice location, the nurse's current address, and other contact information as requested. A nurse shall maintain at all times a current address and contact information during practice in this State.
Information for applicants:
All applicants must register with the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) using the form provided online at http://www.pearsonvue.com/nclex Please be advised that all fees are non-refundable. Section 40-33-32(E) states: An applicant who does not pass the licensure examination on the first attempt may retake the examination not more frequently than once every forty-five days for up to one year from the first attempt. An applicant who does not pass the examination within one year of the first examination shall provide evidence satisfactory to the board of remediation approved by the board before reexamination. An applicant who has not passed the National Council Licensure Examination within three years of graduation must re-qualify to take the examination by enrolling in an approved nursing education program and demonstrating knowledge, skills, and ability of a graduate nurse.
Repeat candidates who are applying for licensure as an RN/LPN in South Carolina for the first time must also submit the initial application.
All remediation plans must be submitted to the Board office for approval prior to initiation. Failure to notify the Board may prevent the applicant from qualifying to repeat the examination.
The South Carolina Code of Laws requires that every individual who applies for an occupational or professional license provide a social security or alien identification number for use in the establishment, enforcement and collection of child support obligations and for reporting to certain databanks established by law. Failure to provide your social security number for these mandatory purposes will result in the denial of your licensure application. Social security numbers may also be disclosed to other governmental regulatory agencies and for identification purposes to testing providers and organizations involved in professional regulation. Your social security number will not be released for any other purpose not provided for by law. Other personal information collected by the Department for the licensing boards it administers is limited to such personal information as is necessary to fulfill a legitimate public purpose. The South Carolina Freedom of Information Act ensures that the public has a right to access appropriate records and information possessed by a government agency. Therefore, some personal information on the application may be subject to public scrutiny or release. The Department collects and disseminates personal information in compliance with The South Carolina Freedom of Information Act, the South Carolina Family Privacy Protection Act, and other applicable privacy laws and regulations. Additionally, the Department shares certain information on the application with other governmental agencies for various governmental purposes, including research and statistical services.
Visit the Board's Website at www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursing
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:
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
ATTN: SC CARD SCAN
3051 HOLLIS DR SUITE 310
SPRINGFIELD IL 62704
Please include a daytime telephone number where the applicant can be reached if we have a question about the fingerprint card.