You must be licensed and registered by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) to practice nursing as an LPN or refer to yourself as an “LPN” or “licensed practical nurse” in New York State.
Licensure and Registration
To be licensed and registered as an LPN in New York State, you must:
- be of good moral character;
- be at least seventeen years of age;
- be a high school graduate (or the equivalent);
- graduate from a nursing education program acceptable to NYSED;
- complete New York State required infection control coursework;
- pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) or another license examination acceptable to NYSED; and,
- apply for an LPN license with NYSED.
After you qualify for a license as an LPN, NYSED will issue you a license parchment and a registration certificate.
- Your license is valid for life, unless it is surrendered, revoked, annulled, or suspended by the New York State Board of Regents.
- Your LPN registration certificate will authorize you to practice as an LPN for 3 years in New York State. The second registration after licensure is shortened to move your re-registration period to align with your month of birth. The registration renewal fee will be prorated for that period. You must renew your registration every 3 years to continue to practice as an LPN in New York State. You are not legally allowed to practice as an LPN while your registration is expired.
You should also read the general licensing information applicable for all professions.