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License Practical Nurses

Licensing Services

Licensed Practical Nurses 


  • Original Practical Nurse License (LPN) by Examination: You are applying to take an examination in order to qualify for licensure in Colorado.
  • Original Practical Nurse License (LPN) by Endorsement: You hold an active license in another state and wish to apply for licensure in Colorado.
  • Renew: You currently hold a Colorado license and are in a renewal period.
  • Reinstate: Your Colorado license has expired and you wish to reinstate the license. 

Licensing Requirements

  • Click here for licensing requirements for Colorado License Practical Nurses.
  • Click here for more information regarding the Nurse Licensure Compact for Colorado.
  • Click here for help determining scope of practice.

NOTICE: Application for Practical Nurse Licensure is Online ONLY!

Those wishing to apply for an original practical nurse license (LPN)  by Examination or Endorsement must now do so using the online system.  Please use the link below to be directed to Online Services.  Upon your first visit, you must register an account with the division. 

A checklist of required items is also posted below.  Please review the checklist before you begin your online application to ensure you are prepared to submit all required information and documentation to the division.

Applications & Forms

ONLINE Application for Original License by Examination or Endorsement

Checklist for Online Application by Examination and Endorsement

Application to Reinstate an Expired License

Application to Change Status from Active to Inactive

Application to Reactivate an Inactive License

Application for Retired Volunteer Status

Special Permit Application

LPN IV Authority

Competency to Practice Form

Request Form for Verification of Origianl License (non-NURSYS participating states)

SSN Affidavit (foreign applicants not physically present in the U.S.)



License Expiration Grace Period for New Applicants. All new applicants who are issued a license within 120 days of the upcoming renewal expiration date will be issued a license with the subsequent expiration date. For example, licenses issued between May 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014 will reflect a license expiration date of August 31, 2016. Licenses issued prior to May 1, 2014 will reflect an expiration date of August 31, 2014 and must renew in the upcoming renewal period.

License Renewal Information. All Practical Nurse licenses expire on August 31 of even-numbered years and must be renewed to continue practicing.


Test Accommodations

The Division of Professions and Occupations provides test accommodations to applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). To submit a request for accommodations, please complete the Test Accommodations Request Form provided in the link below and return it and the documentation requested in Part II of the Form with your application materials.


Still have questions?

Please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions for quick answers and email information.


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