Tracking Nurses – What You Need to Know

Each state has a different process for investigating and disciplining nurses and for making licensing information available to the public. We compiled the chart below to show which states allow you to verify a nurse’s license for free online, which provide Web access to disciplinary documents, and which participate in a publicly available national database.

Key States highlighted in green provide both free online license verification and free disciplinary documents online.

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State Name License lookup page Free online license lookup? Free disciplinary documents online? Participates in national database (Nursys.com)? How to request records Lists of disciplined nurses online
Alabama License lookup page Yes No No Contact the Legal Department at the Alabama Board at (800) 656-5318. Lists of disciplined nurses
Alaska License lookup page Yes No Yes Contact license@alaska.gov. Recent disciplinary actions
Arizona License lookup page Yes Yes Yes The board is in the process of putting disciplinary documents online. They are available on each nurse's license verification page. If you need additional information, contact (602) 771-7875. Lists of disciplined nurses since 2003
Arkansas License lookup page Yes No Yes Arkansas offers limited free online verification of nurses' licenses. Additional details are available for a fee. A telephone license verification system can be reached at (501) 682-2200. Lists of disciplined nurses since 2007
California License lookup page Yes Yes No Disciplinary documents can be accessed on each nurse's license verification page. ProPublica's list of California nurses disciplined from 2002 to September 2009

A list of recently disciplined nurses
Colorado License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents can be accessed on a central discipline site, searching by last name or license number. Lists of nurses disciplined since 2005
Connecticut License lookup page Yes Yes No Documents can be viewed by searching for a disciplined nurse's license number in the pulldown list. A list of recently disciplined nurses
Delaware License lookup page Yes No Yes Contact (302) 744-4500 or email customerservice.dpr@state.de.us. A list of all disciplined nurses
District of Columbia License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents can be accessed on each nurse's license verification page and through a central discipline site Lists of recently disciplined nurses
Florida License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents can often be accessed on each nurse's license verification page. If records are missing, they can be requested from the Central Records unit. You may also contact the unit by telephone at (850) 245-4121. Disciplinary reports home page
Georgia License lookup page Yes Yes No Some documents are available when searching on a nurse's name. If you need to request additional information, contact (478) 207-2440. Lists of recent nursing board actions
Hawaii License lookup page Yes No No Contact the Office of Administrative Hearings at (808) 586-2828 or (808) 586-3097 (fax) or oah@dcca.hawaii.gov. List of monthly disciplinary actions (NOTE: Nurses are included with other professionals regulated by the state.)
Idaho License lookup page Yes No Yes Users must fill out an online form to get disciplinary documents mailed to them. If you need to request additional information, contact (208) 334-3110. A list of nurses disciplined since 1996
Illinois License lookup page Yes No No Fax a letter seeking disciplinary documents to the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation at (217) 557-8073. Include your contact information, including e-mail address, as well as the license number, full name and city of the person about whom you are requesting records. Lists of nurses disciplined since 1999 (NOTE: Nurses are included with other professionals regulated by the state.)
Indiana License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents cannot be found on each nurse's license verification page. Users can fully access them on a central litigation documents page. An advanced search may be needed to search by name. Disciplinary reports home page (NOTE: Be sure to select the "nursing board.")
Iowa License lookup page Yes Yes Yes You must know a nurse's license number to verify a license on Iowa's website. Disciplinary documents can be accessed from a central disciplinary documents page. A list of recently sanctioned nurses
Kansas License lookup page No Yes No The state charges a fee to verify each license but disciplinary records can be accessed from a central discipline page. A list of disciplined nurses
Kentucky License lookup page Yes No Yes Contact the board's Consumer Protection Branch at (502) 429-3300. A list of disciplined nurses
Louisiana License lookup page Yes No Yes The board charges a fee for disciplinary documents. Disciplinary actions listed in the board's quarterly newsletter, the Examiner
Maine License lookup page Yes No Yes Contact (207) 287-1133. A list of recently disciplined nurses
Maryland License lookup page Yes No Yes Send a written request to Bonnie Kuchta at the Maryland Board of Nursing, 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215-2254. Her phone number is (410) 585-1953 and fax is (410) 358-1499. Lists of recently disciplined nurses
Massachusetts License lookup page Yes No Yes Contact michael.e.bearse@state.ma.us. A list of disciplined nurses since January 2006
Michigan License lookup page Yes No No You may fax a request for additional information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) at (517) 241-1212 or contact Mary E. Hess at BHP-FOIAINFO@michigan.gov. Minutes of disciplinary subcommittee meetings
Minnesota License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Verifying a nurse's license requires free registration as a "public user." Disciplinary documents are available on each nurse's license verification page. A list of recently disciplined nurses
Mississippi License lookup page Yes No Yes To verify a license online, you need a nurse's last name and either his/her license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number. Disciplinary documents can be requested by clicking "more information" on a nurse's license verification page. The board charges $20 for copies of each disciplinary order. Lists of nurses disciplined since 1998
Missouri License lookup page Yes No Yes Contact the board at nursing@pr.mo.gov. Disciplinary actions listed in the board's quarterly newsletter
Montana License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents are available on each nurse's license verification page. Disciplinary actions listed in the board's quarterly newsletter
Nebraska License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents are available on each nurse's license verification page. Disciplinary actions listed in the board's periodic newsletter
Nevada License lookup page Yes No No Contact the board at (888) 590-6726 or nursingboard@nsbn.state.nv.us. Lists of nurses disciplined since 2003
New Hampshire License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents are available on each nurse's license verification page. Questions can be directed to call Susan Goodness at the Board office, (603) 271-2323. Disciplinary actions listed in the board's periodic newsletter
New Jersey License lookup page Yes No Yes Contact the board at (973) 504-6430. Lists of nurses disciplined since 2004
New Mexico License lookup page Yes No Yes Contact the board at (505) 841-8340. A list of disciplined nurses (NOTE: See links on bottom left of home page.)
New York License lookup page Yes No No Contact the state Office of the Professions' Public Information Unit at dplsdsu@mail.nysed.gov or call (518) 474-3817 ext. 330 for a copy of the official disciplinary record. Lists of nurses disciplined since 1994 (NOTE: It is searchable by last name or month of discipline. Nurses are included with other professionals regulated by the state.)
North Carolina License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents (since November 2006) are available on each nurse's license verification page. For public documents prior to November 2006, call (919) 782-3211 ext. 283 or 240. Lists of disciplinary actions
North Dakota License lookup page Yes No Yes To verify a license online, you need a nurse's license number or Social Security number. Contract the board at (701) 328-9777 or by fax at (701) 328-9785 for additional information on discipline. Disciplinary actions included in the board's meeting minutes
Ohio License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents are often available on each nurse's license verification page. If a document isn't available, contact the board at (614) 466-3947. Lists of disciplined nurses since 2006
Oklahoma License lookup page Yes No No Contact the board at (405) 962-1800. Lists of nurses disciplined since 2006
Oregon License lookup page Yes No Yes E-mail osbn.records@state.or.us or send a faxed request for records to Rebecca Nyberg at 971-673-0684. Lists of nurses disciplined in the past year
Pennsylvania License lookup page Yes No No E-mail the board at ra-prothonotary@state.pa.us. Lists of nurses disciplined since 2005 (NOTE: Nurses are included with other professionals regulated by the state.)
Rhode Island License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Some disciplinary documents are available on a central discipline page. If a document isn’t available, contact the board at (401) 222-5700. Lists of nurses disciplined since 1982
South Carolina License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents are available on each nurse's license verification page and on a central discipline page. A list of disciplined nurses 1987
South Dakota License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents since 2003 are available on a central discipline page. A list of disciplinary actions since 2003
Tennessee License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents are available on each nurse's license verification page. Contact the board at (615) 532-5166. Lists of nurses disciplined since 2004 (NOTE: Nurses are included with other professionals regulated by the state.)
Texas License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents are available online for cases handled since mid 2007 through a central discipline page. Other documents can be requested by writing to the board at Texas Board of Nursing, Enforcement Division, 333 Guadalupe 3-460, Austin, TX 78701-3944. A list of the most-recent disciplinary actions

Historical actions
Utah License lookup page Yes No Yes Records are available for a fee. Lists of disciplinary actions since 1999 (NOTE: Nurses are included with other professionals regulated by the state.)
Vermont License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents are available on a central discipline page. A list of disciplined nurses (NOTE: Nurses are included with other professionals regulated by the state.)
Virginia License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents are available on each nurse's license verification page. A list of disciplinary actions taken in the last 90 days; Customize a discipline search
Washington License lookup page Yes Yes No Disciplinary documents are available on each nurse's license verification page. News releases about health provider discipline
West Virginia License lookup page Yes No No Contact the board at (304) 558-3596 or rnboard@state.wv.us. Lists of registered nurses disciplined since fiscal 2004
Wisconsin License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents are available on each nurse's license verification page and on a central discipline page. Lists of disciplined nurses since 1998 (NOTE: Nurses are included with other professionals regulated by the state.)
Wyoming License lookup page Yes Yes Yes Disciplinary documents since 2000 are available on a central discipline page. Disciplinary actions listed in the board's quarterly newsletter