Medical Students and Nursing Graduates to Become Licensed Sooner Under New Guides

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and national and state declarations of emergency, Governor Whitmer and LARA Director, Orlene Hawks, recognize the critical need for current graduating medical students to be licensed as quickly as possible.

As a result, the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has updated the licensing guides for graduating MD/DO students and nurses in Michigan.

Download the updated information below:
Nursing License (Abbreviated Licensing Guide for New Graduates of Nursing SchoolsLocated in the United States)

TEMPORARY Nursing License (Guide for New Graduates of Nursing Schools Located in the United States)

Michigan Medical Doctor Educational Limited License Michigan Osteopathic Physician Educational Limited License (Abbreviated Licensing Guide for New Graduates of Medical Schools or Osteopathic Medical Schools Located in the United States)

Please note the following updates were made to the guides:

  1. MD/DO Educational Limited License Guide:
    • Removed the previous language under 1d – Controlled Substance License which caused confusion for applicants and just noted that if the applicant will not be prescribing he/she does not need to apply for a CS license and provided clarification.
    • Updated the contact section:
      • Students should email their questions and contact information to BPL with the expectation that they will receive a response and follow-up call the same day or by the next workday.  This is being done until the remote call center is set-up.
      • Universities and Colleges should contact Marnie Wills and Dawn Gage with questions regarding the process and/or items not covered in the guide.
  2. RN/LPN Licensing Guide:
    • Added under Application and License Fee noted that it is a 2-year license.
    • Updated the contact section:
      • Students should email their questions and contact information to BPL with the expectation that they will receive a response and follow-up call the same day or by the next workday.  This is being done until the remote call center is set-up.
      • Universities and Colleges should contact Marnie Wills and Kathy Sly with questions regarding the process and/or items not covered in the guide.
  3. Temporary RN License Guide:
    • Added under Application and License Fee the following clarification:
      • Fee Clarification – $219.50 (Includes $10.70 for 1-year temporary license, once the licensee takes the NCLEX within the year and passes, the temporary license is automatically replaced with issuance of the Rn or LPN licenses which is $208.80.  This is done so the temporary license holder does not have to back to BPL to apply for the full license).
      • Hardship Fee Waiver – Added a note that students applying for the temporary license who may have hardship in paying the full $219.50 may request a fee waiver.  Please be aware that once the temporary license is received by the applicant that it is only good for one year and the licensee will need to apply for the full license prior the license expiration date and at the time of applying for the full license, the licensee will pay for the 2-year license. 
    • Updated the contact section:
      • Students should email their questions and contact information to BPL with the expectation that they will receive a response and follow-up call the same day or by the next workday.  This is being done until the remote call center is set-up.
      • Universities and Colleges should contact Marnie Wills and Kathy Sly with questions regarding the process and/or items not covered in the guide.