Primary source & other verifications of certification

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Verification of Certification

Select from the options below to request verification.

For CPNP-AC or CPNP-PC eligibility to sit for the exam for yourself/state board or CPN credit verification for Excelsior College, email to request these special types of verification.

  • I am certified

    If you are a PNCB-certified nursing professional ordering primary source verification of your active certified status for employment, state board, legal, or other purposes, use this section. 

    • Check the instructions below for which verifications are already free and automatic with your initial exam and Recert.
    • To order verifications, you will log in and use the link: "Order Self Verification: I am Certified"
  • I am an employer/agency

    Employers, agencies, or other third parties needing primary source verification of PNCB nursing professionals: 

    • Already have a PNCB account? Log in below and select: "Order Verification: I am an Employer/Third Party
    • Don't have a PNCB account? Click Log in to order, then "New Customer" to create an account, then navigate to your new portal and click: "Order Verification: I am an Employer/Third Party

Which verifications are free and automatic?

When you first earn certification, PNCB notifies up to 2 state board(s) of nursing you listed on your application/enrollment form for free. Each time you recertify, PNCB notifies all state boards you list on the license screen of your Recert application. 

If you need official verification for work or other purposes beyond the free verification described above, order verification here under Applications/Forms.


Verifications upon initial certification:

  • Free and automatic for up to 2 state boards listed on your certification application.
  • $60 per verification for additional state boards and any employers/third parties.


Verifications upon each recertification:

  • Free and automatic to state boards you list on the license screen of your Recert application.
  • $60 per verification for additional state boards and any employers/third parties.


Did you know?

  • Verification is available 24/7 to all state boards of nursing. A board can verify or re-verify information on demand and as many times as needed.
  • No additional paperwork is needed for your verification, such as releases or state board of nursing forms. Our primary source verification is accepted by all parties without this additional paperwork.
  • Verification of current certification reflects the expiration date of your most recent certification renewal.
  • If you change boards after an exam or recertification application is submitted, you will need to order verification for the new board.


PNCB accepts credit cards or ACH electronic checks.

  • Verifications are emailed from our office to the email address provided as soon as payment is received and processed, usually within 2 business days for credit card orders.
  • After your online requests(s) and fee(s) are processed, we review your record then email official verification of certification to the third party indicated.

Faces of Certification

PNCB-certified nursing professionals work in a variety of roles and settings throughout the US and beyond. Share your photo today!

Tyneisha Orr, CPNP-PC Children's Hospital & Medical Center Omaha, NE
Amairani Jimenez, CPN Tripler Army Medical Center Honolulu, Hawaii
Gia Nguyen, CPNP-AC St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Arlington, VA
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