Primary source & other verifications of certification

Verification of Certification

Select from the options below to request verification.

For CPNP 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.


Special note for database transition:

CPNPs: Log in to your new portal and select Applications/Forms to order a self-verification. 

Are you an employer or third party needing to verify certification of your staff? Online employer verification is now live: 

  • Have you ordered a verification since our database transition?  If so, our staff may already have created an account for you. Please email or call 1-888-641-2767 to obtain your log in information.
  • If you have not recently ordered a verification, you will need to create an account in our database then order the verification. Click “New Customer” on our log-in screen and follow the instructions. Then navigate to Applications/Forms and select Employer Verification. 

New features of our user-friendly system include:

  • Verifications are ordered on a submittal application which will include a receipt and the names of those individuals you are verifying.
  • The verification letter and receipts are emailed directly to you and will remain on your PNCB database record. To review this information log in to and review your Message History Report.
  • 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. But check below for which verifications are already free and automatic with your initial exam and Recert.

  • I am an employer/agency

    If you are an employer, agency, or other third party needing primary source verification of PNCB nursing professionals, you can order these as needed or you can pre-pay for vouchers in bulk for your convenience.

  • I am a board of nursing

    US state and Canadian province boards of nursing have an on-demand real-time portal of certified nurses. You can search for an individual nurse or use a date range to pull a list of certified nurses.

  • I am a Canadian regulator

    For your CCRNR portal of Canadian PNP student reporting, log in for your real-time data.

Which verifications are free and automatic?

When you first earn certification and each time you recertify, PNCB notifies up to 2 state board(s) of nursing you listed on your application/enrollment form for free.

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.
  • $40 per verification for additional state boards and any employers/third parties.


Verifications upon each recertification:

  • Free and automatic to up to 2 state boards listed on your Recert application.
  • $40 per verification for additional state boards and any employers/third parties.


Eligibility to sit verifications:

  • $40


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!

Joaquin Adame, CPNP-PC Children's Health Specialty Center Dallas, TX
Heraldine Flores, CPN Baker College Chicago, IL
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