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Before you start an online application, you must prepare the following documents: 

  • Scanned copies of two identification documents (one must include your photo), e.g., passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate or driver’s license that prove your identity. These documents must be notarized by a notary public or lawyer and their signature and seal/stamp must be visible on the scanned images. If your name has changed, one of your documents should be a notarized identity document for your previous legal name(s).

  • All documents must include your full name. We cannot accept documents that include initials as part of your name. 


To avoid delays or issues with processing your application, you must upload these documents with your online application form.
You will also need to gather the following information:

  • if your name has changed, you will need a scanned copy of a notarized identity document for each of your names e.g., marriage certificate, legal change of name document 

  • your nursing education information (name, address and dates attended for each institution) 

  • how many hours you worked in each of the previous five years

  • previous employer contact information

  • previous regulatory body information

English fluency​

English fluency must be demonstrated prior to applying for registration with BCCNM. Please contact us for more information.  ​​


All applicants—including B.C. graduates—wh​o apply for initial RN registration must complete the jurisprudence learning m​odule.​  ​​​Learn more»​​​

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The online application process takes 20-30 minutes.

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Labour mobility

Registered nurses and licensed graduate nurses currently registered in another Canadian jurisdiction may be eligible for practising registration in B.C. in accordance with the Canadian Free Trade Agreement and BCCNM's bylaws:

  • Applicants must be of good character and meet the other requirements in the bylaws. 
  • Applicants must not be subject to practice limitations, restrictions or conditions in the other Canadian jurisdiction where they are currently registered, and must meet all applicable continuing competence and quality assurance requirements in that other jurisdiction.

  • Applicants who were not educated in Canada and are registered in another Canadian jurisdiction that does not have a congruent process to BCCNM for demonstrating substantially equivalent competence must have practised in the other Canadian jurisdiction for a minimum of .5 of fulltime for at least 12 months preceding the date of application. Applicants who have not done so may be required to undergo a competence assessment and/or additional training, experience or examination to be eligible for registration in British Columbia.

  • Provisional registration with BCCNM ​is not necessary for Canadian applicants who are entitled to practising registration in accordance with the foregoing requirements.

If you have questions, please email​​​


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