The Board may issue an initial license to an applicant who is currently registered with a national certifying body (ARRT, ARDMS, NMTCB, CCI, etc.). If you have already graduated and received your registry exam results or registry card, you will apply for an Initial license. If you are already licensed or practicing in another state and wish to practice in ND permanently or as a traveler, you will complete this application.
Initial Licensure Application Process Overview
- Failure to read the following information may result in delays in your license being issued.
- Complete the Application for Initial Licensure and submit the necessary documents.
- The Application Fee is $25 and the License Fee is $150.
- The paper application is no longer accepted as most applications are online. The board will be accepting either Credit Card or Check/Money Order Payments. There will be a delay in processing the application when paying by Check/Money Order due to the delay in receiving payment. Applications will not be approved until payment has been received. Because of the mail delays mentioned below, the Board encourages you to make your payment online.
- The Criminal History background check forms are available online, please refer to the Criminal History Record Check section of the website. The forms MUST be returned to the office. (Incomplete forms or delays in returning this form will result in delays in becoming licensed.)
- Alert about mailing your background check forms - The USPS mail system has become quite delayed even for Priority and Express mail. USPS First Class mail can now take up to 5 days, many times even longer. Please note this may delay receipt of mail to and from the Board office. The Board recommends that applicants send background check forms by a different expedited process such as FedEx or UPS. This is at the applicant's expense. To send by those methods, you may need to use the Board's street address below. For more information, see USPS.
2900 E Broadway Ave Suite 3
Bismarck, ND 58501
- Once the completed Criminal History Background check forms are received, they are mailed to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) for processing. It generally takes about 2-4 weeks before those results are returned to the Board office. This CANNOT be rushed or expedited!
Note: If the background check results are clear and all documents have been received, the license may be issued.
Licensure by Endorsement
The application will ask if you are currently licensed in another state. If you are not currently licensed in another state, you should select "no". If you are licensed in another state, you will need to list the state(s) and license number(s).
Military Spouses: If you are currently licensed in another state/jurisdiction and your spouse is an active member of the military, you may qualify to have the license fee waived. As defined in NDCC 43-51-01(5), a military spouse is one who is currently licensed in another state or jurisdiction and who is the spouse of a member of the armed forces of the United States or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States stationed in this state in accordance with military orders or stationed in this state before a temporary assignment to duties outside of this state. If you are active military or a spouse of an active military member, you are not required to pay the fee. Appropriate proof are a copy of a military issued ID noting relationship to the military member and the orders of the active military member spouse.
Prior to beginning the application please ensure you have all the correct documents.
- A copy of your current registry card(s) with a national certifying agency (ARRT, ARDMS, etc.). If your registry no longer issues registry cards, you must still send the board office a proof of primary source verification from your National Registry Website. The board is not going to verify each individual registry due to the number of licensees being over 1,500.
- A copy of your citizenship documentation (Social Security Card, US Passport, US birth certificate, foreign VISA or permission to work in the US). A driver's license is NOT acceptable documentation.
- If you answered "Yes" to any of the questions in the Personal Background History, an explanation and any relevant documentation as requested at the end of that section must be submitted with the application. If you cannot send a copy of the criminal judgment, please include that in your explanation.
- If you are military spouse, you must provide a copy of a military issued ID noting relationship to the military member and the orders of the active military member spouse.
- If applying for a license by endorsement, you will need to request all the state(s) you hold or have held a license to send a verification of your license in those state(s). If the state(s) have online verification, send the website address and directions to verify your license in writing or by email.
- If applying for a license by endorsement, the board will be performing primary source verification for each registry.
Save for LaterDuring online application, please do not use the back button in your browser. To make a change to answers on a previous page or to review your application before submitting, please use the "Save for Later" button to save your application, log back in and access and review the previous pages. If at any time you wish to exit the process, please click the "Exit" button located at the bottom of the page.
If you will be away from your computer for any period of time after starting your online application, it is strongly advised that you click on the "Save for Later" button located at the bottom of each page to minimize the risk of losing the data that you have input into the system. You can then log back into the application at a later time.
Application for Conditional LicensureIf you graduated from a sonography or Cardiovascular invasive specialist (CIS) or Cardiac electrophysiology specialist (CES) program and actively working to fulfill requirements for registry with ARRT, ARDMS, Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI), or taking the ND state administered exam, you will complete the Application for Conditional Licensure. A conditional license is good for up to 2 years.
Application for Temporary LicensureIf you are a NEW student graduating from a training program in radiography or another modality you will complete the application for a Application for Temporary Licensure. A Temporary license may be issued to new graduates in Radiography or other Board approved modality. Temporary licenses (only valid for 180 days) are issued for qualified individuals who need to take the registry exam or awaiting the exam results.
You may now proceed to the: Online Initial Licensure Application