The Office of Educator Licensure

What's New

OPAL (Online Portal for Application and Licensure)
The Office of Educator Licensure is in the process of converting to a brand  new online licensure system. This new system, which the Department has named OPAL (Online Portal for Application and Licensure), will allow applicants to conveniently apply for licensure online from home or work, at any time of the day or night, and check the status of their application simply by logging in. Existing licensees will be able to use OPAL to update contact information, clear provisions, add extensions, apply for additional licenses or endorsements, and start the renewal process.
OPAL is currently in use by Department licensure staff, and all applications received by our offices in Carson City and Las Vegas are being entered into the new system for processing. Applicants should expect to receive email notifications and text messages as their application moves to each stage of the process, from initial intake to evaluation by an analyst to background clearance and final license issuance. 

There will be a slight increase in fees for licensure when OPAL goes live to the public in March of 2018. The new fee structure will be as follows:

  • New Applications (or reapplying of expired licenses) will be $180
  • Renewals will be $150
  • Additional Endorsements will remain unchanged at $50 each
  • There will be a military discount of $50 for all Active Duty, Retired, Veterans, and their spouses for New Applications (or reapplying of expired licenses) and Renewals of licenses. The Additional Endorsements are not eligible for this discount. 

We anticipate OPAL to be available to educators in March 2018.  Please keep watching this page for more exciting details!


    Effective June 1, 2017, any transcripts submitted to the Office of Educator Licensure will not be returned to applicants.

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      Licensure Overview

      The Office of Educator Licensure serves all seventeen Nevada counties throughout the state, with locations in both Carson City and Las Vegas. Our mission is to provide top-quality customer service and to effectively & efficiently evaluate educator license applications in an expeditious manner, while ensuring that only those fully-qualified are licensed.

        Finding Your Way Around

        We have recently updated our website, and quite a few things have changed. The following synopsis will give you an idea what information is available on each page.

        • General Licensure Information -This page contains general information and requirements pertaining to all applicants for any license or endorsement.
        • Specific Areas of Licensure - This page lists the different areas of licensure and endorsement that are available, and has links to specific qualifications for each license or endorsement.
        • The Background Process - This page contains information about how to submit fingerprints and typical time frames for background checks.
        • Applications/Forms – All forms utilized by the Office of Educator Licensure are available in printable PDF format on this page.
        • Educator License Lookup – Use this page to check the status of a Nevada educator license.
        • Frequently Asked Questions – Find answers to some of the most common questions regarding the licensure process.
        • Reciprocity (Moving to Nevada) – The Office of Educator licensure encourages educators who are currently licensed in another state to apply for a reciprocal license in Nevada. Visit this page to find out if your current state’s license may qualify for reciprocity.
        • Renew/Change a Current License – This page contains guidelines for renewing a Nevada educator license, as well as information on how to make changes to your existing license.
        • Testing Requirements – Visit this page for an overview of Nevada’s requirements for competency testing and state-mandated testing.
        • Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL) for Candidates  - This page contains information on Alternative Routes to Licensure programs and a list of approved ARL providers.
        • Alternative Routes to Licensure (ARL) for Providers - This page contains information for ARL Providers with the Nevada Department of Education.
        • Educator Development and Support - The Office of Educator Development and Support provides information regarding educator preparation programs, the Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF), the Nevada Plan to Ensure Equitable Access to Excellent Educators, and Title II-A grants.
        • Parent Involvement and Family Engagement - The Office of Parent Involvement and Family Engagement promotes and supports the participation of families and communities in the education process. This page also contains information on which classes will satisfy the statutory requirement for coursework in parental involvement/family engagement.