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Nevada Guide to Register for an OPAL Account

Learn how to register for an OPAL account with the Nevada Department of Education
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What is OPAL?

OPAL stands for Online Portal for Applications and Licensure. It is Nevada's system to obtain education licenses—including the substitute license. In order to qualify for a Nevada Substitute License, you must

  • have an Associate's degree or 60 credit hours from an accredited postsecondary institution
  • submit fingerprints for a state and FBI criminal background check (click to see disqualifying criminal offenses)
  • pay the state's $180.00 application fee

To apply for a substitute license, you must begin by registering for an OPAL account with the state of Nevada. This page will guide you step-by-step with screenshots and instructions to help you create your account.

Note: If you already have an OPAL account, you may login and go right to the application area of the website to apply for a substitute license.

Steps to Create an OPAL Account

Go to to begin.

Answer the first question on the screen and then click the blue "Next" button at the bottom of the screen. Even if you have had an educator license in the past, you will need to create an OPAL account if you have never done so (OPAL started in April of 2018).

OPAL registration check screen

On the next screen, enter your personal information into each of the required fields and then click the blue "Submit Registration" button at the bottom of the screen.

OPAL registration screen
OPAL registration screen

On the next screen, review your personal details, and if correct, click the blue "Everything Looks Correct" button at the bottom of the screen. If you need to make a change, click the white button at the bottom of the screen to edit your information.

OPAL confirm details screen

On the next screen, click yes or no to answer the question of whether or not you have ever applied for an educator license or currently have an educator license in Nevada.

OPAL previous license question screen

The next screen will direct you to check your email for a temporary password. You can close this tab and navigate to your email (the email will have a link to complete registration).

OPAL email step screen

You should see an email from It may take a few minutes for the email to arrive; you should check your spam/junk folder if you do not see the email in your inbox after a few minutes.

OPAL email header

When you open the email, you will see your temporary password. Click the link to return to the online portal and enter your temporary password. This will prompt you to set your own, new password.

OPAL email

Once you change your password, you will see a confirmation message. Click the button to go "Back to Login."

OPAL password reset screen

The first time you log in to your new OPAL account, you will need to confirm your information. You may also make changes to your information if needed.

OPAL personal details screen

Now that you have registered an OPAL account with the state of Nevada, you may begin your application for a substitute license! See the resource page Nevada Guide to Applying for a Substitute License.

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