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Renewal (RN-LPN)

All applications MUST be submitted online. No exceptions.
You are required to renew your license by the last day of your birth month. If you do not renew by the last day of your birth month, your license is automatically placed on expired status at midnight on the last day of the expiration month.
Postcard notifications are mailed approximately 90 days prior to expiration of your license.
A licensee with an expired status shall not practice as a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse. Prior to practicing, you will be required to reapply for licensure and will need to complete the Reinstatement application.
Submission of your online application should not be construed as automatic renewal of your license. The North Carolina Board of Nursing must verify that you have met all the conditions for renewal before your license is renewed.
Upon successful completion of the online application, you may check your application status via Nurse Gateway. Licensure information can be verified on the Board's website. The Board of Nursing’s electronic database serves the primary source of licensure information for nurses in North Carolina.
Licenses are valid for two (2) years.
The North Carolina Board of Nursing no longer issues wallet size license cards or mail licensure certificates.
Fee Information:
  • License by Renewal: $100.00

FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

Valid Forms of Payment:
  • Credit or Debit Card; MasterCard or Visa only 
  • Electronic Check (E-Check)*

*Per N.C.G.S. 25-3-506, a $25.00 processing fee will be charged for a Electronic Check (E-Check) refused by the bank due to insufficient funds or closed account.

Renewal Requirements:

Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse

If all requirements have been met, your online application will be processed within 3 business days.

If a Criminal Background Check or additional documents are required, your online renewal application will be processed within 6 - 8 weeks.

If you have been charged or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor or have any charges pending whatsoever (which have NOT been previously reported to the Board); or if you have any charges or actions against any professional license (which have NOT been previously reported to the Board), submission of additional documents will be required before your license renewal can be processed.

Important Notice for Advanced Practice Nurses

Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives

If you are renewing your Registered Nurse (RN) license, the Registered Nurse license does not allow you to practice as a Nurse Practitioner or Certified Nurse Midwife. You must renew or reinstate the advanced practice approval separately from the Registered Nurse licensure.

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist

If you are renewing your Registered Nurse (RN) license, the Registered Nurse license does not allow you to practice as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. You must verify your certification status with the North Carolina Board of Nursing initially, and thereafter on a periodic basis concurrent with the CCNA renewal cycle. All nurse anesthetists are expected to renew their National Certification biennially in July. Approximately 60 days prior to the expiration of the National Certification, the Board of Nursing will mail you a notice to update your North Carolina Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist recognition and to provide your current National Certification number and expiration date to the Board of Nursing.

Submission Information

To renew your license, access your Nurse Gateway profile and select the 'EXPIRING SOON!' tile which indicates your license under the 'Licenses/Approval to Practice/Certifications' tab. Select Renewal/Reinstatement on the following page.

  • The Application Confirmation which serves as your official receipt will be available on your Nurse Gateway profile upon successful completion of the application process. To access, select the appropriate tile under the "Licenses/Approval to Practice/Certifications" tab on the Home screen, then select the "Files" tab on the License Information screen.
  • If your email address is listed with the North Carolina Board of Nursing, you will receive a confirmation via email verifying receipt of your online application.

Nurse Gateway

Create a Username and Password to access your information and applications. If you have already created a Username and Password, you will only need to log in to your profile. Please keep your Username and Password in a secure location as you will need this information to access your Nurse Gateway profile.
For security reasons, please logout and exit your web browser when you are finished accessing services that require authentication. The North Carolina Board of Nursing cannot be held responsible for unauthorized access to the information you have entered in the browser if you do not exit this application.

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