Application Instructions

Application Instructions

Online Renewal Instructions for a Registered Nurse (RN) Standard Board Level Instructions

BEFORE CONTINUING - PLEASE VERIFY YOUR IDENTITY AS DISPLAYED IN THE UPPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER OF THIS PAGE. IF THIS IS NOT YOU, PLEASE CONTACT THE BOARD AT RENEWAL@NURSING.OHIO.GOV FOR ASSISTANCE. IF YOU NEED TO SUBMIT A NAME CHANGE REQUEST, RETURN TO THE PRIOR DASHBOARD PAGE, CLICK THE OPTIONS BUTTON, AND SELECT THE "NAME CHANGE" OPTION.

Welcome to the Ohio Board of Nursing Online Renewal Site! Please have the following information available:
  1. Complete address information. You will be asked to verify or update your mailing address. You are required by law to provide the Board with a valid address where all communication from the Board will be sent.
  2. If you have obtained a new Social Security Number, you must notify the Board of your new Social Security Number by submitting a service request.
  3. Your email address is required for maintaining your online account and payment confirmation.
  4. A valid credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).

CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE)
  • If this is your first renewal since taking the NCLEX in Ohio and obtaining your license, you do not need to complete the CE requirements. If this is not your first renewal, you are required to complete 24 contact hours of CE related to nursing practice during each licensure period. A nurse licensed by reciprocity for one year or less must complete 12 contact hours of CE.
  • For RN renewal in 2021, the CE contact hours need to be completed on or between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2021 CE must include one (1) contact hour of Category A, which is directly related to Ohio law & rules and approved by an OBN Approver or offered by an OBN approved provider unit headquartered in Ohio.
  • Do NOT send CE documents to the Board; but remember, by law you are required to keep your CE documentation for six (6) years.
  • For CE information, see https://nursing.ohio.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/OhioBoardCE.pdf.

APPLICATION FEES
  • Fees must be paid online at the time of renewal. Use Master Card, VISA or Discover credit or debit cards. If you do not have this type of credit or debit card, you can obtain a pre-paid card at local stores to use for renewal.
  • In addition to the application fee, please note that the State of Ohio charges an eLicense System Transaction Fee.
  • The first renewal deadline is September 15. If you renew on or before September 15, you do not pay a late fee. If you miss that deadline, you have until October 31 to renew your license, but the late processing fee applies between September 16 and October 31. If you miss the October 31 deadline, your license will lapse on November 1 and you cannot work as a nurse while your license is lapsed.
  • For details about fees, see the Fee Schedule for Licenses and Certificates posted at https://nursing.ohio.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Fee-Schedule.pdf.

INACTIVE STATUS

If you plan not to renew your license, you may place it on inactive status by submitting an inactivation request to the Board by October 31.

APPLICATION PROCESSING AND OCTOBER 31 FINAL DEADLINE

Your license is not considered renewed until your online application and fee are received and processed. October 31 is the last day to submit your renewal application and pay the fees. If it is not renewed, on November 1 your license lapses and then you must apply submit a Reinstatement Application in order to work as a nurse.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

Your social security number is required by state and federal law for purposes of child support enforcement (ORC 3123.50, 42 U.S.C. Section 666), reporting to the National Practitioner Data Bank (42 U.S.C. Section 11101 and 45 C.F.R. Part 60), reporting to law enforcement authorities for investigation/law enforcement purposes in compliance with ORC 4723.28, reporting to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for state board investigative purposes, and/or as otherwise required by state and federal law.