North Carolina Board of Nursing


Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Nurse Practitioner

Approval to Practice Annual Renewal

If your RN license is due to be renewed this year, you must renew your RN license before you can renew your NP approval to practice. In order to practice as an NP, in addition to renewing the NP approval, an RN license valid for practice in NC, must also be maintained.

Nurse Practitioner Approval to Practice Annual Renewal:

  • $50 per physician renewed or,
  • $10 per physician renewed for volunteer status (NP non-paid position)


Valid forms of payment:

  • Credit or debit card; MasterCard or Visa only 
  • Electronic Check

You may print your confirmation page following successful completion and payment. This document serves as your official receipt.

Renewal postcard notifications are mailed approximately 90 days prior to expiration of your approval to practice.

Notice: Please read all information before starting the application process. The link for the application is located at the bottom of this page.

Additional Requirements & Information

See Rule 21 NCAC 32M.0106 or 21 NCAC 36.0806

You are required to renew your approval(s) to practice by the last day of your birth month each year. If you do not renew by the last day of your birth month, your approval to practice is automatically placed on inactive status at midnight on the last day of the expiration month.

A nurse practitioner with an inactive approval to practice status shall not practice as a nurse practitioner. Prior to practicing, you will be required to reapply for approval to practice and will need to complete the Reinstatement application.

Maintaining certification as a nurse practitioner by a national credentialing body (ANCC, AANP, AACN, PNCB, NCC) is also required. If you have renewed/updated your national NP certification since your last renewal, please provide an updated copy to the NC Board of Nursing.

If you wish to place any of your approvals to practice on inactive status, visit your Nurse Gateway and select Remove Physician.

You will be allowed to print your Nurse Practitioner annual renewal certificate from the Nurse Gateway (under the Files tab).

Note: Please be sure you indicate the correct status of your position as either volunteer or non-volunteer for each approval.

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