North Carolina Board of Nursing



Renewal Application (RN/LPN)

Fee Information:

Fee for License By Renewal (RN/LPN): $100


Valid forms of payment:

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

After successful completion (including approval of payment), your confirmation number will be shown. You will then have the option to print the confirmation for your records. This will also serve as your official payment receipt.

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

Renewal Requirements (RN/LPN):

You will need the following to apply:

Important Notice for Advanced Practice Nurses

Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives

If you are renewing your RN license, the RN 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 RN licensure. You can find these applications on our home page under "Online Services".


If you are renewing your RN license, the RN license does not allow you to practice as a CRNA. You must verify your certification status with the NC 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 NC CRNA recognition and to provide your current national certification number and expiration date to the Board of Nursing.

Submission Information

To submit an application for renewal, login to your Nurse Gateway and then click on the blue tile that says 'EXPIRING SOON' which indicates your license under the 'Licenses/Approval to Practice/Certifications' tab. Click on 'Renewal/Reinstatement' to renew your license.

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.

If all requirements have been met, your online renewal application will be processed within 3 business days. If a criminal background check or additional documents are required, your online renewal/reinstatement application will be processed within 6 - 8 weeks.

The NC Board of Nursing’s electronic database serves as the primary source of licensure information for nurses (including APRN) and NA IIs in North Carolina. Electronic verification of licensure status can be accessed on the Verify License page.

Computer Requirements and Conditions:

  • Printer along with Adobe Reader 
  • Your browser must be set to accept cookies
  • Pop-up blockers disabled or temporarily allow pop ups for this application 
  • Have Javascript enabled 
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher with compatibility mode activated
  • Application will time-out after 20 minutes of inactivity
WARNING: For security reasons, be sure to exit the application when you have completed and submitted your request. The NC Board of Nursing cannot be held responsible for unauthorized access to information you have entered in the browser if you do not exit this application. 

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Review the Terms and Conditions listed above and click "I Agree" to continue your application process.

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