North Carolina Board of Nursing


Retired / Inactive Nurse Status

Retired / Inactive Status Request

If you plan to temporarily or permanently discontinue the practice of nursing in North Carolina, a request may be made for Retired Nurse status or Inactive status

Fee Information

Fee for Retired Nurse Status: $30

Fee for Inactive Status: No charge


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 links for the application is located at the bottom of this page.

Submission Information

To submit an application to request retired or inactive status, 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 'Request Retired Status' or 'Request Inactive Status' to submit the application.

Requirements for Retired Nurse/Inactive Status:

  • Request must be submitted within 3 months and prior to expiration of license 
  • License must be unencumbered

You are not allowed to practice nursing while license is in a Retired Nurse or Inactive status.

You will need the following to apply:

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 here

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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