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. 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.
If your license is not current, the right to practice nursing in North Carolina is forfeited unless you hold a multi-state nursing license from another Compact State. If a nurse practices nursing with a lapsed license, disciplinary action may be taken.
An active North Carolina license is not issued when another Compact State is claimed as the primary state of residence.
If you have declared another compact state as your primary state of residence, in accordance with the Nurse Licensure Compact § 90-174.84, you cannot reinstate your North Carolina license. Your North Carolina nursing license WILL NOT BE REINSTATED until proof of residence is received showing North Carolina as your primary state of residence. Once you declare North Carolina as your primary state of residence, you must immediately change your address via your Nurse Gateway portal and notify the Board of Nursing.
Official proof of residence which displays primary state of residence includes: Current Driver's License, Voter Registration, Federal Income Tax Return, W2 from U.S. Government or any Bureau, Division or Agency thereof indicating declared state of residence, or Military Form No. 2058
Submission of your online application should not be construed as automatic reinstatement of your license. The North Carolina Board of Nursing must verify that you have met all the conditions for reinstatement before your license is reinstated.
Licenses are valid for two (2) years. For reinstatement of a license, licensure may be for less than two (2) years in order to place the expiration on your birth month.
Licensees are only to submit evidence of continuing competence if specifically notified by the Board
Licensure by Reinstatement
How to submit...
- Access the Nurse Gateway to complete the Reinstatement application
- 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.
- Select your license
- Your license includes your license type (RN Permanent License or LPN Permanent License), license number, expiration date, and license status.
- Select 'Renewal/Reinstatement' in the Applications tab
- Complete application
Fee Information: $100.00 (Inactive Status); $180.00 (Expired Status)
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 $35.00 processing fee will be charged for a Electronic Check (E-Check) on which payment has been refused by the payor bank because of insufficient funds or because the drawer did not have an account at that bank.
Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse
- You previously held an active license in North Carolina
- You held a nursing license in North Carolina or another state within the last five (5) years OR have completed a Refresher Course within the last year, which has been approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
- If your North Carolina nursing license has lapsed for five (5) years or longer, you will be required to take a Board-Approved Refresher Course or provide evidence of active licensure in another state or jurisdiction within the past five years
- You must not declare another Compact State as a primary residence
- You must have met the Continuing Competence requirements: Continuing Competence - 21 NCAC 36.0232
Criminal Background Check
In accordance with the Nursing Practice Act, all candidates applying for Reinstatement of a North Carolina nursing license are required to undergo a fingerprint-based State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history check.
The Board of Nursing may deny an applicant on the basis of a conviction of a crime only if the board finds that the applicant's criminal conviction history is directly related to the duties and responsibilities for the licensed occupation or the conviction is for a crime that is violent or sexual in nature. The Board of Nursing must specifically consider the following factors by law when denying an applicant for licensure due to a criminal conviction:
- The level and seriousness of the crime.
- The date of the crime.
- The age of the person at the time of the crime.
- The circumstances surrounding the commission of the crime, if known.
- The nexus between the criminal conduct and the prospective duties of the applicant as a licensee.
- The prison, jail, probation, parole, rehabilitation, and employment records of the applicant since the date the crime was committed.
- The completion of, or active participation in, rehabilitative drug or alcohol treatment.
- A Certificate of Relief granted pursuant to G.S. 15A-173.2.
- The subsequent commission of a crime by the applicant.
- Any affidavits or other written documents, including character references.
Applicant’s denied licensure in whole or in part because of a criminal conviction have the right to appeal the decision of the Board within 30 days after receipt of the Board’s decision to the superior court located in the county where the applicant resides or where the Board is located pursuant to NC. Gen. Stat §90-171.37B(a) and §150B-43 et al.
In order to complete the criminal history check, please follow these instructions:
- A Criminal Background Check is required for all reinstatement applications. If your North Carolina nursing license has been lapsed less than 30 days and you wish to retain your multi-state status, a Criminal Background Check is required within 30 days. If your Criminal Background Check is not completed within 30 days, your North Carolina multi-state license will convert to a single state license. Licenses expired greater than 30 days, but less than 6 months, will be reinstated as a single state license and the licensee will be required to complete Criminal Background Check process in order to re-obtain multi-state privileges.
- Live Scan is only available to applicants living in North Carolina. If you reside in another state or country, the Criminal Background Check packet will be mailed directly to you the following week after submission of your application for reinstatement.
- 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.
If a Criminal Background Check or additional documents are required, your online renewal application will be processed within 6-8 weeks.
If you're requesting reinstatement following disciplinary action by the North Carolina Board of Nursing, call (919) 782-3211 ext 271.
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.
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.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Nurse Practitioner or Certified Nurse Midwife
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.