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.
Postcard notifications are mailed approximately 90 days prior to expiration of your license.
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.
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.
Licenses are valid for two (2) years.
Licensure by Renewal
Access the Nurse Gateway
Log in to your profile. Please keep your Username and Password in a secure location as you will need this information to access your Nurse Gateway profile.
Complete Online Application
Apply for licensure by renewal ($100.00) with the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE
To apply for licensure by renewal, access your Nurse Gateway profile and select the 'EXPIRING SOON!' tile which indicates your license under the 'Licenses/Approval to Practice/Certifications' tab. Select 'Renewal/Reinstatement' on the following page.
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 $25.00 processing fee will be charged for a Electronic Check (E-Check) refused by the bank due to insufficient funds or closed account.
Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse
You currently hold an active license in North Carolina
Your current license is within 90 days of the expiration date
You must not declare another Compact State as a primary residence
If a Criminal Background Check or additional documents are required, your online renewal application will be processed within 6 - 8 weeks.
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.
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.
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.
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