License Renewal for RN, COA and CTP Holders (See Steps below)


If you are unable to retrieve your information, try entering your FIRST and MIDDLE name in the FIRST name field. (example: Tina Marie Smith may need to be entered as SMITH, TINA or SMITH, TINA M or SMITH, TINA MARIE)

Due to the problems related to online renewal, the Board will waive the late fee usually imposed in July for this licensure renewal period.

Demand for Ohio eLicense is exceptionally high during this time of year. At times of high usage, there may be periods of slow performance. If you do experience slowness, or you are unable to complete your credit card transaction, please try again at a later time. You can contact the Board at or 614-995-5420. We appreciate your continued patience.

Renewing Online - Acceptable Browsers: Mac OS/X: Safari or Windows: Internet Explorer
All RNs are required to renew their license online this year.  During the month of May, the Board will alert RNs, through both email and postal mail, to renew their license online.  Nurses will access their User ID and Password for online renewal by a link on the Board’s website.

We understand that some licensees may not have a home computer and/or a credit or debit card. Computers are usually readily accessible in the workplace or in public libraries.  Licensees will also have the option to come into the Board’s office during regular business hours to renew online.  We will have a computer and printer set up in our lobby, and someone will be available to assist.

Paying Online - Acceptable Payment: Visa (V) or Mastercard (MC) - debit or credit
If individuals do not have a personal credit or debit card; they can pay for a pre-paid card at local stores and use the pre-paid card to complete the online transaction. Please note that an email address is required for you to receive a payment confirmation, but is not required to renew online.

How to Request Inactive Status
To place your license/certificate on inactive status, submit a written request to (17 South High St., Suite 400, Columbus, Ohio 43215), e-mail ( or fax (614.466.0388) no later than August 31, 2015. Include your name, Ohio nursing license/certificate number and request for inactive status.

APRNs must renew their RN license, not just their COA.  APRNs cannot legally practice without renewing both their RN and COA(s).  Also, APRNs renewing their CTP must renew not only their CTP, but also their RN and COA(s).

APRNs must remember to renew all applicable licenses/certificates, because the current state licensing system cannot monitor or alert you if you have or have not renewed all the required licenses/certificates.
•    To practice, APRNs must renew both their RN license and COA(s).
•    To prescribe, APRNs must renew three things: RN license, COA(s), and CTP.

APRN Credential Numbers
For RNs with one or more COAs, your credential will read as follows: RN #####-1, RN #####-2 or RN #####-3 (where the last digit indicates the number of COAs you hold). For RX credential holders, the prefix RX has been changed to CTP (ex. RX #####  becomes  CTP #####).

Providing Collaborating Physician Information

You will also be required to provide the name and address of your collaborating physician(s) at the time of renewal, so please have the information readily available.

Effective April 1, 2015 Ohio law sets forth certain situations where if you prescribe or personally furnish opioid analgesics or benzodiazepines, you are required to have access to OARRS either through registration or the ability to access an OARRS integrated service such as NARxCHECK.  If you do not have access and prescribe opioid analgesics or benzodiazepines, it is a violation of Ohio law and may result in disciplinary action. The Board is required by law to check licensees who renew their CTP to determine if they are in compliance with OARRS requirements. To register for OARRS, go to

This Rule sets forth certain situations that require APRN prescribers to review OARRS prior to prescribing or personally furnishing a reported drug to a patient. You must have access to OARRS either through registration or the ability to access an OARRS integrated service such as NARxCHECK in order to meet these requirements. Not complying with Rule 4723-9-12, OAC, is a violation of the Nurse Practice Act and may result in disciplinary action. To register for OARRS, go to


The Ohio Board of Nursing (Board), pursuant to Chapter 119, Ohio Revised Code, hereby gives notice that it will conduct a public hearing for the purpose of considering the adoption of a rule.

The public hearing will be conducted on Thursday July, 30, 2015 beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Boardroom of the Board, located at 17 South High Street, Suite 400, Columbus, OH, 43215 and continue until all parties in attendance have had an opportunity to be heard.

Any person affected by the proposed action may present oral or written testimony.

Click Here for the Complete Hearing Notice

Click Here to Review the Proposed Language on the Register of Ohio Website

Proposed Rules and CSI Analysis Available

Ohio Revised Code Sections 107.62 and 121.82 require state agencies, including the Ohio Board of Nursing, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community (as defined by SB 2), and provide opportunity for the affected public to provide input on the rules.

Rule 4723-8-11 is being proposed as a result of House Bill 487 (130th GA) dealing with youth concussion assessment and clearance. Attached, please find a copy of the proposed rule along with the completed Common Sense Initiative (CSI) Business Impact Analysis filing. You may also view these documents using the links below.

If you wish to comment on the proposed rule at this time, please reply to AND copy the Common Sense Initiative Office (CSI) on your e-mail at

The Board anticipates holding a public hearing on the proposed rule at its July 2015 meeting, at which time the public will be provided further opportunity to provide comment on the rules to the Board. The anticipated effective date of the rule is September 17, 2015. The deadline for public comment for purposes of CSI is at the end of business on Friday, June 19, 2015.

Click Here for the Business Impact Analysis 2015 Youth Sports Concussions

Click Here for the CSI Filing 2015 4723-8-11

Nursing Education Program Completion Letters

The Ohio Board of Nursing is pleased to announce that the Board will accept Program Completion Letters by email as of February 1, 2015.

The process was successfully piloted with several education programs during December and early January, and we are pleased to now make this available for all education programs.

Attached, for your reference, is a document that provides guidance for the email submission of Completion Letters. Also attached are new sample Program Completion Letters.  These documents can be found on the Board web site. Click on Education Programs or Licensure and Renewal to locate these documents.

As of March 30, 2015, the Board will require that education programs email all Completion Letters to the Board. We are pleased to implement this new electronic process for greater ease and efficiency.

If you have questions, please email

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