Fees must be paid online. Use Master Card, VISA or Discover credit or debit cards. If you do not have this type of personal credit or debit card, you can obtain these pre-paid cards at local stores to use for renewal.
Recommended Browsers: Google Chrome
If you are unable to verify or renew a license using the suggested browsers above we recommend accessing the system using a different computer. Other web browsers and mobile operating systems may only partially function causing display, navigation and submission issues.
Occasionally the License and Certificate Verification web site may not function correctly due to the high volume of traffic on the State's web-servers. Please try back again later before reporting difficulties to the Board office. Thank you.
The Ohio eLicense Center website provides online license and certificate verification for RNs, LPNs, Prescriptive and Certificate of Authority Holders, Dialysis Technicians, Medication Aides and Community Health Workers.
If you hold an active RN license in Ohio, your current license is now legally valid through October 31, 2017 due to a recent change in Ohio law.
Attention COA and CTP Holders:
When searching the new verification portal, Certificate of Authority (COAs) and Certificates to Prescribe (CTPs) have been rolled up under their related RN licenses. To locate the COA and CTP credentials, you must search by the licensee's RN.123456 number or name.
(1) When searching we recommend using just the licensees first and last name or their license number. Some users have reported difficulties when selecting "State" as part of their search criteria. (2) IE 11 may not display the website properly when using "Compatibility Mode".
Browser Information: It is recommended that you use newer versions of Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox web browsers. Internet Explorer users, must use IE 11 or Edge to access the eLicense 3.0 system.
The Joint Commission and the NCQA consider on-line status information as fulfilling the primary source requirement for verification of licensure in compliance with their respective credentialing standards. Employers, please remind your nursing staff to update their mailing address with the board when you receive an employee address update.
Public Verification Site
Licenses and/or certificates may be verified by using the License and Certificate Verification Site above or by contacting the Board.
Verification of a License to Another State
Ohio is a Nursys state. Nursys is a national database for verification of nurse licensure. If you hold a license in a Nursys state, you must request verification online at www.nursys.com. If you do not know if your state is a part of the Nursys system, you can view this information on the Nursys website.
Note to Employers
Please remind your nursing staff to update their mailing address with the board when you receive an employee address update.
As of February 1, 2009, the Ohio Board of Nursing eliminated the issuance of wallet cards. Employers and others should verify a licensure or certificate status by online verification. A screen print of the verification page can serve as proof of licensure/certification for the date printed.
If you are calling about your NCLEX test results, please note that the Ohio Board of Nursing does not give test results over the phone. You may contact Pearson VUE at 1-900-776-2539 for your test results.
Nurses endorsing from Ohio to another state must use NURSYS.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) offers Nursys e-Notify, the national nurse licensure notification system that automatically delivers licensure and publicly available discipline data directly to employers as the data is entered into the Nursys database by participating U.S. boards of nursing.
The e-Notify system alerts subscribers when changes are made to a nurse’s record, including changes to license status, license expirations, pending license renewals, and public disciplinary action/resolutions and alerts. If a nurse’s license is about to expire, employers have the option to receive a notification about the expiration date.
Nurse employers are able to subscribe to this service to track licensure and discipline information for little or no charge (cost is dependent on the number of nurses enrolled in the system). The first 100 nurses in a facility registered with Nursys e-Notify are free of charge. After that, each nurse is $1 per year. If an employer has 99 nurses they pay nothing; if they have 200 nurses, the cost per year is $100.
To learn more and subscribe to Nursys e-Notify visit the Nursys website. An introductory video is also available. NCSBN is a not-for-profit organization whose members include the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories — American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands and 12 associate members.