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The Ohio eLicense Center website provides online information and verification of an Ohio license or certificate for nurses (LPNs, RNs, APRNs), dialysis technicians (DTs), community health workers (CHWs), or Medication aides (MA-Cs) for the following purposes:

  1. The public, licensees, certificate holders, nursing employers, and other state boards or organizations use verification to confirm if an individual holds a current, valid license or certificate in Ohio. For example, employers of nurses need to determine licensure for an employee or potential employee; members of the public need to check the license of a caregiver or potential caregiver. (See Systems Used for Verification: Ohio eLicense or Nursys below.)

  2. Ohio licensed nurses need licensure verification if they are seeking reciprocity (also known as endorsement) to practice in another state. Verification of the Ohio license is required to provide the other state documentation of current licensure and must be completed through Nursys. (See Reciprocity section below.)

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Systems Used for Verification: Ohio eLicense or Nursys

The public, licensees, certificate holders, nursing employers, and other state boards or organizations can obtain verification of licensure either through Ohio eLicense or Nursys. Both Ohio eLicense and Nursys provide primary source verification. (Primary source verification means the individual’s reported credentials and qualifications are verified through the original organization or governmental entity that issued the document or credential, or through a designated equivalent source.)

Reciprocity (or Endorsement) for Ohio Licensed LPNs, RNs, APRNs Seeking to Work in Another State

State boards of nursing use Nursys for license verification for nurses seeking reciprocity to practice in another state to expedite the process between state boards of nursing.

  1. If you are an LPN or RN(only):
  2. If you are an APRN:

    • Go to https://elicense.ohio.gov/OH_CommunitiesLogin to request a verification of your APRN license. You must also obtain verification of your RN license through Nursys as described above.

    • If you have not used Ohio eLicense since July 1, 2016, you are a “New User” and you must register to create a user account. If you need assistance, see the registration instructions with screen shots on the Board website at www.nursing.ohio.gov.  If you registered after July 1, 2016 and have a user account, you are an “Existing User.”

    • Follow the instructions under “New Users” or “Existing Users.” From the Dashboard page click “Options” and then click “Send Verification” from your RN license (the APRN license option is not yet available). Specify in the “reason for submitting service request” box that you need verification for your APRN license. Submit a $15 payment online. All fees are non-refundable. Use the Google Chrome browser to access the system for best results.

 Reciprocity (or Endorsement) to Work in Another State for Ohio Certified DTs, CHWs, and MA-Cs

If you have questions about verifications, please email verifications@nursing.ohio.gov.


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.

Information for New Applicants

Nursys e-Notify for Employers

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.

e-Notify Link

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