A Comprehensive & Efficient System
The Ohio Board of Nursing regulates over 300,000 licenses and certificates for registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), dialysis technicians (DTs), community health workers (CHWs) and medication aides (MA-Cs).
The Board is part of a comprehensive professional licensing system, known as Ohio eLicense, used by most of Ohio’s licensing boards. The system includes features to better serve our licensees and the public.
Our goal is to verify that individuals meet the statutory and regulatory requirements to practice in Ohio. Our system is designed to license and certify qualified applicants as quickly as possible so that they can enter or remain in the workforce.
To determine the type of application to submit if you are applying for licensure or certification in Ohio, click the link below.
- For detailed renewal information, scroll to the bottom of this page, find the section that applies to your license or certificate and click on the “Learn More” button in that section.
- RNs and APRNs: RENEW NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 31, 2021 TO CONTINUE TO PRACTICE. Click for more information.
Important Information for Nursing Students
Criminal Records Check
Information about criminal records checks is below. Click the links for detailed information.
List of Potentially Disqualifying Offenses
- List of Potentially Disqualifying Crimes
- Potentially Disqualifying Offense Determination Request
Fee Schedule for Licenses and Certificates
Apply or Renew Online
All applications and renewal requests must be submitted through the Ohio eLicense 3.0 System. The Google Chrome web browser is recommended for best results. Find instructions and information in the links below.
Submitting Supplemental Information
If you completed your online application, but need to provide additional information, submit it online. Click the link below for instructions.
Name & Address Change
Changing Your Email in the Ohio eLicense System
If you no longer intend to practice or work as a nurse in Ohio, your license or certificate can be placed on inactive status through the Ohio eLicense System. It is important to remember that if your license is inactive, you cannot work in Ohio until you apply to reactivate your license. And, if APRNs inactivate their RN license, their APRN license will be automatically inactivated, as well.
To get started, follow the steps below.
- Go to eLicense.ohio.gov.
- Log into your account.
- Click the “Options” link on the appropriate license panel.
- Select “ Inactivate License”.
- Complete the information and click “Submit”.
Reactivation & Reinstatement
For detailed information on how to reactivate or reinstate your RN or LPN license, click the link below.
Continuing Education (CE) is required to maintain your license or certificate in Ohio. Detailed CE information is included below.
Cultural Competencies & CE Opportunities
Find resources and programs designed to help you build knowledge and skills related to cultural competency in the links below.
Board Statement on the Multi-State Nurse Licensure Compact
The Ohio Board of Nursing examines the Compact annually and carefully weighs the benefits and risks. Learn more in the links below.
To print your wall certificate, log into your eLicense account and on “Your Licenses” page, go to the “Options” drop down list and select “Download Wall Certificate.” You can then open the downloaded file and print it. You no longer need to request or pay for replacement certificates — you can access your wall certificate online any time you wish to print it at no cost.
If you are having difficulties downloading your wall certificate or notice inaccurate information, please call the Customer Service Center (CSC) at (614) 466-3947 and select “Option 1.”
RN, APRN, LPN
Find the forms and information related to licensing and certification for nurses in Ohio.
Community Health Workers
Find the forms and information related to licensing and certification for community health workers in Ohio.
Find the forms and information related to licensing and certification for dialysis technicians in Ohio.
Find the forms and information related to licensing and certification for medication aides in Ohio.