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.

Important Information for Nursing Students

Criminal Records Check

List of Potentially Disqualifying Offenses

Update your Name, Address and Email

You are required to inform the Board if you have a name change and update your address if it has changed. Name and address changes should be processed through the Ohio eLicense System, which makes it fast and easy. Requests received online are processed in 2-3 business days

Changing Your Name

  1. Visit eLicense.Ohio.gov and log into your account
  2. Scroll to the panel displaying your license type and number
  3. Click “Options” on the appropriate license panel
  4. Choose “Change Name”
  5. Upload one of the following certified court records
    • Marriage Certificate/Abstract
    • Divorce Decree
    • Court Record indicating change of name
    • Documentation from another state/country consistent with the laws of that jurisdiction

6.  Once the upload is complete, click “Submit.”

Changing Your Address

It is required by law that that licensees report any address changes to the Ohio Board of Nursing within 30 days of the change. Your address of record is used for communication purposes.

  1. Visit eLicense.Ohio.gov and log into your account
  2. Scroll to the panel displaying your license type and number
  3. Click “Options” on the appropriate license panel
  4. Click on “Change Address” and enter your updated address information
  5. Once complete, click “Submit.”
  6. All online requests will automatically process through the eLicense system.

If you have difficulties, contact the Customer Service Center at 614- 466-3947, “Option 1” (weekdays 8am-5pm, except for holidays).

Changing Your Email Address

Ohio eLicense uses your email address to generate communications and serves as your user ID for login/accessing your license information.

  1. Visit eLicense.Ohio.gov to log into your account
  2. Visit the Manage Profile Tab
  3. Enter the new email address you wish to use
  4. For security purposes, a notification will be sent to your current email address asking you to confirm you requested the change
  5. Confirm the request
  6. A notification will be sent to your new email address confirming the change has been made.

If you have questions or need assistance, call the Customer Service Center at (614) 466-3947 and select “Option 1” (weekdays 8am-5pm, except for holidays).

Step-by-Step guidance to update your personal information in your Ohio eLicense Account

License Verification

Verifying the license or certificate of healthcare workers is an important part of ensuring public safety. Click the links below to learn more about the process or to conduct a search.

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.

License Inactivation

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.

  • Visit eLicense.ohio.gov and 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

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.

Wall Certificates

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.

Dialysis Technicians

Find the forms and information related to licensing and certification for dialysis technicians in Ohio.

Medication Aides

Find the forms and information related to licensing and certification for medication aides in Ohio.