License Applications for Nurses and Nursing Graduates
All license applications must be submitted online. The “sample” applications on this website are provided for reference purposes only.
If you currently hold a license with the Nursing Board, have applied previously, or have applied to another Ohio board or commission, click “I Have a License” when creating a new user account to see if you are already in the Ohio eLicense system.
If you have never applied for a license or certificate with the Nursing Board or any other Ohio board or commission, click “I Don’t Have a License” when creating a new user account.
New Graduates seeking RN or LPN licensure
You must complete an online application for licensure by examination and take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). To request a copy of the NCLEX Bulletin contact Pearson VUE at 1-866-496-2539 or online at www.vue.com/nclex. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing develops the NCLEX and Pearson VUE is the organization that administers the examination.
The NCLEX Exam
Criminal Records Check
Criminal records checks are required for licensure or certification. Click the links below for detailed information about the process.
RN and LPN License by Examination Application and Forms
Nursing Education Program Codes
Nurses Applying for Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Licensure
You must have an active RN license in Ohio to apply for an APRN license. You can apply for an APRN license from your RN dashboard on www.eLicenseOhio.gov by clicking on “Options” on the RN license and “Apply for an Endorsement.”
APRN Application & Certifying Organization Form
Out-of-State Nurse Applicants Applying for Licensure by Reciprocity
If you are licensed in another state that submits licensure data to the NCSBN NURSYS system, you must request verification online at www.nursys.com. If you do not know if the state in which you are licensed is part of the NURSYS system, you can find that information on that website as well. If the state is not in NURSYS, please click on the link below.
Applications, Information & Forms
- Verification of Licensure
- Verification of Licensure Form (if your state is not on NURSYS)
- Nursing License by Reciprocity Application (sample only, must apply online)
- Form B Transcript Authorization (for out-of-state applicants only)
- Application to Perform IV Therapy in Ohio
- Online Resources for Ohio Law and Rules – Category A
Application Status & Online Payments
You can check the status of your application on the Ohio Board of Nursing website at www.nursing.ohio.gov/Verification.htm. Just click on “verification” and follow the instructions.
All application fees must be paid online using a credit or debit card. If you do not have a personal credit or debit card, you can obtain prepaid cards at local stores. If the fee is not paid, the application will be incomplete and will not be processed.