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The mission of the Ohio Board of Nursing is to actively safeguard the health of the public through the effective regulation of nursing care.

  • To contact the Board, the Board address, directions to the Board office, hours of operation and other information, click here.

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Should you require assistance with accessing information available on this website, please contact the Ohio Board of Nursing at (614) 466-3947 or board@nursing.ohio.gov.


RNs and APRNs: RENEW NOW

48,013 RN and APRN licenses have been renewed! Thank you!

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Continuing Education FAQs-RN, LPNs, DTs, CHW, and Medication Aides
Continuing Education FAQs-APRNs


Check The Status of Your License Application

To check the status of a license application you submitted, log onto your Dashboard, click “Options” and then “Review Status.” If you need assistance accessing your Dashboard, please contact the Ohio eLicense Customer Service Help Desk at (614) 466-3947 Option #1 Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.  For other questions, please click on the following link click here, and email the appropriate Board program.


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Media Inquiries

For media inquiries, please call (614) 466-3947; or (614) 466-6940. You may also send an email to Board@nursing.ohio.gov.


State of Ohio eLicense System Transaction Fee

When passing the state’s budget bill on June 30, 2017, the Ohio legislature authorized by law a $3.50 transaction charge for all users of the state’s Ohio eLicense system.  It was a state initiative passed as part of the budget bill. The Ohio eLicense system is an enterprise system managed by the state for 19 boards and commissions. All professionals of the boards and commissions who use the Ohio eLicense are being charged the fee.

Beginning Thursday, July 20, 2017, after 6:00 pm, an Ohio eLicense transaction fee of $3.50 will be added to your online cart at the time of checkout when you apply for a license/certificate or renew.

Since APRN licensure is separate from the RN license by law, APRNs will be charged a $3.50 transaction fee for each license (RN and APRN).

Nursing licensure fees have not been increased since 2004. The Ohio eLicense system allows the state to process professional license applications saving time and money.

We appreciate your understanding of the costs associated with the state being able to maintain a secure Ohio eLicense system for license information.


FOR ALL LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION APPLICATIONS, INCLUDING NEW GRADUATES

  • All license and certificate applications must be submitted online. CLICK here for more information.
  • We recommend using Google Chrome.
  • Graduates must use the correct Nursing School Code. CLICK here to find your correct school code.
  • You must register to create a new user account when you apply for a license or certificate for the first time.

    • If you never applied for a license or certificate in Ohio for nursing or with any other board, CLICK “I Don’t Have a License” to create a new user account.

    • If you have applied previously or currently hold a license in Ohio with nursing or any other board, CLICK “I Have a License” when creating a new user account. You will also need your Security Code. See below for instructions to obtain your Security Code.

  • INSTRUCTIONS

    Click Here for INSTRUCTIONS to Create a New Account & Obtaining your Security Code
    Download and review the instructions before starting. Obtaining you Security Code this way will only work if you have previously applied for, or already have a license or certificate with the Board and have acces to the same email address you used previously with us.


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Browser Information: It is recommended that you use newer versions of Google Chrome, or Firefox web browsers. Internet Explorer users, must use IE 11 or Edge to access the eLicense 3.0 system.



RN/LPN REACTIVATION AND REINSTATEMENT

Click here for more information about License Reactivation and Reinstatement.



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Click Here to Manage Licenses

Browser Information: It is recommended that you use newer versions of Google Chrome, or Firefox web browsers. Internet Explorer users, must use IE 11 or Edge to access the eLicense 3.0 system.


Placing Your License or Certificate on Inactive Status


If you do not intend to practice or work in Ohio, you may request your license or certificate be placed on inactive status by submitting an inactivation request to the Board. This applies to RNs, LPNs, APRNs, dialysis technicians, community health workers, or medication aides.

If your license or certificate is inactive, remember that you do not hold a current, valid license or certificate and you cannot work as a RN, LPN, APRN, dialysis technician, community health worker, or medication aide as long as the license or certificate is inactive.

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If you are an APRN and you inactivate the RN license, your APRN license will automatically be inactivated at the time you inactivate the RN license.

Submit a service request, as follows, through Ohio eLicense and it will automatically be processed:

  • Go to eLicense.ohio.gov
  • Log into your account
  • Scroll to the panel displaying your license type and number
  • Click the “Options” link on the appropriate license panel
  • Click the “Special Request” link
  • Select “License Inactivation” from the drop-down box
  • Complete the information and click “Submit” and it will be inactivated automatically


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Click Here to Manage Licenses

Browser Information: It is recommended that you use newer versions of Google Chrome, or Firefox web browsers. Internet Explorer users, must use IE 11 or Edge to access the eLicense 3.0 system.


How Do I Change My NAME with the Board?

                  Requests received online are processed in 2-3 business days

  • Go to eLicense.ohio.gov
  • Log into your account
  • Scroll to the panel displaying your license type and number
  • Click the “Options” link on the appropriate license panel
  • Click on the link “Change Name”
  • 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
  • Click “Submit”

If you have difficulties logging into your account or uploading documents, contact the Customer Service Center at 614-466-3947, "Option 1" (weekdays 8am-5pm, except for holidays). If you need assistance after business hours, email nursing.registration@das.ohio.gov and include a brief description of the issue, your first and last names, telephone number, email address, and license number, if you have it.

For other questions, email licensure@nursing.ohio.gov and include a brief description of the issue, your first and last names, telephone number, email address, and license number, if you have it.



How Do I Change My ADDRESS with the Board?

Make sure you timely update your address – it is a requirement by law that licensees report address changes, within 30 days of the change, to the Board. Your address of record is used for communication purposes.

  • Go to eLicense.ohio.gov
  • Log into your account
  • Scroll to the panel displaying your license type and number
  • Click the “Options” link on the appropriate license panel
  • Click on the link “Change Address”
  • Click “Submit”
  • Address changes made online will be processed by the system automatically

If you have difficulties, contact the Customer Service Center at 614-466-3947, "Option 1" (weekdays 8am-5pm, except for holidays). If you need assistance after business hours, email nursing.registration@das.ohio.gov and include a brief description of the issue, your first and last names, telephone number, email address, and license number, if you have it.

For other questions, email licensure@nursing.ohio.gov and include a brief description of the issue, your first and last names, telephone number, email address, and license number, if you have it..



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Click Here to Manage Licenses

Browser Information: It is recommended that you use newer versions of Google Chrome, or Firefox web browsers. Internet Explorer users, must use IE 11 or Edge to access the eLicense 3.0 system.


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.)

    Click Here to Download "Verification of Ohio Licenses and Certificates"

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.)

  • Ohio eLicense: Go to the Ohio eLicense website at elicense.ohio.gov/oh_verifylicense. There is no fee. For your search, enter ONLY the first and last name OR a license or certificate number, and leave all other fields blank. Use the Google Chrome browser to access the system for best results.

  • Nursys, a national nursing database maintained by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) includes data submitted daily by NCSBN member boards, including Ohio. Go to www.NCSBN.org for the following:

    • “Nursys e-Notify” is a free notification service that provides automated, electronic license status updates. Employers can enroll their entire nurse list and e-Notify will send regular updates of changes to licenses.  Nurses may sign up to receive license expiration reminders and status updates.

    • “Nursys Quick Confirm” is a free service to look up and verify nurse licensure information.

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):
    • Go to www.Nursys.com to request license verification. An Ohio nurse seeking reciprocity to practice in another state must complete the verification process through Nursys and submit the Nursys fee of $30 online.
    • Do not submit a service request for verification through the Board website or Ohio eLicense. It will not be processed and your fee is non-refundable.

  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

    • Go to https://elicense.ohio.gov/OH_CommunitiesLogin. 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 CHW, DT, or MA-C certificate. Submit a $15 payment online.

    • Use the recommended browser, Google Chrome.

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

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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.

Complaint Forms

Send complaints to: complaints@nursing.ohio.gov, fax to (614) 995-3685, or mail forms to:

  Ohio Board of Nursing
  17 South High Street
  Suite 660
  Columbus OH 43215
  ATTN: Complaints.


  Adobe Acrobat FileGuide to the Board's Complaint and Investigation Process

  Adobe Acrobat FileComplaint Form (for Email Submission)
  Adobe Acrobat File(PDF) Version (for FAX or Postal Submission)

  Adobe Acrobat FileSupplemental Information Form for Employers (for Email Submission)
  Adobe Acrobat File(PDF) Version  (for FAX or Postal Submission)

  Adobe Acrobat FileNursing Education Program Dissatisfaction Form

 

 

 

OHIO BOARD OF NURSING
DISCIPLINE RECORDS - PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST

 
 
 

Copies of Ohio Board of Nursing discipline records dating from January 1994 to May 2019 can be downloaded directly using NCSBN's nursys-QuickConfirm website. A video tutorial and FAQ are available at the bottom of each QuickConfirm webpage.

https://www.nursys.com/LQC/LQCSearch.aspx

 
NCSBN_QuickConfirm_External_Link

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This should not be used to request a license verification.
 
 
 

For discipline records before January 1994 or after May 2019, Click Here.

 
 

 

 

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