Windows Users: Internet Explorer.
Apple OS X: Firefox (for verifiying a license or certificate), Safari (for renewing your license or certificate). If you are unable to verify or renew a license using the suggested browsers above we recommend accessing the system using a different computer.
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The Ohio eLicense Center website provides online license and certificate verification for RNs, LPNs, Prescriptive and Certificate of Authority Holders, Dialysis Technicians, Medication Aides and Community Health Workers.
As of February 1, 2009, the Ohio Board of Nursing eliminated the issuance of wallet cards due to the fact that paper cards can be forged, altered, misappropriated, do not reflect recent disciplinary action, and can contribute to identify theft and/or imposterism. Employers and others should verify a licensure or certificate status by online verification. A screen print of the verification page can serve as proof of licensure/certification for the date printed.
Public Verification Site
Licenses and/or certificates may be verified by using the License and Certificate Verification Site above or by contacting the Board.
Verification of a License to Another State
Ohio is a Nursys state. Nursys is a national database for verification of nurse licensure. If you hold a license in a Nursys state, you must request verification online at www.nursys.com. If you do not know if your state is a part of the Nursys system, you can view this information on the Nursys website.
For written verification of a license or certificate to another state, (not listed on Nursys) the fee is $15.00. The fee must be made payable to “Treasurer State of Ohio”, and must be drawn on a United States (U.S.) bank payable in U.S. dollars. Please send a certified check, cashier’s check or money order. Personal checks will not be accepted. When mailing verification requests to Board, please send Attention: Renewal. For questions call 614-995-5420.
If you are calling about your NCLEX test results, please note that the Ohio Board of Nursing does not give test results over the phone. You may contact Pearson VUE at 1-900-776-2539 for your test results.
Your license number will be posted within 3 business days of passing the test.
Nurses endorsing from Ohio to another state must use NURSYS.
Employers: Please remind your nursing staff to update their mailing address with the board when you receive an employee address update.
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.
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.