Information About Renewal Applications

Several weeks before your license expiration date, a renewal notice will be mailed to the address on your record. This notice will explain how to access the online renewal application.  To complete the online renewal application, you must use a credit card to pay your renewal fee. 

Please keep your contact information in our records up-to-date so that notices we send will reach you.  To check and update your contact information online, click Change Contact Information.

Renewal of Licensure for Registered Nurses

Registered Nurse (RN) licenses expire on February 28, May 31, or September 30 of odd years (2015, 2017).

To renew, you must attest that you have completed the required continuing education (CE) and that you have practiced Nursing at least 1,000 hours in the past five years or 400 hours in the past two years. For more information about CE, see Section 9.0 in the Nursing Rules and Regulations and Question 7 in the Frequently Asked Questions.

Renewal of Licensure for Advanced Practice Nurses

Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) licenses expire on February 28, May 31, or September 30 of odd years (2015, 2017).

To renew, you must attest that you have met one of the following practice requirements in the role and population focus area in which you are licensed:

  • Practice of 1,500 hours over the past five years in the specialty, or
  • Practice of 600 hours over the past two years in the specialty, or
  • Graduation from the specialty program within the past two years.

In addition, APN’s who have prescriptive authority must attest to completing ten hours of continuing education (CE) in pharmacology/pharmacotherapeutics in the past two years.

Renewal of Licensure for Licensed Practical Nurses

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) licenses expire on February 28 of even years (e.g., 2016, 2018).

To renew, you must attest that you have completed the required continuing education (CE) and that you have practiced Nursing at least 1,000 hours in the past five years or 400 hours in the past two years. For more information about CE, see Section 9.0 in the Nursing Rules and Regulations and Question 7 in the Frequently Asked Questions.

Renewal Audit

A percentage of RN and LPN licensees will be randomly selected for audit of their CE and practice requirements. A percentage of APN licensees will be randomly selected for audit of their collaborative agreements.

Note: Please do not send any CE reporting forms or other CE documentation to the Board office unless you receive an Audit Notice.

How to Request Inactive Status or Reactivate

If you are not actively practicing Nursing, you may request that your current active nursing license be placed on inactive status. Submit a written request to the Board of Nursing along with the correct processing fee. When your request is processed, you will receive a Notice of Inactive License Status. You will not receive a license certificate.

If you are a RN who holds an active APN license, you must also request that your APN license be placed on inactive status. A separate processing fee applies to each license being placed on inactive status. You cannot practice as an APN while your RN license is in inactive status. Note: If you are a Delaware APN who is licensed as an RN in a compact state other than Delaware, you must notify the Delaware Board of Nursing of any change in the status of your RN license.

An RN and/or APN with an Inactive license cannot practice or volunteer in that professional capacity. The title “RN – Inactive” and/or “APN – Inactive” may be used while the license is in inactive status.

Although it is inactive, your license's expiration date will remain the same. You will be sent a renewal notice several weeks before the expiration date. To maintain your license in inactive status, you must renew it by the expiration date. There is no continuing education or practice requirement to keep your license in inactive status.

To reactivate an inactive license so that you can resume practice, you must submit a Reinstatement Application . See Section 6.6.2 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations. Submit the required documentation along with the correct processing fee.

How to Renew a Lapsed Nursing License

If you do not renew your license before the expiration date, your license will lapse. It is illegal to practice nursing while your license is lapsed.

You may apply to renew a lapsed license within two months of the expiration date by completing a renewal application online and paying the renewal fee plus a late fee.  Although you have two months to file a late renewal application, it is illegal to practice nursing until your license is actually renewed. This period is not a “grace period.”

If your nursing license has been lapsed for more than two months, you must apply to reinstate your license.