How to Obtain Your Ohio Nursing License

License by Endorsement

ASSOCIATED FEES

Application

$75

Temporary License

Fee Included

License Renewal

Link to Online Renewal

ASSOCIATED FEES

PROCESS

Timely

$65

Within 5 business days if renewed online

Late Renewal

$115

Temporary License Processing

It takes approximately 7-14 business days to receive a temporary license in Ohio after all of the necessary documents have been received by the board and the license will last for up to 180 days (must not have any prior convictions or disciplinary action to obtain).

NECESSARY DOCUMENTS

TEMPORARY

PERMANENT

Completed Application

Yes

Yes

Proof/Verification of Original State License

Yes

Yes

Proof/Copy of Current License

No

Yes

Completed Fingerprint Cards (2)

No

Yes

Transcripts — Received Directly from Nursing School

Yes

Yes

2 Contact Hours per Ohio Law

No

Yes

In Ohio, fingerprint cards are accepted for out of state nursing applicants only and must be accompanied with exemption form.

Nurses must fax or email a written request to the Ohio Board of Nursing for required fingerprint cards.

Temporary licenses are only issued while other required documents are being processed. There are additional steps that must be completed to receive a permanent license.

Additional Information

Renewal & Reinstatement:

  • If license was issued on or after September 1st, 2014, renewal requires 12 contact hours with 1 hour related to Ohio law and rules.
  • If license was issued on or before September 1st, 2014, renewal requires 24 contact hours with 1 hour related to Ohio law and rules.
  • Nurses must contact the board’s renewal unit directly to request required reinstatement information and application as well as CEU requirements.
  • Reinstatement applications will be sent 7-10 business days after request is received by the board.

Check for proper mailing address when sending in applications as it may differ from the physical address provided.

Contact Information & Mailing Address

Ohio State Board of Nursing

17 South High Street, Suite 400
Columbus, OH  43215

Phone:  614-466-3947

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