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Mary Kay Goetter, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Executive Director
Nancy D. Adams, MBA, RN, President

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 On-Line License Renewal - RN & LPN Instructions

arrow bullet Social Security Number (SSN)

Anyone wishing to renew online MUST have his/her Social Security Number (SSN) on record with the Board. If your SSN is not on file with the Board, you must complete a mail-in renewal application. The Board uses your SSN to identify nurses with the same or similar name. In addition, by law,  the Board is required to submit, upon request, the name, address, and SSN, if available, of each nurse to the Department of Assessment & Taxation. The Board also submits your SSN to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing with name, address, and license number for the national nurse information database. Information in the database is protected and the SSN is not given out. It is used to consolidate nurses names. Persons with a SSN on file can have his/her license verified online or the telephone verification systems using the SSN. The Board does not give out SSN's upon request. It is considered confidential.
arrow bullet Renewal Process Overview

Log in using your last name, Social Security Number, and nursing license number. Should you have trouble with this step, please review the items listed in the Helpful Hints page

Once logged in, review the information shown. Make corrections as necessary.

Complete only those items that have changed since your last renewal. Questions marked with a red asterisk ( * ) are required to be completed each renewal. The questions we ask contain important information required for workforce analysis with the current nursing shortage. Please help us by filling out  your renewal as completely and as accurately as possible.

Fill in your method of payment and submit your renewal for processing. Your renewal confirmation should arrive via e-mail after completing the process. You must enter a valid e-mail address to receive confirmation notices. If you do not have an e-mail account, you may use a friend's or sign up for one of the free e-mail services such as Hotmail, Yahoo! or Gmail.

Once your renewal data in imported into our database, you may use Look Up A Licensee to verify the completion of your renewal. The Board discontinued the printing of ALL license/certification cards effective April 1, 2007.

arrow bullet Discipline

Complete this information accurately. Failure to notify the Board of misdemeanor or felony convictions, or any disciplinary action from another State may result in loss of licensure. If you can answer "Yes" to any question regarding discipline, you WILL NOT be able to renew your license online. YOU MUST COMPLETE A PAPER RENEWAL APPLICATION.  

arrow bullet Active Practice Requirement

A licensed nurse must be able to provide evidence of 1,000 hours of active practice within a 5 year period. This includes supervision, teaching, administration, positions requiring use of nursing knowledge, judgment and skill, or positions requiring licensure for employment as well as direct patient care -OR-  must successfully compete a Board approved refresher course. New graduates and those completing a refresher course will satisfy the practice requirement  for a period of 5 years following completion of the education program or refresher course.

arrow bullet Inactive Licensure

An inactive license entitles a nurse to use the title RN or LPN and receive Board mailings. Licensees choosing not to renew may not use the title RN or LPN. Licensees may change their status to active at an additional cost once a refresher course is completed or the practice requirement met. 

arrow bullet Volunteer Licensure 

Persons applying for a volunteer license must also comply with the active practice requirements.

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If you do not employ anyone or do not work in Maryland, do not complete the insurance information. If you are an employer, please complete the insurance information. Workman's Compensation Insurance is not Malpractice Insurance.  Workman's Compensation insurance is purchased by employers to cover employees medical expenses and wages should the employee become injured on the job.

arrow bullet Renewal Fees

Fees are payable by credit card only. We accept MasterCard and Visa credit or debit cards. Other card companies (American Express, Discover, etc.) will not be accepted! There are no differences in fees for renewal on-line, by mail, or in person. Please see the Current Fee Schedule for more details. 

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Last update: September 09, 2011
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