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ARNP New License and Renewal - Frequently Asked Questions

You can apply for an initial ARNP license online under IBON Online Services and then - Apply for Initial License as an ARNP. The forms are also on this website under Licensure. There you will see the Instructions for ARNP, Application for ARNP and the ARNP Request for Nursing Transcript form. You will have to print the paper copies of the forms and submit your application by mail with a copy of your certification card. The fee of $81.00 can be paid with a personal check or money order made payable to the Iowa Board of Nursing.

The same process applies as the question above, except, that you must also include a photocopy of your active RN License from your primary state of residence.

Yes, if you move to Iowa or a Non-Compact State, the Registered Nurse License currently held is no longer valid. You must apply for an Iowa Registered Nurse License by Endorsement. 

Obtaining the ARNP license depends on receipt of all the required documentation. The ARNP applications are processed and issued two times per week on Tuesday and Friday. 

Yes, all applications for renewal are available Online under IBON Online Services.

Iowa does not mail renewal notification to licensees. Expiration dates are on the wallet card received and available online. Sixty (60) days prior to expiration you will be allowed to renew both the RN and the ARNP licenses. Your RN license must be kept ACTIVE in order to maintain an active ARNP license. If you reside in another compact state, active RN licensure MUST be held in that state. Note: The RN License must be renewed first. 

Iowa does not mail renewal notifications to licensees. Expiration dates are on the wallet card received and available online. Sixty (60) days prior to expiration you will be allowed to renew. A photocopy of an active RN license from the compact state, or the ARNP licensure card (if the primary state does not require active RN licensure), MUST be submitted to the Iowa Board of Nursing after completing the online renewal application. 

If renewing by paper, the renewal form must be received in the board office no later than the 15th day of your birth month, whether you reside in Iowa or a non-compact state, or you will be required to pay a $50.00 late fee when renewing your RN license in Iowa. There is no late fee for a late ARNP renewal.