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Reactivation from inactive status for RN's and LPN's is available Online at IBON Online Services- Choose "Reactivate a License/Registration." If you complete the reactivation application online, the Fingerprint Card packet will be automatically mailed to your address of record.
Licensees may also request paper forms to reactivate. Click here to send an e-mail to request these forms be mailed. Request Forms.

Fingerprint Cards are NOT available online. All Fingerprint Cards submitted MUST be the two cards received from the Iowa Board of Nursing office.  This is a requirement of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations. Two Fingerprint Cards will be mailed to your address of record to be taken to your local police station or sheriff’s office to be completed.

Reactivation Forms/Information available to print:

For reactivation of an inactive license, the licensee will be required to submit:

  • Reactivation Application (Online or Paper Application)
  • Two Fingerprint Cards received from the Board of Nursing Office (To conduct a national criminal history background check)
  • Signed Waiver
  • Continuing education certificates of completion (The requirement for reactivation is 36 Contact Hours of continuing education that were earned in the previous 36 months.)
  • Total fee of $225.00; ($175 Reactivation Fee & $50 Criminal History Background Check Fee) paid online or by personal check or money order payable to the Iowa Board

To avoid confusion, if not completing the Online Application and Fee, PLEASE submit all REQUIRED documents listed above within the same envelope.

A reactivated license is issued for two years plus the number of months to the birth month, to return the licensee to the three-year license cycle by birth month. The continuing education requirement for the first renewal after reactivation will be 36 contact hours. 

The board requires 5 working days to process a reactivation. Reactivated licenses are printed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

To verify the status of your license, you may use the online verification system accessible through this web site (License Number Required).

Go to IBON Onlines Services and “Check the Status of an Application in Process” prior to calling the Nursing Board office.