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Official State of Iowa Website Here is how you know
Kathleen R. Weinberg, MSN, RN, Executive Director

Renewal Information

Renewal for Registered Nurses/Licensed Practical Nurses

Choose IBON Online Services to renew your nursing license via this site - Then Choose: "Renew an Existing License." Continuing education requirements for renewal link: CE Basic Requirements

Please check the Online Verification System to determine your license expiration date.

A licensee may renew a license beginning 60 days before the license expiration date.

  • For example: if a license expires on January 15, that license can be renewed on November 15.

Licensees are encouraged to renew online through our website, using MasterCard, VISA, or Discover. Click on IBON Online Services to renew online.


Iowa law requires that the renewal be completed 30 days before expiration. The board has elected to not impose a monetary penalty for missing this deadline. The board encourages timely renewal.  

Late Renewals:

Renewals received on the 16th of the birth month and before the 16th of the following month are considered late renewals, requiring payment of the $50 late fee in addition to the $99 renewal fee. The date received in the Board office is the date used to determine if the renewal is late. The postmarked date on the envelope is not taken into consideration.

Board of Nursing rules do not prohibit the practice of nursing during the 30 day grace period. Yet, the employer has the prerogative to prohibit practice during this time frame.

Licensees may continue to get continuing education during the 30 days after expiration, but anyone renewing late may be audited.

Board staff does not have the authority to waive the $50 late fee. 

Retiring Nurses:

If you are retiring and do not plan to use your license, you can simply not renew it when it is time. Your license will then become inactive.  If in the future you decide to use your license again, you can reactivate the license.  

Processing Time:

Applications are processed as soon as possible once the required documents are received. You can check the status of your application through IBON Online Services.

If you need help reporting a criminal conviction during your renewal process, please watch the video below: