Renewing Nursing License In Ga
I am a licensed practical nurse and would like to renew my license. I recently found out that my license is expired, so I went to the state’s website to update my information. But because of all the changes in the law lately, I’m not sure if I can renew it or not. Can you help me?
Can my nursing license be renewed if I do not submit a new fingerprint card?
If you do not submit a new fingerprint card, then your nursing license is renewed. You will be able to continue practicing as a nurse.
If you want to add a new employer or agency, then you will need to submit a new fingerprint card for each one of them.
Can an expired RN or LPN license be renewed?
Can an expired RN or LPN license be renewed?
Yes, but you will need to complete the renewal process. This includes:
- Submitting a new fingerprint card
- Paying a renewal fee
- Completing continuing education courses (if required)
- Submitting a renewal form
How can I renew my license if I am currently in the military?
If you are currently in the military, you can renew your license by mail, telephone or online. You can also renew it in person at your county board of nursing office. The Georgia Board of Nursing website has a section specifically for military personnel who want to continue their nursing career after serving their country. If you have been deployed out of state, but plan on returning to Georgia upon completion of deployment and wish to continue working as a nurse, there are special regulations that apply under these circumstances that we will discuss further later on in this article below:
- How Can I Renew My License If I Am Currently In The Military?
- What If I Have Been Deployed Out Of State And Plan On Returning To Georgia Upon Completion Of Deployment And Wish To Continue Working As A Nurse?
What are the requirements for a license renewal at this time?
- You must be a United States citizen.
- You must have been a resident of Georgia for at least one year.
- If you have not lived in the state for at least two years, your license will expire if it is not renewed before the end of its two-year validity period.* If you have not lived in the state for three years, your license will expire if it is not renewed before the end of its three-year validity period.*
How can I update my mailing address on a certificate or license?
You can update your mailing address by logging into the Board’s online license renewal system. If you have any problems, contact the Georgia Board of Nursing at (404) 656-2277 or go here to submit a webform.
If you need to change your address on your license, first make sure that it is up-to-date with the SSA/SSDI database. Then, visit a license renewal station and bring:
- Proof of identification (a driver’s license or state ID card)
- A completed License Renewal Application Form or CRN Form #15 (print out from this page)
and payment for $30 if applicable
Has the renewal cycle changed from every two years to every three years?
The renewal cycle has changed from every two years to every three years. The renewal cycle is from the date of your last renewal. For example, if you renewed on June 1st, 2019 and now need to renew again, your next renewal due date would be June 1st 2021.
I have recently been convicted of a felony. Do I still have to renew my nursing license?
If you have been convicted of a felony, you will still be required to renew your license. The board may require that you submit a letter explaining the circumstances surrounding your conviction and/or an interview with the board.
Does Georgia require continuing education for renewal of a nursing license?
Continuing education (CE) is required for renewal of a nursing license in Georgia. The amount of CE required depends on the type of license.
- RN’s must complete at least 24 hours of approved continuing education courses every two years.
- LPN’s must complete 16 hours of approved CE courses every two years.
What are the continuing education requirements for licensed practical nurses and licensed practical nurse instructors?
Continuing education is a requirement for LPNs and LPN instructors in Georgia. The Board of Nursing requires a minimum of 15 hours of continuing education every two years. CE courses should be approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing, taught by an approved instructor, and completed within the two-year period.
The required number of CE hours may be met by taking multiple courses over time or through one course that meets the allotted amount (e.g., a 10-hour course).
What are the continuing education requirements for registered professional nurses and registered professional nurse instructors?
The Georgia Board of Nursing requires continuing education for all nurses. The requirement varies depending on the number of years you have been licensed and whether or not you are a nurse instructor.
- If your license has never been expired: you will need 24 hours every two years.
- If your license has been expired for less than four years: you will need 24 hours every three years.
- If your license has been expired for more than four but less than eight years: you will need 36 hours every three years.
- If your license has been expired for more than eight but less than 12 years: you will need 48 hours every four years.
Do advanced practice registered nurses need CE for renewal of their licenses?
APRNs are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education every two years.
This requirement applies to APRNs who hold an active license and have completed the application process to become certified in an APRN role. The Board will send a renewal notice with instructions on how to renew your license and pay any applicable fees.
Laws regarding nursing licenses change all the time, so be sure to stay up to date on current Georgia regulations.
You can find information on the laws regarding nursing licenses in Georgia at the following websites:
- The Georgia Board of Nursing
- The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH)
- The Georgia Board of Pharmacy (GBOP): This site contains information about what you need to do to renew your license, including how long you have before it expires and how much it costs. You will also find information here about licensing requirements and fees.
- The Georgia Board of Public Health: This page lists important dates, such as when the next renewal period begins, how long it lasts, what documents are needed to renew your license and more.
- The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS): On this page there is a link titled “Nursing Home Administrators” where you can learn more about becoming an administrator at a nursing home facility in GA
Nursing is a lucrative job, but it comes with a lot of responsibility. In order to maintain your license you must renew it on time, comply with all requirements set by the state and keep up with continuing education. If you don’t do these things then there could be serious consequences such as losing your job or even going to jail. If you are unsure about how long your license will last or any other questions related to this topic then please contact us at 1-800-NURSE (1-800-687-3773) where one of our experts would be happy to assist!