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The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Processing Center is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 am – 1 pm, and Wednesday, 9 am - 3:30 pm (except holidays).
Office Hours:
The HRLA Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:15 am - 4:45 pm (except holidays).


DC Health is experiencing delays in mail availability due to the impact of COVID-19 on the US postal service.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to process all mail in as timely a manner as possible.


Important Notice (select link): DC Health No Longer Accepting Paper Applications (Beginning June 14, 2021)


2022 RN/APRN RENEWAL: See Renewal FAQs



DC Health’s online licensing application system is now LIVE. (See link below.)


The District of Columbia Department of Health, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is excited to announce the opening of our new online licensing system. Effective immediately, any healthcare provider who is interested in applying for a new health professional license, or to renew, reinstate, or reactivate an existing license, may do so by going to the below link and submitting an online application. All users are strongly encouraged to review the instructions prior to beginning the process.

Application Instructions

RN Application Instructions -
  LPN Application Instructions -
     APRN Application Instructions -
  HHA Application Instructions -
  TME Application Instructions -

Nurses (LPN, RN, APRN) document submission:

Submit your documents to the Board via these email addresses:

College Nursing Program Transcripts: [email protected]
Supervised Practice Documents: [email protected]  
Verifications from Non-Nursys states and APRN verifications
should be sent to 
[email protected]

CNA and HHA Applications

Current and prospective CNAs and HHAs, please note:
DC Health is now in contract with Credentia for testing and the CNA registry processes. 

Please access the Credentia website for more information: 

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA):

Home Health Aide (HHA):

(To request verification from the DC Board of Nursing for a DC RN or DC LPN license, request your verification
at www.Nursys.comAPRNs, HHAs, & TMEs please see instructions here


* * *  RN Renewal Notice  * * *

RN and APRN renewal begins Monday, April 18, 2022

Please select this link to access RENEWAL FAQs:

2022 RN/APRN Renewal Frequently Asked Questions
and Letter from Board Executive Director




To see the DC Health mandates related to COVID-19, select the link below:



In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Health Professional Board meetings are currently held virtually. Please check below for Board of Nursing meeting dates. 

Board of Nursing is committed to doing our best to continue normal operations and prioritize tasks; please understand that responses and actions may be delayed. We are currently processing routine applications within 30- 45 business days, if the application is complete. We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time.

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Licensure Waivers

In response to COVID-19, DC Health has waived all licensure requirements for practitioners who are licensed in good standing in another jurisdiction. You can read more about the waiver process HERE.


To file a COMPLAINT select this link.

If you require assistance from the Board of Nursing, please contact the following individuals by email:

  Name Email Address
Criminal Background Checks Concheeta Wright  [email protected]
 Nursing Education and 
 Continuing Education
Bonita Jenkins [email protected]

 Nursing Practice

Cathy Borris-Hale [email protected]
 LPN & RN Exam
Tanee Atwell  [email protected]

 LPN & RN Endorsement

Antoinette Butler [email protected]
 LPN & RN Reinstatement
 APRN New Applications
 APRN Reinstatement
DaNeka Bigelow [email protected]
 HHA Applications Naaman Rogers [email protected]
 TME Applications Melondy Franklin [email protected]

      Address Change / Name Change

  • Please email name and address changes to: [email protected] 
  • Please provide your full license number and include letters such as RN, LPN, etc. (If you don't know your license number, provide your Social Security Number).
  • For name change, attach a photo or scan of document such as marriage license, divorce decree or court document which authorizes the change.

Exam Information

For updates on how COVID-19 has impacted NCLEX candidate exam schedules and testing, visit Pearson Vue.

Committee on Impaired Nurses (COIN)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee on Impaired Nurses meetings will be held virtually on the third Friday of every month.  However, should any hospitals or nursing facilities have any referrals, please send them to [email protected]


Please continue to send all notices of terminations related to practice or abuse to [email protected]
To file a complaint with the Board of Nursing, please select this LINK (webpage: 

Board of Nursing Meeting 

To ensure that business is on the agenda for the Board to consider at its next meeting, submit all documentation to the Board office no later than 4:30 PM ten (10) full working days before the meeting date.  Submit agenda requests for consideration from the public to [email protected]

The full board meets formally every other Wednesday (on the first Wednesday of each month) except in the event of a scheduling conflict. The Board does not meet during the month of August. Special meetings may be called by the executive director or the full board itself. 

BON Open Meeting Link / Call-in Information

Join by Phone:
1-650-479-3208 (US/Canada)

Access Code:
172 969 3891

                                                                                                                      Board of Nursing Meeting Dates 2022 
January 5, 2022
February 2, 2022
March 2, 2022 
April 6, 2022
May 4, 2022 
July 6, 2022 
September 7, 2022 
November 2, 2022 

The Board shall regulate the practice of advanced practice registered nursing, registered nursing, practical nursing, and nursing assistive personnel. The Board shall recommend for promulgation by the Mayor curricula and standards required for the approval of nursing schools and nursing programs in the District of Columbia. 


To Verify a License,
select link HERE.

Mission Statement

 “The mission of the Board of Nursing is to safeguard the public’s health and well-being by assuring safe quality care in the District of Columbia. This is achieved through the regulation of nursing practice and education programs; and by the licensure, registration and continuing education of nursing personnel.”

The Board of Nursing, a division within the DC Department of Health, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA), is responsible for the licensure and regulation of registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) (i.e., nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners), nursing assistive personnel (NAPs) (i.e., dialysis techs (DTs), certified nursing assistants (CNAs ), and home health aides (HHAs).  The Board also approves and regulates the education and training programs of the health care providers listed above.

The Board newsletter, DC NURSE, is a communication vehicle to the DC Nursing Community.

The Board administers a rehabilitation program, the Committee On Impaired Nurses (COIN), which was established to monitor the practice of nurses impaired due to substance abuse or mental illness.  

The Board has eleven (11) members, of which seven (7) are RNs, two (2) are LPNs, and two (2) consumer members appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the DC Council.


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Home Health Aide
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Abuse Registry
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Impaired Nurses
Committee on Impaired Nurses (COIN)

Reporting Unsafe Nursing Practice

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Nursing Education Programs
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Continuing Education (CE)
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Board Agenda and Minutes
BON Agenda & Meeting Schedule
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Board Opinions
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Board Policy Statements

DC Nurse (BON Newsletter)

Name/Address Change
Reporting a Name or Address Change

Criminal Background Check
Criminal Background Check


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