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Board of Nursing

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.”

Processing Center Hours:
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).

CBC Requirement

Effective immediately, all applicants will be required to complete a new CBC for each application submitted. Please select link below to access notice from DC Health regarding the CBC requirement:

Criminal Background Check (CBC) Requirement Notice from DC Health


Please select the link above for recommendations for clinicians, reporting requirements and resources.

LPN Renewal
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Renewal has begun!
Please select the links below for instructions regarding the renewal process.

Letter from the Board of Nursing

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Continuing Education Requirements 

Please note: LPN License will only be renewed AFTER background check is reviewed by staff.

LATE RENEWAL ends on August 29, 2023.

Operation Nightingale:
Investigation of False and Fraudulent Nursing Diplomas

On January 25, 2023, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its initiation of the prosecution of individuals involved in a scheme selling false and fraudulent nursing diplomas. All the nursing programs have been closed. Please select the link below to access a notice from the DC Department of Health (DC Health) Health Regulation and Licensing Administration regarding fraudulent nursing diplomas: 

Notice for Stakeholders



Please select link below to access Emergency Rulemaking documents.
Note updated COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers:

ALERT: PHONE SCAM:  DC HEALTH has become aware of a PHISHING PHONE SCAM in which individuals pose as DC Health representatives to request money. Please be advised that DC Health representatives will never contact you with a request for money.
Select link: FBI Warns Individuals Employed in the Health Care Industry

Important Notices regarding Temporary Licensure Requirements

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.
New License Online Application Instructions and Document Submission information is HERE 

To file a COMPLAINT against a nursing professional select this link.
To provide your CHANGE OF ADDRESS or NAME CHANGE, see instructions in box below this chart.
To check the status of a pending application, log-in to your online application and click "Check Status".
Online verification of a license: select this link. Request a license verification: select this link

Have questions? Contact our staff at email address: To learn more about: Or select this link:
Criminal Background Checks (CBC) Concheeta Wright  [email protected] CBC Criminal Background Check Division
Nursing Education   and 
Staff [email protected] Continuing Education (CE) Continuing Education
Nursing Education Programs Nursing Education Programs
 Nursing Practice/Discipline Cathy
[email protected]


File a Complaint
Disciplinary Action Taken 
Complaint Review and Investigations Process

 Advance Practice Registered Nurse  (APRN)
APRN Regulations 

 APRN New   Applications Staff [email protected]   APRN Application Documents
 APRN Reinstatement
Staff [email protected] Applying for Reinstatement APRN Application Documents
 APRN Controlled   Substance   Registration and   Medical Marijuana Staff TBD Rx: Controlled Substances and Medical Marijuana TBD

 Registered Nurse (RN)
RN Regulations 

 RN Exam Staff [email protected] Applying by Exam RN Application Documents
 RN Endorsement Staff [email protected] Applying by Endorsement RN Application Documents
 RN Reinstatement Staff [email protected] Applying for Reinstatement RN Application Documents

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
LPN Regulations

LPN Exam Staff [email protected] Applying by Exam LPN Application Documents
LPN Endorsement Staff [email protected] Applying by Endorsement LPN Application Documents
LPN Reinstatement Staff [email protected] Applying for Reinstatement LPN Application Documents

Home Health Aide (HHA)
HHA Regulations

HHA Exam

Staff [email protected] Applying by Exam HHA Testing:

HHA Endorsement

Staff [email protected] Applying by Endorsement HHA Application Documents

HHA Reinstatement

Staff [email protected] Applying for Reinstatement HHA Application Documents

Trained Medication Employee (TME)
TME Regulations

TME Exam Staff [email protected] Applying by Exam TME Application Documents
TME Endorsement Staff [email protected] Applying by Endorsement TME Application Documents
TME Reinstatement Staff [email protected] Applying for Reinstatement TME Application Documents

 Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
CNA Regulations

 CNA by Exam, Endorsement and Reinstatement

CNA Testing & Registry:
Please visit the website of our contracted vendor,
Credentia at

Dialysis Technician
Medication Aide-Certified and
Patient Care Technician

Nursing Assisitive Personnel Regulations
(Online application coming soon.)

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.
Board of Nursing Renewal Schedule
License type Renewal open Renewal close Year type
APRN / RN Mid April June 30 Even Years (i.e., 2024, 2026, etc.)
LPN Mid April June 30 Odd Years (i.e. , 2023, 2025, etc.)
Nursing Assistive Personnel (NAP) HHA / CNA / TME Mid September October 31 Odd Years (i.e. , 2023, 2025, etc.)

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]

Discipline: 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

Open Virtual Meeting Notice 

December 7, 2022 at 8:00am 

Board of Nursing Meeting Dates 

BON Meetings
(1st Wednesday of every month)

Type of Meeting
On Ground and Virtual
(See above for Webex virtual meeting link
and access code.)

September 7, 2022




November 2, 2022
On Ground at
899 North Capitol Street NE, 2nd Floor

January 4, 2023


March 1, 2023
On Ground at
899 North Capitol Street NE, 2nd Floor

May 3, 2023


July 5, 2023
On Ground at
899 North Capitol Street NE, 2nd Floor

August 2, 2023


September 6, 2023


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.

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.


New Criminal Background Check Instructions
Criminal Background Check

Authorization to Release Information
Authorization to Release Information Form

Nurses Application Documents
Registered Nurse
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Licensed Practical Nurse

Nursing Assistive Personnel Application Documents
Certified Nurse Aide
Home Health Aide
Trained Medication Employee

Education & Continuing Education
Approved Nursing Programs and Continuing Education (LPN, RN, APRN)
Nursing Assistive Personnel Training Programs (CNA, HHA, TME)

NURSYS Endorsement Verification

Abuse Registry
CNA Abuse Registry

Impaired Nurses
Committee on Impaired Nurses (COIN)

Reporting Unsafe Nursing Practice

License Search
Online License Search

File a Complaint
Disciplinary Action Taken 
Complaint Review and Investigations Process

DC Legislation and Regulations

Nursing Education Programs
Nursing Education Programs

Board Members
BON Members

Board Agenda and Minutes
BON Agenda & Meeting Schedule
BON Minutes

Board Opinions
BON Issued Opinions
Board Policy Statements

DC Nurse (BON Newsletter)

Name/Address Change
Reporting a Name or Address Change

Criminal Background Check
Criminal Background Check

American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Nurse Practitioner Association of the District of Columbia

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899 North Capitol Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 442-5955
Fax: (202) 442-4795
TTY: 711
Email: [email protected]
Vital Records: (202) 442-9303



Contact Phone: 
(877) 672-2174
Contact Fax: 
(202) 724-5145
Contact TTY: 
Office Hours: 
Processing Center: M-F: 9 am-1 pm, W: 9 am-3:30 pm; Office Hours M-F: 8:15 am-4:45 pm
Service Location: 

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GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE