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Board of Nursing


 “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.”



On February 23, 2024, DC Health (DC Department of Health) relocated.
The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration's
Processing Center and other offices are located at:

DC Health
2201 Shannon Place SE
Washington, DC 20020

(The new building is 0.3 miles from the Anacostia Metro)

Processing Center Hours:

The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Processing Center
is open to the public
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm,
and Wednesday, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (except holidays). 
Office Hours: The HRLA Office Hours are
Monday through Friday, 8:15 am – 4:45 pm (except holidays).

Change to the Term of License, Certificate and Registration
Effective Date June 16, 2024

DC Health has always operated with fixed renewal windows for each profession. In response to feedback from the health professional community, the Director has moved to change the renewal system to align with each licensee’s month of birth. As such, all applicable licenses, certificates, or registrations issued on or after June 16, 2024, will expire on the last day of the birth month of the license holder. This will apply to all new applicants and will become applicable to licensees renewing later this year. For those renewing, this will not take effect until September 2024. For all current holders of a license, certificate, or registration additional information will be provided at a later date. This authority is pursuant to Chapter 40 Section 4006.3 DCMR Chapter 40 General Rules.


Licensees can access the renewal portal by going to:
and logging in with their user credentials from the last renewal.
Licensees renewing for the first time must register/sign up first.

For additional information about the renewal, please review the following renewal notification: 


FAQ RN/APRN 2024 Renewals



Please note that due to the large number of licensees seeking renewal and the need to complete the required review (of criminal background check, etc.), the issuance of the renewed license is taking longer than expected.

RN/APRN who submit the renewal application before the expiration date of the license (June 30, 2024) are permitted to continue to work while their application is pending. Currently, DC Health is processing the renewal applications from RN/APRN who applied timely for the renewal of their licenses. The subject matters under review vary from Continuing Education compliance to disciplinary history. It is possible that these reviews will continue after the expiration date of June 30, 2024. However, when the renewal applications are approved, the licenses will be renewed and active as of July 1, 2024.

For individuals who have applied for their renewal prior to the June 30, 2024, deadline, their status will be “Renewal pending/authorized to work”. For those who apply after the deadline, their status will be “Expired - renewal eligible".

RN/APRN may not work beyond August 31, 2024, without an active license.



4005.5 A holder of a license, certificate, or registration who fails to renew prior to the expiration date may renew the license, certificate, or registration within sixty (60) days after expiration upon paying the required late fee. Upon renewal, the holder shall be deemed to have possessed a valid license, certificate, or registration during the period between the expiration of the license, certificate, or registration and the renewal thereof.

4005.6 If a holder of a license, certificate, or registration fails to renew the license, certificate, or registration within sixty (60) days after the expiration, the license, certificate, or registration shall be considered to have lapsed on the date of expiration, and the holder shall be required to apply for reinstatement and pay the required reinstatement fee, in accordance with the applicable provisions of this subtitle and the Act.

4006.5 The Director may extend the term of a license, certificate, or registration of a health profession for administrative convenience, or if the Director determines that there is an exigent circumstance that requires an extension for the preservation of the health and safety of the public.

SOURCE: Final Rulemaking published at 34 DC Register 5859, 5863 (September 11, 1987), 69 DC Register 2467 (March 25, 2022).


Title 17, Chap. 56, Sec 5608

ALERT: Operation Nightingale: Investigation of Fraudulent Nursing Diplomas



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

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.


Have questions? Contact our staff at email address: To learn more about: Or select this link:
Criminal Background Checks (CBC) Staff [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

Notice of Emergency and Proposed Rulemaking Certified Nurse Aides

 CNA by Exam, Endorsement and Reinstatement

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


CNA Employment Attestation:   Attestation Form for 2023 Renewal

Dialysis Technician
Medication Aide-Certified and
Patient Care Technician
Nursing Assisitive Personnel Regulations
(Online application coming soon.)


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.


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 online:

Join by Phone: 1-650-479-3208 (US/Canada)
Access Code: 172 969 3891

Open Virtual Meeting Notice 

Board of Nursing Meeting Dates - 9AM (Eastern Time)

BON Meetings
(1st Wednesday of every month)

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

December 1, 2023 

Open Session – Special Session

January 3, 2024


March 6, 2024


May 1, 2024


July 10, 2024* 

August 7, 2024


September 4, 2024

*Moved to 1 week after July 4th holiday week.


Click Here To Verify a License.


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 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. 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. 

Board Members: BON Members

Board Agenda and Minutes

Board Opinions

DC Nurse (BON Newsletter): The Board newsletter, DC NURSE, is a communication vehicle to the DC Nursing Community.


Abuse Registry: CNA Abuse Registry


Authorization to Release Information: Authorization to Release Information Form

Committee on Impaired Nurses (COIN): 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.  

  • 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]

Criminal Background Check: Criminal Background Check

Discipline: Please continue to send all notices of terminations related to practice or abuse to [email protected]

Education & Continuing Education

Legislation/Regulations: DC Legislation and Regulations

License Search: Online License Search

Nurses Application Documents

Nursing Assistive Personnel Application Documents

Nursing Education Programs: Nursing Education Programs

Name/Address Change: Reporting a Name or Address Change

Reporting: Reporting Unsafe Nursing Practice

Verification: NURSYS Endorsement Verification

Connect with us!

2201 Shannon Place SE, Washington, DC 20020
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: 

Health, Department of

GIS Address: 
2201 Shannon Place SE