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How Do I Renew My LPN License?

Although the exact requirements that exist to renew your current LPN license typically vary state-to-state, the actual renewal process is relatively simple as compared your initial licensing.

The first step should be to contact your state board of nursing to learn what fees and deadlines are involved. Since a license is required to legally practice, you should be aware of the expiration date on your current license, as most states do not allow early renewal.

Initially your first LPN license is valid only until the next expiration date of your given profession (ranging anywhere from 4 months to 1 year). After your first renewal, your license will be valid for up to 2 years. From most states you will receive a renewal application 45-60 days prior to the expiration date of your license and it will state the renewal fee required.

The National Council of State Boards of Nurses (NCSBN) has made a great effort to standardize licensure requirements through a Nurse Licensure Compact. States which have agreed to the compact recognize a single LPN license; states not involved may or may not recognize licenses granted by another state. To see which states belong to the compact, visit the NCSBN website.

Here are examples of a few various states' LPN License renewal process. As you can see the fees and requisites vary greatly.

LPN License Renewal in Mississippi

Typically, Licensed Practical Nurses and Expanded Role LPN's to whom a license was issued or renewed during the current licensing period may renew their license(s) online. Payments must be made by either credit or debit card (Visa and MasterCard only). A United States billing address or a United States Armed Forces billing address is required for payment.

For instance, if the renewal application is made between October 1, and December 31, the normal fees will apply. After December 31st, additional fees will apply. Expanded Role LPNs who renew on-line must submit Continuing Education Documentation if requested to do so by the Board. The fees are $25 for an inactive PN, $100 for an active PN, and a $10 charge per certification for expanded role LPN's. Your license will be mailed to you within fourteen (14) working days. - Mississippi LPN License Renewal

LPN License Renewal in California

The fastest and most convenient way to renew your license is via the Internet using the Online Professional Licensing System.

The main requirements are:

  • Proof of identification, proof of completion of 30 hours of continuing education (for active status)
  • You must have a California license that expires within the next 90 days OR is delinquent by no more than 8 years from the last expiration date. If your renewal transaction has been successful, you should receive a printable "Online License Renewal Receipt" for proof of renewal immediately and state files will be updated within 72 hours.
  • If it has been less than eight years since the license has expired, a licensee can renew his or her license by paying the delinquent renewal fee of $122, and providing proof of completing 30 hours of continuing education taken within the last two years of the date renewing. - California Board of Registered Nursing

LPN License Renewal in Kentucky

You can renew beginning July 1 through midnight October 31, Eastern Time, of every year.

You must renew your license before midnight October 31 or your license will lapse.

If you must respond "yes" to any of the discipline, criminal conviction, and/or ARNP national certification revocation questions, your documentation must be received by KBN prior to October 31, or your license will lapse.

You will need to have the following information readily available:

  • four digits of your social security number
  • Your RN or LPN license number
  • Your date of birth
  • Method of payment (see information below) for $50 LPN License renewal fee.

You should receive your new card within 4 weeks of the date that you renew online.
Kentucky Board of Nursing Renewals


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