Understanding Your 2024 NYS Nursing License Renewal Requirements

  • We know it can be challenging to find all the required information for your NYS nursing license renewal.  
  • Renewal deadline information is essential as New York nurses cannot practice with an expired license.  
  • In this article, you’ll learn the 2024 renewal deadline, continuing education requirements, and answers to the top questions related to this subject.  

NCC News & Content Team

January 10, 2024
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2024 NYS Nursing License Renewal Requirements

Nurses have little time left in their day to find out everything they need to do to renew their licenses and prevent them from expiring.

This article provides essential information about the 2024 NYS nursing license renewal, such as the CE requirements, the last day to renew, the consequences of missing the renewal deadline, and some questions concerning the maintenance of a nursing license.

In the state of New York, RNs must renew their licenses every three years on their birth month, or they will incur a $10 late fee for every month they are late renewing.

1. What Are the 2024 CE Requirements License Renewal?

Prior to being issued a license, nurses who didn’t graduate from a nursing education program registered by NYSED after 09/01/1990 must complete a two-hour course on child abuse reporting.

They must also complete NYSED-approved infection control coursework every four years. Nurses who graduated from a nursing education program registered by NYSED within the past 4 years don’t have to take additional infection control coursework. 

Nursing CE Central provides both courses, and the New York Board of Nursing accepts them. Click here to learn more.

2. Which Nurses Must Complete CE?

RNs and LPNs must fulfill CE requirements to renew their license.

3. Are Nurses Required to Complete a Test to Fulfill Their New York CE Requirements? 

Per the NYSED, the mandated child abuse reporting course requires completion of a post-test to receive credit for the course.

4. Do Nurses Need to Use CE Broker to Submit Their Completed Continuing Education Certificates?

No, they must submit their completed certificates directly to the New York State Education Department.

5. Is Nursing CE Central a New York Board of Nursing-Approved Provider?

Yes, Nursing CE Central’s continuing education courses are accepted by the New York Board of Nursing and approved by the New York Department of Education.

6. Do Nurses Have to Keep Documentation Proving They Completed Their CE Requirements?

Yes, it’s recommended that nurses retain CE certificates for at least five years in case of a random audit or disciplinary investigation from the board. Nursing CE Central keeps a record of all completed certificates, and they can be easily accessed by logging into the website.

7. How Often Do I Need to Renew My License?

In the state of New York, RNs and LPNs must renew their licenses every 3 years on their birth month.


8. What Happens If I Don’t Renew My License on Time?

NYSED will mail you a renewal application four months before your expiration date. If you don’t not renew your license prior to the expiration date, it will expire. Once expired, your registration status will show as inactive at the beginning of the new registration period (your birth month). You’ll have to reactivate your registration status by submitting a delayed registration application. You cannot practice with an inactive or expired license and will have to pay the $73 fee plus a $10 late fee for every month your registration has been inactive.

9. Can I Practice with an Expired License?

No, you cannot work in New York with an expired license.

10. How Can I Renew My Nursing License?  

You can renew your license online through the New York Office of the Professions’ online renewal service.

11. What Do I Need to Use the New York Office of the Professions’ Online Renewal Service?

You’ll need your registration renewal document that was mailed to you. This contains your license number and your pin number. A valid payment method will also be needed.

12. How Can I Verify the Status of My License?

Please visit the online license verification page:

13. How Do I Contact the New York State Board of Nursing?

If you have additional questions about your NYS nursing license renewal, here’s the contact information for the board:



Phone number: (518) 474-3817

Fax number: (518) 474-3706

Address: New York State Education Department Office of the Professions
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234

Their office is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 AM to 4:45 PM. They’re not open on holidays.

Still have questions?

Visit our New York nursing license renewal page for more information or to begin CE courses.

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