Iowa Board of Nursing

Online Services

Board Information

Iowa Board of Nursing
RiverPoint Business Park
400 S.W. 8th Street, Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309-4685
Tel: 515/281-3255
Fax: 515/281-4825

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Reactivation From an Inactive Status

Reactivation from inactive status for RN's and LPN's is available Online at: IBON Online Services - Choose Reactivate a License/Registration. If you complete the reactivation application Online the Fingerprint Card packet will be automatically mailed to your address of record. If you do NOT need the Fingerprint Cards please email: ibon@iowa.gov to NOT send the Fingerprint Card packet.

Licensees may also request the forms to reactivate. Click here to send an e-mail to request these forms be mailed. Request Forms.

Fingerprint Cards are NOT available online. Check with your local police station or sheriff's office to see if BLUE APPLICANT Fingerprint Cards are available from their office.

Reactivation Forms/Information available to print:

For reactivation of an inactive license the licensee will be required to submit:

  • Reactivation Application (Online or Paper Application)
  • Two Fingerprint Cards (To conduct a national criminal history background check)
  • Signed Waiver
  • Total fee of $225.00; ($175 Reactivation Fee & $50 Criminal History Background Check Fee) Paid Online or by personal check or money order. payable to the Iowa Board of Nursing.
  • Continuing Education Certificates (The requirement for reactivation is 1.2 Continuing Education Units or 12 Contact Hours that were earned in the previous 12 months.)
To avoid confusion, if not completing the Online Application and Fee, PLEASE submit all REQUIRED documents listed above within the same envelope.

A reactivated license is issued for two years plus the number of months to the birth month, to return the licensee to the three-year license cycle by birth month. Because the license period is less than three years, the continuing education requirement for the first renewal after reactivation in only 24 contact hours/2.4 CEUs.

The board requires 5 working days to process a reactivation. Reactivated licenses are printed on Tuesdays and Fridays and mailed within 3 - 5 working days..

To verify the status of your license, you may use the online verification system accessible through this web site (License Number Required).

NOTE:  To find out the status of your application go to the Nursing Board Website (nursing.iowa.gov) and choose - “Check the Status of an Application in Process” prior to calling the Nursing Board office.

(Updated 11/12)