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

Standard Renewal

Click IBON Online Services to renew your nursing license via the Internet - Then Choose: "Renew an Existing RN or LPN License/ARNP Registration"

Simple Troubleshooting Guide to the On-line License Center


Please check your wallet card or the Online Verification System to determine your license expiration date.

For example:

  • Licenses that expire September 15 are due August 15, and can be renewed any time after July 15.
  • Licenses that expire October 15 are due September 15, and can be renewed any time after August 15.
  • Licenses that expire November 15 are due October 15, and can be renewed any time after September 15.

Licensees are encouraged to renew over the Internet using MasterCard, VISA or Discover. Online renewals are processed immediately by the computer program. Click on IBON Online Services to renew online.

If you are unable to renew over the Internet, you may contact the board office in writing to request that a paper form be mailed to you, e-mail Iowa Board of Nursing or call 515-281-4826. Please include name, current address, license number or social security number with your request. The mailing address is: Iowa Board of Nursing, 400 S.W. 8th Street, Suite B, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-4685.


Iowa law requires that the renewal be returned 30 days prior to expiration. The board has elected to not impose a monetary penalty for missing this deadline, but the later the renewal is received the more likely it becomes that the new license will not be in hand by the time the old one expires. Also, if a paper renewal cannot be processed as received, and must be returned to the licensee for any reason, and if it is then resubmitted and received after the 15th of the birth month, it is considered a late renewal; there will be an additional $50 late fee. (The Postmark on the envelope is not taken into consideration when determining if a renewal is late)

Processing Time:

The board requires three to five working days to process a paper renewal. Renewals are returned to the licensee for a variety of reasons, the most common one being the failure to respond to the criminal history question on the renewal form.

Online renewals are processed over the internet immediately, without the need for human intervention.

Wallet Cards:

Wallet cards are printed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday whether the renewal has been submitted electronically or on paper. The wallet card will be printed and mailed within 3 - 5 working days.

Verification of Licensure or Renewal of Licensure:

To verify an RN, LPN or ARNP license:

  • Click on IBON Online Services and choose:License Verification. The employer may verify the status of an Iowa license, determine if the license is under sanction and print the information on the screen. The license number is required.