RN/LPNs are due to renew their license every 4 years. Nurses shall renew their license beginning on February 1 through April 1 on the year their license expires.
If RN/LPNs do not renew on or before May 1, an additional fee for late renewal is added. If the license is not renewed on or before August 1, of the year your renewal is due, your license expires. You may not work on an expired license.
RN/LPN Renewal of licensure is when you hold an Arizona license and apply to renew the license every 4 years.
What You Need to Know
- Nurses previously licensed in AZ must reapply by renewal, not by endorsement.
- ARIZONA IS A COMPACT STATE. If your Primary State of Residency is in another Compact State do not apply for licensure in Arizona unless you are declaring Arizona as your Primary State of Residency. Primary Stateof Residency is defined as where you vote, pay taxes and hold a driver’s license. For the list of compact states go to www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm.
Renewal applicants must meet one of the following practice requirements:
- Practiced as a nurse for 960 hours or more in the past 5 years OR
- Graduated from a nursing program and obtained a degree within past 5 years OR
- Completed an Arizona Board approved refresher course in the past 5 years OR
- Obtained an advanced nursing degree in the past 5 years (i.e. LPN to RN, RN to BSN, masters, or doctorate).
Questions About the Application Process
Many questions about the application process can be answered by visiting the RN / LPN License Renewal FAQs section of our website.