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Florida Board of Nursing
License Renewals
August 2020

Licensees of the Florida Board of Nursing are required to renew their licenses biennially in order to maintain the right to practice.

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Does COVID-19/coronavirus affect my nursing license renewal date in Florida?

As part of the response to the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott A. Rivkees issued Emergency Order DOH No. 20-008, extending the licensure renewal expiration date until August 31, 2020, for any healthcare practitioner with licensure renewal deadlines between May 31, 2020, and July 31, 2020

The July 31, 2020, license expiration date for registered nurses is extended to August 31, 2020.

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When do I renew my Florida RN nursing license? Did the renewal date change for 2020?

Registered Nurses (RN) are renewed by the department in three groups:

  • Group 1 – Licenses normally expire at midnight Eastern Standard Time, April 30, 2020, and in even years. This date was extended to May 31 for the year 2020.
  • Group 2 – Current license normally expire at midnight Eastern Standard Time, July 31, 2020, and in even years. This date was extended to August 31 for the year 2020.
  • Group 3 – Current licenses will expire at midnight Eastern Standard Time, April 30, 2021, and in odd years.

When do I renew my Florida LPN nursing license?

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) licenses expire at midnight Eastern Standard Time on July 31 in odd years.


What is needed for RN and LPN license renewals by the FL BON?

  1. Completed CE requirements reported into CEBroker.com (see CEU tab regarding CE Exemption)
  2. Completed renewal application
  3. Required fees

Licensees requesting to reactivate their license from Inactive or Retired status are required to pay additional fees and comply with specific continuing education requirements. Licensees who fail to meet these requirements must reapply for licensure and comply with current laws and rules.

Licensees who have become Null and Void or elected to Voluntarily Relinquish their LPN license must reapply for licensure and meet current requirements.

How many CE Hours are needed to renew my Florida nursing license?

The required number of nursing CEU hours is described in the table below.
Wild Iris Medical Education is an ANCC-accredited provider for nursing continuing education (CNE), approved by the Florida Board of Nursing, Provider #NCE3403 and CE Broker provider #50-2174. Courses completed with Wild Iris Medical Education by existing Florida license holders are reported electronically to CE Broker within 24 hours.

Required Subject Area Required Number of Hours Important Information
General Hours 16 -
Prevention of Medical Errors 2 -
Florida Laws & Rules 2 -
Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace 2 2-hour course completion is required upon initial licensure. Afterwards, licensees are required to complete Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace every other renewal.
Human Trafficking 2 Licensees expiring after January 1, 2019, are required to complete Human Trafficking training every renewal/biennium).
Domestic Violence 2 Domestic Violence education is required every third biennium, and the hours are in addition to the 24 hours of continuing education required for license renewal.
HIV/AIDS 1 HIV/AIDS training is a one-time requirement prior to the first renewal.

What about CE Broker reporting for Florida nursing licensees?

Wild Iris Medical Education reports any course completion automatically and electronically from its system to the CE Broker system in Florida within 24 hours. In order to ensure successful reporting, the license number must be entered into the Wild Iris registration with the license prefix, i.e., RN12345, LPN56789.

Licensees of the Florida Board of Nursing are required to renew their licenses biennially in order to maintain the right to practice.

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How do the CE requirements differ for those licensed during the current biennium?

LPNs and RNs initially licensed by examination during the current biennium are exempt from the general CEU requirements for the first renewal. However, those licensees must still complete 2 hours in Medical Errors, 2 hours in Florida Laws and Rules, 2 hours in Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace, 2 hours in Human Trafficking, and 1 hour in HIV/AIDS.

LPNs and RNs initially licensed by endorsement during the current biennium and who took the exam in another state within the biennium are exempt from general CEU hours. However, those licensees must still complete 2 hours in Medical Errors, 2 hours in Florida Laws and Rules, 2 hours in Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace, 2 hours in Human Trafficking, and 1 hour in HIV/AIDS.

Initial licenses that were issued for less than 24 months are required to complete 1 hour for each month that the license was valid; these hours must include the same required course hours listed above. First licenses are not generally valid for a full two years.

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How do I renew my Florida Advanced Practice RN nursing license?

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) are renewed by the department in three groups:

  • Group 1 – Licenses normally expire at midnight Eastern Standard Time, April 30, 2020, and in even years. This was extended to May 31 for the year 2020.
  • Group 2 – Current licenses normally expire at midnight Eastern Standard Time, July 31, 2020, and in even years. This date was extended to August 31 for the year 2020.
  • Group 3 – Current licenses will expire at midnight Eastern Standard Time, April 30, 2021, and in odd years.

In addition to the CEU requirements listed in the table above, Florida APRNs are required to take 3 hours in Safe and Effective Prescription of Controlled Substances. Source: Florida Board of Nursing.

Is Florida a Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC) State?

Yes, since March 2016, Florida has been a Compact State for the multistate nursing license.
In order to receive a new multistate license, a nurse who lives in a Compact State must meet the following 11 Uniform Licensure Requirements (ULRs):

  1. Meet the requirements for licensure in their home state (state of residency).
  2. Have graduated from a board-approved education program or have graduated from an international education program (approved by the authorized accrediting body in the applicable country and verified by an independent credentials review agency).
  3. Have passed an English proficiency examination (applies to graduates of an international education program not taught in English or if English is not the individual’s native language).
  4. Have passed an NCLEX-RN® or NCLEX-PN® examination or predecessor exam.
  5. Be eligible for or hold an active, unencumbered license (i.e., without active discipline).
  6. Have submitted to state and federal fingerprint-based criminal background checks.
  7. Have no state or federal felony convictions.
  8. Have no misdemeanor convictions related to the practice of nursing (determined on a case-by-case basis).
  9. Not be a current participant in an alternative program.
  10. Self-disclose current participation in an alternative program.
  11. Have a valid United States Social Security number.

How does the Enhanced NLC (eNLC) of 2018 affect my Florida multistate nursing license?

If you hold a RN or LPN multistate license issued by any original Compact State (including Florida) before July 20, 2017, and if that license is still in good standing as of January 19, 2018, your multistate license will be grandfathered in to the eNLC—that is, it will continue to be a multistate license. No further action is needed.

If you hold a Florida multistate license that was issued or reinstated on or after July 20, 2017, but before January 19, 2018, your license was based on the Original Compact rules that were in effect during this interim period. You qualify for an eNLC multistate license only if you meet all 11 ULRs (listed above). If not, your Florida multistate license changed to a single-state license valid only in Florida on January 19, 2018. Furthermore, if you do not have multistate privileges in your state of legal residence, you must hold a separate license in each state where you practice even if it is an eNLC state.

If you applied for an original Florida license after January 19, 2018, you were required to meet the 11 Uniform Licensure Requirements that apply to all eNLC states in order to receive a multistate license. However, if you don’t meet all ULRs, your Florida license remains a single-state license valid only in Florida.

If you have an active Florida single-state RN or LPN license and Florida is your primary state of residence, you may apply for multistate licensure.

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How can I stay up to date on any new continuing education requirements?

The Florida Board of Nursing offers a free email subscription service to receive any updates to their site. By subscribing, you will be among the first to learn of any new CEU requirements.

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