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Illinois Board of Nursing License Renewal Requirements for Nurses

What are the state license renewal requirements for a nurse in Illinois?

For registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and advanced practice registered nurses in the state of Illinois, there are specific license renewal requirements that the Illinois Board of Nursing determines. These requirements include courses for RNs, LPNs and APRNs.

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CE Requirements for Nursing Licenses

Every two years, the Illinois Nursing Board requires nurses to complete the following continuing education contact hours to comply with licensing requirements:

  • 20 contact hours for RN license renewal
  • 20 contact hours for LPN license renewal
  • 80 contact hours for APRN license renewal

Mandated State Courses

Required as of January 2020: 1 contact hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention Training


The 1 hour sexual harassment prevention training CE course is intended to fit into the licensee’s regular CE requirements. For RNs and LPNs renewing their licenses in 2020, 1 of the 20 hours of required CE must be a sexual harassment prevention training course. For APRNs renewing their licenses in 2020, 1 of the 80 hours of required CE must be a sexual harassment prevention training course.

License Expiration and Renewal

Registered Nurse Licenses:

Illinois RN licenses expire in even-numbered years on May 31.

All newly issued RN licenses expire on September 30 of odd-numbered years.


Licensed Practical Nurse Licenses:

Illinois LPN licenses expire in odd-numbered years on January 31.


Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Licenses:

Illinois APRN licenses expire in even-numbered years on May 31.


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Illinois nursing license renewal information as of September 2019.

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