Every year, all nurses in Nova Scotia are required to renew their licence. This process is to ensure only nurses qualified to practise nursing are able to do so. Our goal is to review, process and renew all licences in a timely and efficient way.
All nurses practicing as of November 1, 2021, should have a current 2022 licence. Working without a current licence is illegal. Check Search for a Nurse for up-to-date licensing status of all nurses in Nova Scotia.
If you have a question, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 902-444-6726. We will respond as quickly as possible.
Scroll down this page or click on the link below for information on the licence renewal period.
Getting Started: Submitting your renewal application online
- Login to your account using your registration number and password:
If you do not know your password and need to reset it, visit the login page to your account. For LPNS, visit here. For RNs and NPs, visit here. You will need your registration number to reset your password. If you do not know your registration number, visit Search for a Nurse and enter your name.
- Follow the steps to submit your application and payment, if applicable.
Once we receive both your application and payment, your application will be reviewed to determine if:
- Additional documentation and information is required (i.e. licensure verifications)
- You are eligible for a licence
Once eligible, your licence will be processed within 5 business days.
As a self-regulated professional, it is your responsibility to renew your licence every year in order to legally practise as a nurse. We support you to be successful by providing resources, reminders and more. As you renew your licence, remember that:
- You will be notified by email when your licence has been renewed.
- You must verify that your licence has been renewed using Search for a Nurse.
- Working without a practising licence is illegal and may result in a professional conduct complaint.
In the past, nurses have come to the NSCN office for several reasons including:
- Making a payment
- Using a NSCN Computer to submit their application
- Submitting a paper renewal form
- Asking license renewal questions
Please DO NOT come to the NSCN office if you are experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID. Click here to see the 811 Self-Assessment guide.
COVID-19 has forced us to re-think how we interact with you and other stakeholders in our office space. Although some of the Government of Nova Scotia COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, we are still taking steps to protect you, staff and others during the renewal period. A noticeable change is that we now kindly request that you make an appointment if you wish to come to the office. More information on in-person appointments.
Virtual appointments for additional support are available via telephone. More information on virtual appointments.