Renew Annual Licence

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. 

About Renewal

The licence renewal period opens on August 2, 2023 and will close on October 31, 2023. To be eligible to practise on November 1, 2023, you must renew your licence before the renewal period ends.

Dates to Remember in 2023

August 2, 2023: The renewal period opens. First day to renew your licence.

September 6, 2023: Deadline to renew your licence if you are on payroll deduction with your employer.

October 11, 2023: Deadline to be entered into the Early Bird Licence Renewal Contest for a chance to win the amount of your licensure fee.

October 31, 2023: The renewal period and online renewal portals close. Applications received after the end of the business day on October 31 may not be processed until November 1.

November 1, 2023: Renewal after this date is subject to a reactivation fee. Working without an active licence may be considered professional misconduct and subject to a complaint.

Scroll down this page or click on the link below for information on the licence renewal period. 

NSCN Registrant Portal

Your Accountability 

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 may result in a professional conduct complaint. 

Contacting NSCN

NSCN offers a multitude of ways you can engage with us for the support you require. In addition to in-person meetings, we also offer virtual appointments and are happy to provide you with the information you’re looking for via phone call, email or conference call.

To book an in-person or virtual appointment for additional support, please contact our Registration Services team at registration@nscn.ca.

Supports Available on our Website

We developed a comprehensive list of online resources to support you during the renewal period. The answers to your questions may already be available on our website!

New Regulatory Information System

In January 2023, NSCN implemented a new regulatory information system. This new system provides registrants and applicants with an efficient, easy-to-use portal that will help individuals complete their annual registration renewal.

Your registration number is not needed to access your portal. If you need it for something else, you can find it using the Search for a Nurse directory.

To complete your renewal, you must first activate your profile in the new portal. Watch our how-to video here or follow the below instructions.

  1. Go to the portal here.
  2. Click ‘Forgot your password.’
  3. Enter your USER NAME, which is the email address you use to communicate with NSCN.
  4. Enter the security code shown on the right and click ‘submit’.
  5. You will receive an email with a link to reset your password. Follow the instructions to activate your profile.  

Can’t Remember Your Email? Email registration@nscn.ca.

Please note: If you are renewing your licence, please click 'forgot your password' and follow the above instructions. All current registrants have an account and are not required to create a new one. Please do not click sign up as this is only for new applicants to NSCN.

  1. Go to the portal here.
  2. Click ‘Forgot your password.’
  3. Enter your USER NAME, which is the email address you use to communicate with NSCN.
  4. Enter the security code shown on the right and click ‘submit’.
  5. You will receive an email with a link to reset your password. Follow the instructions to activate your profile.  
    1. Log in to the portal using your email and password.
    2. Select the ‘My Profile’ tab on the left-hand side of the window.
    3. Select the ‘Edit Profile’ button and update the information you wish to change.

    If NSCN staff approval is required, they will be notified and approve your changes and the information will be active on your profile. 

    1. Go to Search for a Nurse directory.
    2. Enter your first and last name in the applicable fields.
    3. Click search.
    4. Your registration number will be noted below your name.

     

    To access your receipt, log in to the portal using your email and password. 

    On your main page, under ‘invoices’ choose ‘include paid’. You can then see your receipt for your current licensure year.

     

    Information for Nurses Renewing Their Licence

    The 2023-2024 Renewal period opens on August 2, 2023! The Renewal application will be available on this date.

    1. Login to the registrant portal here.
    2. Under the heading “Complete my Registration” click the “Renew” button beside the applicable designation you would like to renew:
    • LPN Practising/Conditional
    • RN Practising/Conditional
    • NP Practising/Conditional

    If you are licensed as both an LPN and RN, you will need to complete renewal applications for each designation.

    If you are licensed as an NP, completing your NP renewal will renew both your RN and NP licences.

    You can save your application and return to it later or withdraw it if you do not wish to proceed.

    1. Pay the applicable fee. Please note: your application will not be processed until payment has been received. To learn more about fees and payment, click here.
    1. Login to the registrant portal here

    Click on the renewal invoice under “My Invoices” on the right-hand side of the window.

    • If all renewal requirements are met and the fee is paid, your renewal is automatic.
    • If there outstanding requirements, NSCN staff will review your application and advise you of next steps.
    • Use your new name if you have received confirmation from us that records have been updated.
    • Use you former name if you have not submitted a name change request or have yet to receive confirmation from NSCN that your records have been updated.

      You can find instructions on how to change your name
      here under ‘How do I make changes to my profile?’.
    • You are not eligible to practice or work on November 1, 2023.
    • Practicing without a license may be considered professional misconduct.

    Renewals after October 31 are subject to a $57.50 reactivation fee

    NSCN has a public directory on our website titled ‘Search for a Nurse’ that can be accessed here.

    Nurses, employers, members of the public and other stakeholders can use this tool to confirm that a nurse is licenced by searching a nurse’s name or registration number. They will be able to see details including current registration, effective date and other information.

    Please note: The current licence will only be visible in the directory once it has been processed and paid.

    Information for Nurses Returning from Leave

    If you are returning from leave and plan on renewing your licence, please contact our Registration team directly at registration@nscn.ca. More information about returning from leave can be found here.

    Information for Nurses on Payroll Deduction with their Employer

    You must submit your application and renewal fee to us and contact your employer for reimbursement.

    • We cannot process applications from nurses on payroll deduction until we receive the fee from your employer.
    • Employers generally submit fees at the end of September.
    • The time to process is dependent on the number of nurses on the employer payroll deduction plan.
    • If you have not received an email from NSCN advising that your renewal is complete by October 25, 2023, please contact our Registration Services team at registration@nscn.ca.
    • Please contact your employer directly for details on how to enroll in their payroll deduction program.
    1. Confirm with your employer that you are on their payroll deduction plan.
    2. Login to the registrant portal here.
    3. Complete your renewal application and make sure you select ‘yes’ to the payroll deduction question.

    Information for Nurses Not Planning to Renew This Year

    If you do not plan to renew your licence this year, visit the menu below that best fits your situation.

    If you are going on maternity or paternity leave, please review the information here

    If you are going to be off from work on an illness or injury leave of absence, please review the information here

    If you are planning to retire or resign during the 2023-2024 licensure period, visit our website here for more information.

    If you plan to leave the province to work as a nurse elsewhere, please review the information here