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 July 6, 2020, one month earlier than usual. This will proactively ensure extra time is available in the event of a second wave of COVID-19 during the renewal period. The renewal period will close as it normally does, on October 31, 2020. To be eligible to practise on November 1, 2020, you must renew your license before the renewal period ends.

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

You need to know your registration number and password to submit an online renewal form.

For help finding your registration number or resetting your password:

How to reset your password

How to find your registration number

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:

  • The application and fee must both be submitted by October 1 in order to ensure your licence is processed by November 1. 
  • 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. 

Renewal During COVID-19

While licence renewal will look a little bit different this year as our team continues to work virtually, you can be assured of the same level of service and support from NSCN staff.

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.

In-Person Appointments
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
Virtual appointments for additional support are available via telephone. More information on virtual appointments.

We have added additional safety measures in our office space to maintain physical distancing while onsite. You can read more about these measures here

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!

Information for Nurses Renewing Their Licence

How to Renew

  1. Login to your account using your registration number and password: 
    1. Renew as LPN: Log into the LPN Registrant Portal
    2. Renew as RN/NP: Log into the RN & NP Registrant Portal
  2. 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.

To reset your password, 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.

Visit Search for a Nurse and enter your name to find your registration number.

Online submission is very quick and easy and self-directed! We can even help you with the process. Click HERE to start the process.

However, if you still require a paper application, please send a request to registration@nscn.ca.

You must log back into your portal account and select “payment”. Your application will not be processed until payment has been received.

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.

If you have sent us a copy of your name change document (i.e., marriage certificate, divorce decree) and have received an email confirmation that your name has been changed in our records, you must apply using your confirmed name. 

You can find instructions on how to change your name on our website.

If you miss the October 31 application deadline you will not be able to work on November 1, 2020. To ensure this does not happen to you, allow yourself plenty of time and submit your renewal application and payment prior to October 1. Payments received after October 31 include a $57.50 late fee.

To continue practicing as a nurse in Nova Scotia, please renew your licence now. To renew your licence, follow the link that applies to your designation:

For LPNs, click here
For RNs and NPs, click here.

Information for Nurses on Payroll Deduction with Their Employers 

Please email us at registration@nscn.ca or phone 902-444-6726. We will verify this information for you.

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

It will take approximately 5 business days for your application to be processed once we have received the fee from your employer. When your application has been processed you will receive an emailed confirmation and official receipt.

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. We recommend that you continue to check the website to determine if there have been any changes to the application processes or timeframes.

If you are going to be off from work on an illness or injury leave of absence, please review the information here. We recommend that you continue to check the website to determine if there have been any changes to the application processes or timeframes.

If you are planning to retire or resign during the 2021 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

Your Renewal Calendar: Important Dates

July 6: Renewal Period Opens. 

August 14: Deadline to renew if you on payroll deduction with your employer. What happens if I miss this deadline? 

August 14: Deadline to renew and be automatically entered in the Licence Renewal Contest to win the amount of your licensure fee.

October 1: Deadline to renew to ensure your licence is processed by November 1. It is our goal every year to ensure we process every license application in a timely manner, so nurses are eligible to work. However, COVID-19 has changed the way business is conducted for everyone. If a second wave hits, our application processing times may be slowed down. We encourage registrants to be prepared and submit your completed application on or around this date. 

October 31: Renewal period closes. What happens if I miss this deadline? 

November 1: First day of the new licensure year. All nurses must have a 2021 licence to work as a nurse.

Our Customer Service Commitment to you

We are working hard to ensure your renewal experience is as seamless as possible. We are implementing new processes to help with this as well as ensuring we minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19. 

Last year, we averaged nearly 600 registrant enquiries (calls, emails and appointments) per week during the renewal period. In addition to opening earlier to allow more time, we have also developed a number of online supports and resources to answer your questions, reconfigured our renewal webpage to make things easier to find and revised our email and voicemail response processes.  

However, we know that not all things work for all people,  you can always email us at registration@nscn.ca or call us at 902-444-6726. We will get back to you as quickly as we can.