Returning to Nova Scotia

Welcome back to the nursing profession in this province. Once you have applied and met all licensure requirements, you will be eligible to receive a practising LPN, RN or NP licence. 

This webpage is for you if:

  1. You were licensed in Nova Scotia previously and you are returning to Nova Scotia after being licensed elsewhere. 
  2. You are an RN or NP and you did not apply to renew your licence within 30 days of the end of the licensure year.

Before you begin, it’s important to know:

  • We are available to help if you have any questions. Reach out to us at registration@nscn.ca and we will respond within five business days. 
  • All application documents must be provided in English. Translations from a certified translator are also accepted. You are responsible for the cost of all translations.
  • All documents received through the application process are the property of NSCN and can only be released to another regulatory body with your written permission. Documents will not be released to you or to any third party unless required by law.

Application Process

Please submit the following documents and fees to apply: 

  1. Application for Registration and Licensure 
  2. Pay the application fee 
  3. Photocopy of the following documents. You must submit these documents to us directly either through the mail or email. We will not accept unclear and/or faxed copies.
    1. Government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport or driver’s license)
    2. Birth certificate
    3. Name change certificate (e.g. marriage certificate) if you are married
  4. If you have been working as a nurse, an original criminal record check 
  5. Verification of Current Registration and Licensure Form from any regulatory body where you currently hold a license 
  6. Verification of Practice Hours Form from your current and most recent employers within the past 5 years, if applicable.

What else do I need to do to become licensed as an LPN?

  1. Pass the LPN Jurisprudence Exam if you have not been licensed with us in the past 5 years.

What happens once I submit my documents?

It will take up to five business days to review your application. You will receive an email when your application is approved as well as information about next steps and how to pay for your LPN licence. Click here for information about your licensure fees.

Expiry of your application

Once you are found eligible, you have six months to become registered and/or licensed with us. After this six-month period, your eligibility will expire and your file will be closed. If you change your mind and wish to become licensed once your file has been closed, you will be required to re-apply and meet the regulatory requirements in place at the time of your re-application. 

If you do not complete your application, we will retain the application and any supporting documents for six months from the date of last contact. After this date, your application will be confidentially shredded. When you want to resume the application process, you will be required to re-apply and re-pay the required fees.

Please submit the following documents and fees to apply: 

  1. Application for Reactivation of Licence to Practise Nursing Form 
  2. Application fee
  3. Photocopy of the following documents. You must submit these documents to us directly either through the mail or email. We will not accept unclear and/or faxed copies.
    1. Government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport or driver’s license)
    2. Birth certificate
    3. Name change certificate (e.g. marriage certificate) if you are married. 
  4. Original Criminal Record Check 
  5. Verification of Nurse Registration of Licence Form from every licencing body where you have been registered/licensed since you last held a practising licence in Nova Scotia
  6. Statement from Employer Form
  7. NP only: If you have not been licensed with us since November 1, 2014, you must meet the controlled drugs and substances requirement by passing:
    1. RN Jurisprudence Exam
    2. NP Jurisprudence Exam
    3. NSCN-approved controlled drugs & substances theory course

What happens once I have submitted my documents?

It will take up to five business days to review your application. You will be notified when your application is approved. We will then tell you how to apply for your nursing licence. 

Expiry of your application

Your application will expire and close if your application documents are more than six months old and you have not been in contact with us for six months. 

If you change your mind and wish to become licensed once your file has been closed, you will be required to re-apply and meet the regulatory requirements in place at the time of your re-application, including paying the appropriate fees.

If you have any questions, reach out to us at registration@nscn.ca. We will respond within five business days

Please be advised that registration requirements and fees are subject to change. All registration and licensure fees are non-refundable. Click here to learn more about fees and payment options