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Georgia Board of Nursing

Online Application for New Graduates

Graduates of Georgia nursing education programs may view detailed instructions regarding the online application process and access the online application for licensure by examination by clicking here.

Did you know that the Board publishes a quarterly magazine?  The Georgian Nurse provides information regarding education, licensure, practice and discipline issues.  Copies of The Georgian Nurse are mailed to every healthcare facility in Georgia and electronic copies are emailed to every licensee with an active email address on file with the Board.  To view the most recent edition of The Georgian Nurse click here.

Continuing Competency Requirements

Are you a registered nurse whose license expires January 31, 2019 or a licensed practical nurse whose license expires March 31, 2019?  Have you completed one of the required continuing competency options required by Georgia law?  Detailed information regarding the continuing competency requirements for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses is available here.  

If you have reviewed the continuing competency requirements and still have questions please take time to review the frequently asked questions available here.  Remember, all continuing competency documentation must be uploaded to CE Broker.

Licensure Status: Active Renewal Pending

Have you confirmed your license renewal?  What is the current status of your license?  Please use the online "Licensure Search" feature to confirm that your renewal has been completed.  Be sure to check the current status and the license expiration date.  If the information does not reflect that your license is "Active" with an expiration date of January 31, 2019 (RN) or March 31, 2019 (LPN) then your renewal has not been completed.

If a licensee submitted a renewal application on or before January 31, 2017 (RN) or March 31, 2017 (LPN), the license status should change to “Active-Renewal Pending” while the staff awaits the submission of the required renewal documentation. “Active-Renewal Pending” does not mean that the license has lapsed, is inactive or invalid. O.C.G.A. §50-13-18(b) states the following:

- (b) When a licensee has made timely and sufficient application for the renewal of a license or for a new license with reference to any activity of a continuing nature, the existing license does not expire until the application has been finally determined by the agency and, in case the application is denied or the terms of the new license limited, until the last day for seeking review of the agency order or at a later date fixed by order of the reviewing court.

Please note that all renewal documentation (for licensees who submitted a renewal application on or before January 31, 2017) must be submitted/postmarked by January 31, 2017 (RN). Any documents received/postmarked after that date will not be reviewed, the license will be lapsed and the licensee will be required to complete the reinstatement process.

Substance Use Disorder Resources

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Board of Directors (BOD) voted to provide NCSBN courses “Understanding Substance Use Disorder in Nursing” and “Nurse Manager Guidelines for Substance Use Disorder” free of charge for all nurses and nursing students.  For more information about these and other resources click here. 


E-Notify is now available in Georgia!  Nursys E-Notify is a free and innovative nurse licensure notification system that allows you to receive real-time email notifications about nurses that you employ.  The system provides publicly available discipline data directly to you automatically as the data is entered into the Nursys database without you needing to proactively seek the information.  Click here for more information!


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