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Renew My License or Certificate

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If you are currently (or have been) an Oregon nurse or nursing assistant, please review the application options below.  You can renew or reactivate your current or expired Oregon license/certificate, or reinstate licenses/certificates that have been revoked or voluntarily surrendered.

​If your Oregon nursing license or nursing assistant certificate is active, or has been expired fewer than 30 days, you may apply to renew your license or certificate.

What happens next:  Once we receive your completed application and payment, we will begin processing your application.  You will receive an email from us once your license/certificate has been renewed.

Refund Policy:  You may pay by credit card only.  Fees submitted as part of the application process are not refundable, per ORS 678.410(2).  Be certain that you intend to complete the process before submitting your payment.  If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, or there is an error in your payment, please e-mail the OSBN office at oregon.bn.info@osbn.oregon.gov.

​If your Oregon nursing license or nursing assistant certificate has been expired for 31 days or more, you may apply to reactivate (please see applications for specific requirements) your license or certificate:

  • You are a RN or LPN who can meet the practice requirement.  
  • You are an advanced practice nurse. ​
  • CNAs:
    • You are a CNA who either completed a training program within the last two years, or you can meet the work requirement of having at least 400 paid work hours (doing CNA authorized duties under the supervision or monitoring of a RN) in the past two years, and your certificate must have been expired, retired, or inactive prior to 12/31/2019.  Applicants whose certificate was active at any time after 1/1/2020 are not eligible.  
    • You are a CNA who can meet the work requirement of having at least 400 paid work hours (doing CNA authorized duties under the supervision or monitoring of a RN) in the past two years, but your certification expired on or after 1/1/2020​, or who is a student nurse, a nurse who has graduated within the last year, or licensed LPN/RN that is wanting to reactivate your expired CNA certification, see the application for details.
  • You are a CMA who meets the work requirement of having at least 400 paid work hours doing CMA authorized duties under the supervision or monitoring of a RN in the past two years, and has completed eight hours of CE in pain management before your certification expired.  If you did not have 400 CMA work hours or did not complete the CE hours before your certification expired, you must retake and pass the CMA examination to reactivate

What happens next:  After you submit your application and payment, you will receive an email from the OSBN with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: Frequently Asked Questions about fingerprinting.

Reactivation Fees and Refund Policy

  • You may pay by credit card only.  Fees submitted as part of the application process are not refundable, per ORS 678.410(2).  Be certain that you intend to complete the process before submitting your payment.  If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, or there is an error in your payment, please e-mail the OSBN office at  oregon.bn.info@osbn.oregon.gov

​If your Oregon nursing license has been expired for 31 days or more, and you cannot meet the practice hour requirement, you must complete an a nurse re-entry program while under limited licensure in order to be eligible to reactivate your license.

For more information, please e-mail the OSBN office at oregon.bn.info@osbn.oregon.gov

​If your CNA certificate has been expired 31 – 730 days, and you cannot meet the work hour requirement, you must apply to reactivate your CNA by taking and passing the CNA competency examination​.

What happens next:  After you submit your application and payment, you will receive:

  1. An email from the OSBN with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: Frequently Asked Questions about fingerprinting.
  2. An email from Headmaster Testing Service with instructions on how to schedule your exam date.  Headmaster will send this email after the OSBN reviews your application and releases you to test.  Once you choose a date, Headmaster will send you a confirmation email.

Note for Applicants:

  • Headmaster Testing Service provides Oregon’s CNA and CMA testing.  All applicants should review the Candidate Handbook for Oregon before submitting their application.
  • Exam results are available on Headmaster’s website 3-5 business days after the exam date. 
  • If you pass, and you have met all other requirements for certification, the OSBN will reactivate your Oregon CNA certification.  If you do not pass, your results online will indicate which skills or areas need improvement, and instructions on how to schedule another exam. 

CNA Exam Fees and Refund Policy

  • Reactivate CNA Certification via Examination:  $106.
  • Manual skills exam retest: $45.
  • Written exam retest: $25.
  • Oral exam: $35
  • You may pay by credit card only.  Fees submitted as part of the application process are not refundable, per ORS 678.410(2).  Be certain that you intend to complete the process before submitting your payment.  If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, or there is an error in your payment, please e-mail the OSBN office at oregon.bn.info@osbn.oregon.gov.

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​If your CNA certificate has been expired more than two years, you must complete a new nursing assistant training program and then apply to retake the competency examination to reactivate your certificate.

What happens next:  After you submit your application and payment, you will receive:

  1. An email from the OSBN with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: Frequently Asked Questions about fingerprinting.
  2. An email from Headmaster Testing Service with instructions on how to schedule your exam date.  Headmaster will send this email after the OSBN reviews your application and releases you to test.  Once you choose a date, Headmaster will send you a confirmation email.

Note for Applicants:

  • Headmaster Testing Service provides Oregon’s CNA and CMA testing.  All applicants should review the Candidate Handbook for Oregon before submitting their application.
  • Exam results are available on Headmaster’s website 3-5 business days after the exam date. 
  • If you pass, and you have met all other requirements for certification, the OSBN will reactivate your Oregon CNA certification.  If you do not pass, your results online will indicate which skills or areas need improvement, and instructions on how to schedule another exam. 

CNA Exam Fees and Refund Policy

  • Reactivate CNA Certification via Examination:  $106.
  • Manual skills exam retest: $45.
  • Written exam retest: $25.
  • Oral exam: $35
  • You may pay by credit card only.  Fees submitted as part of the application process are not refundable, per ORS 678.410(2).  Be certain that you intend to complete the process before submitting your payment.  If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, or there is an error in your payment, please e-mail the OSBN office at oregon.bn.info@osbn.oregon.gov.

Helpful Links

​If your CMA certificate has been expired more than two years, you must complete a new medication aide training program, and then apply to retake the competency examination to reactivate your certificate.

What happens next:  After you submit your application and payment, you will receive:

  1. An email from the OSBN with instructions on how to complete the fingerprinting process for your national criminal background check.  More information about Oregon’s digital fingerprint system: Frequently Asked Questions about fingerprinting.
  2. An email from Headmaster Testing Service with instructions on how to schedule your exam date.  Headmaster will send this email after the OSBN reviews your application and releases you to test.  Once you choose a date, Headmaster will send you a confirmation email.

Note for Applicants:

  • Please review a brief presentation on how to complete the application.
  • Headmaster Testing Service provides Oregon’s CNA and CMA testing.  All applicants should review the Candidate Handbook for Oregon before submitting their application.
  • Exam results are available on Headmaster’s website 3-5 business days after the exam date. 
  • If you pass, and you have met all other requirements for certification, the OSBN will reactivate your Oregon CNA certification.  If you do not pass, your results online will indicate which skills or areas need improvement, and instructions on how to schedule another exam. 

CMA Exam Fees and Refund Policy

  • Reactivate CMA Certification via Examination:  $73
  • Only credit card payments accepted.  Fees submitted as part of the application process are not refundable, per ORS 678.410(2).  Be certain that you intend to complete the process before submitting your payment.  If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, or there is an error in your payment, please e-mail the OSBN office at  oregon.bn.info@osbn.oregon.gov.

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If your Oregon nursing license has been expired for 31 days or more and was encumbered with discipline at the time it expired, you may apply for reinstatement​ if you meet the practice hour requirement. 

If you cannot meet the practice hour requirement, you need to apply for reinstatement and be approved by the Board prior to completing a nurse re-entry program and having your license issued.
For more information, please contact the OSBN office at oregon.bn.info@osbn.oregon.gov

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