Ask Nurse Jesse: Retiring RN License

Anonymous Nurse: How do I retire my nursing license?

Nurse Jesse: Per the Ohio Board of Nursing website: “If you no longer intend to practice or work as a nurse in Ohio, your license or certificate can be placed on inactive status through the Ohio eLicense System. It is important to remember that if your license is inactive, you cannot work in Ohio until you apply to reactivate your license. And, if APRNs inactivate their RN license, their APRN license will be automatically inactivated, as well.

To get started, follow the steps below.

Go to

Log into your account.

Click the “Options” link on the appropriate license panel.

Select “ Inactivate License”.

Complete the information and click “Submit”.”

If you have additional questions about your license, you may contact the Ohio Board of Nursing at:


This response is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.