Reinstatement of a Lapsed License

Before applying for licensure, please familiarize yourself with the general licensing policies.


In order to reinstate a license that has lapsed due to nonrenewal, an applicant must arrange for the submission of the following:


Applications are only accepted online.  In order to submit your reinstatement application online, you will need to know your current user ID and password in DPH's system.  If you do not recall your user ID and password, you can use the recovery options as well as the 'Register' link.  If you use the 'Register' link, please disregard the language under 'PLEASE READ' and select 'NEXT' button at the bottom of the page.  On the next screen, you will need to match your first name, last name and the last 4 digits of your SSN and create a new password and validate your email address.  Once you are logged in, select 'Reinstatement Application' at the bottom left corner of the screen.  Please select this link to submit your online application.


A brief written summary of the applicant's professional activities since graduation from nursing school, including work history (positions, dates, duties), any lapses in active practice as a nurse, and if not currently practicing as a nurse, an explanation of your plans for employment and describe how you intend to refresh your nursing skills; and


A letter submitted directly to this office from the appropriate authority verifying your most recent nursing experience confirming your employment, dates and evaluation of clinical performance. 


Please note that all reinstatement applications from nurses who have been out of the active, clinical practice of nursing for longer than three years and less than five years are required to complete an approved refresher course. 


Applicants who have been out of practice longer than five years are required to complete an approved refresher course and successfully complete the NCLEX-RN examination;


Verification of all RN licenses held, current or expired.  Most states utilize the the National Council of State Boards of Nursing's Nursys System to verify licenses electronically. The purpose of the verification is to document license history including any disciplinary action taken.  Please select this link for a list of Nursys participating states. You may register for verifications from Nursys participating states online.


If you are licensed in a state that does not participate in Nursys, please send the verification form to the state and request that a written verification be sent to this office.  Most jurisdictions charge a fee for this service.  Please contact the jurisdiction for fee information.  


Temporary Permit


Applicants for reinstatement who hold a current, valid registered nurse license in another U.S. state or territory are eligible for a 120-day non-renewable temporary permit to practice nursing in Connecticut pending licensure reinstatement.  If you have been out of the active clinical practice of nursing for a period longer than three years you are not eligible for temporary permit.  Once the completed online application form is received, a temporary permit will be issued within 15 business days.


All supporting documentation should be sent directly from the source to:


Connecticut Department of Public Health

RN Licensure

410 Capitol Ave., MS# 12 APP

P.O. Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Phone:  (860) 509-7603

Fax:  (860) 707-1981