My nursing license from another state expired, and I never got licensed in my new state. Do I have to go back to school to regain my license?

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Dear Donna,

I am an RN, and I haven’t practiced in 13 years. I moved from Wisconsin to Ohio 5 years ago, did not maintain my license in Wisconsin, and never got licensed in Ohio. Do I have to go back to school to regain my license?


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Laurie,

Because your original license is from Wisconsin, you would need to get that license reinstated first. According to the Wisconsin Department of Regulations & Licensing’s Web site at, you will need to take a refresher course and re-register for your license but wouldn’t need to go back to nursing school. Contact them directly with additional questions.

Once you have had your Wisconsin RN license reinstated, you can apply for a license by endorsement in Ohio. Go to and scroll down to “Nurse Licensure by Exam and Endorsement.”

Best wishes,


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