Do I need to renew my license if I am currently unemployed?


An individual is required to have a license if one is providing medical nutrition therapy, either as a volunteer or for a fee, or if one is utilizing one of the protected titles, as defined in the law.

However, if an individual has a license and decides not to renew because he/she is not currently practicing dietetics or nutrition in North Carolina, or is working in a position where he/she is exempt from North Carolina’s licensure law, this individual must notify the NCBDN of his/her status by completing the Inactive Status request form online before his/her license expires on March 31st or by completing the Relinquish request form online to relinquish his/her license. Please log into the NCBDN Gateway to determine your options.

Frequently Asked Questions What nutrition care services can unlicensed assistive personnel provide What can I do with certifications or online programs What areas of nutrition and dietetics require licensure Who can become licensed as a dietitian or nutritionist Who can become licensed as a nutritionist What titles are restricted by the law? How does licensure impact my Registered Dietitian (R.D.) title? What are the penalties for violations of the law? What other states require a license to practice dietetics/nutrition? How often am I required to renew my license? What can happen if I forget to renew my license? Do I need to renew my license if I am currently unemployed? What should I do if I suspect my licensure card was copied, stolen, or is being used fraudulently? What documentation of continuing education is required to maintain a license? Who is eligible for a provisional license? What are the requirements for supervision of persons claiming exemption from licensure? Who is exempt from licensure and regulation by the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition? What can an unlicensed person, who is not otherwise exempt, do in the field of dietetics/nutrition? Is it within the scope of practice for NC LDNs to write diet orders? Do I contact the NCBDN for issues with food service in a prison? Is my license valid for one year from when I first apply and get licensed? What do I need to do if I get married or divorced and my name changes? How do I reactivate or reinstate my license? What are the considerations when providing nutrition care services via Telehealth?