I went Inactive (or Relinquished) and now I need an NC license again. What do I need to do?


  • If you have previously submitted a request to go “Inactive” and wish to reactivate your license, you must follow the Reactivation process by logging into the NCBDN Gateway and selecting the appropriate choice under your “Options.”
  • If you previously “Relinquished” your license, and wish to “Reinstate” your license, please login to the NCBDN Gateway and select the appropriate choice under your “Options.” Ensure, in response to the legal questions, that you indicate you have held a NC license before (as well as any other state licenses you may have).
  • If you are Lapsed, please register and login to the NCBDN Gateway to view your choices for Reinstatement.

If you are unsure of your current status, click on the tab above called “Online License Verification” and look up your current status using as little as your first or last name. If you have specific questions, please contact the Board office at info@ncbdn.org or 919-388-1931.

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