Reactivate Inactive License

An APRN may request reactivation of a license that was voluntarily placed on Inactive Status. 

Complete and submit the APRN Reactivation Application


  • You must hold an active South Dakota RN license or an active multi-state compact RN license. 
    • South Dakota belongs to the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). 
      • If you are declaring South Dakota as your primary state of residence and if you were originally licensed as an RN in South Dakota prior to July 2006 - you must complete a Criminal Background Check (CBC).  All NLC states require applicants to complete a CBC to be issued a multistate license at the time of initial nurse licensure. If you were originally licensed in South Dakota prior to July 2006, you did not complete a CBC and are required to complete the CBCEmail the Board office or call 605-362-2760 to request a CBC packet be mailed to you.
    • If you have a multi-state compact license issued by another state, and it is not active, contact that state’s Board of Nursing to complete requirements for reactivate or reinstate your RN license.
  • The application includes the Employment Verification Form, this form must be completed to verify current nursing practice of at least 140 hours in a 12-month period or 480 hours in preceding 6 years.
  • Submit the required fee listed on the application.
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