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Last update: December 15, 2014. 

Nurse License Cards or Professional Identification Cards (PICs), issued by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), are proof that a nurse is duly licensed, registered and identified professional by the Board of Nursing to practice nursing in the Philippines. These licenses are issued after successfully passing the Nurse Licensure Examination and need to be renewed every three (3) years on your birth date.

PRC licenses can be renewed at the main and regional offices of the PRC. Recently, the PRC has opened renewal centers in select Business Service Centers of SM Malls which are virtually faster and more convenient.

In this post, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide including some frequently asked questions on how to renew your PRC licenses.

Requirements

The following are the requirements to renew PRC license:

  • PRC renewal form. Properly accomplish the form which can be downloaded here. These are also available at the PRC offices. Some critically important info needed are:
    • License No
    • Exam Date
    • Registration Date
    • Expiration Date
  • Two (2) Passport size photos. Photo should be a close-up shot, colored, in white background with complete name tag.
  • Photocopy of recent PRC license card. Back to back photocopy of your most recent professional ID card.
  • Old PRC license card. Bring your old PRC license card for verification. If yours is lost, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section.
  • Attire with collar. Please wear an attire with collars on. The passport size photos above are just for PRC’s backup. They would still take your photo using their own cameras.

Fees

Prescribed fees are to be paid for renewal, they are as follows:

At PRC Offices

  • Renewal fee of 450 pesos.
  • Express mail fee of 80 pesos. If you want to have your license mailed to your address, avail this service.

At SM Malls

  • If renewing at SM Malls, an addition Php 50 fee is to be paid for convenience fee.

Procedure

At PRC Offices

  1. Present duly accomplished form together with the needed requirement at the Assessment Windows 17, 18 and 30.
  2. Pay the prescribed fees to the Cashier at windows 33, 34, and 35.
  3. Get your claim slip at window 17, 18 and 30.
  4. Claim your professional license as scheduled in your claim stub. You can also have it mailed to you by availing the courier service.

At SM Malls

  1. Go to any Business Service Centers of SM Malls.
  2. Submit the duly accomplished PRC renewal form.
  3. Present your documents.
  4. Pay the prescribed fees.
  5. Claim your license as scheduled in your claim stub.

SM Renewal Centers 

SM PRC ID Renewal Centers are open during mall hours seven days  a week. Currently, these renewal centers are located at:

  • SM Mall of Asia
  • SM Novaliches
  • SM Marikina
  • SM Masinag
  • SM Manila
  • SM Quiapo
  • SM Harrison Plaza
  • SM Sta. Mesa
  • SM Sucat
  • SM Mall Bacoor
  • SM Mall Dasmarinas
  • SM Mall Calamba
  • SM Mall Lipa City
  • SM City Pampanga
  • SM City Clark

You can also check you local SM Mall’s Business Service Center.

Frequently Asked Questions

These are the frequently asked questions. Be sure to read them before hitting the comments section for your inquiry.

1. I’ve lost my PRC License ID. What to do?
PRC requires you to submit a notarized affidavit of loss together with the requirements above.

2. I’m past my expiration date! Can I still renew?

Of course, but a penalty fee of 20 pesos per month past the expiration date is due to be paid. If your license is expired for more than five (5) consecutive years, a refresher course is needed. Here’s an excerpt of the article from RA 9173:

Article V, Section 26.
“Requirement for Inactive Nurses Returning to Practice. – Nurses who have not actively practiced the profession for five (5) consecutive years are required to undergo one (1) month of didactic training and three (3) months of practicum. The Board shall accredit hospitals to conduct the said training program.”

3. My PRC License was destroyed/damaged.

For destroyed or badly damaged ID cards, PRC requires you to surrender it then follow the same procedure above.

4. Are CPE units still required?

Yes…(pst! Actually no. It’s not strictly implemented.)

5. How long will I have to wait for it to arrive?

Around 20 working days at SM Business Centers. Same day or around two (2) hours at PRC main and regional offices.

6. Can I have someone claim my renewed ID?

Yes. An authorization letter, your claim stub and valid IDs for your representative are needed. To avoid the troubles of going back, have it mailed directly to your residence.

7. I’m abroad and would want to renew my license.

You can renew your license at the Philippine Embassy or have a representative in the Philippines do it for your. All they have to do is follow the procedure above and present a Special Power of Attorney and a valid identification of the professional and representative.

8. Can I renew even before the expiration date/birth date?

You can start renewing your license three (3) months before your expiration date.

9. My question is not answed. What to do?

Please contact PRC via the following numbers: +632 314-0013, +632 735-1537, +632 734-0383, +632 735-4476 (Fax). You can also submit your questions at the comments section below.

119 COMMENTS

  1. Hi. I just wanna push my luck and ask if you know kung sa change of name/status requirements possible if yung photocopy lang ng nso marriage certificate yung meron ako? i plan on going to prc manila kasi bukas tapos kanina ko lang chineck requirements, i thought i still have the original copy.. Although i have the certified true copy of our marriage contract… Pwede ba nilang tanggapin yon?

  2. Google brought me here because I have questions and I got all the answers after reading the article. It’s funny to know that some professionals go directly to the comment section after reading the title only and not the whole article. In fact, 99.99% (parang germs lang..hehe) of the questions in the comment section were already answered by the article.

  3. hello there. nagrenew ako sa SM Fairvew ng PRC ko. Expired na last november 23 and to my surprise, ang binayaran ko ay umabot ng 680? how did this happen? I’m aware that 450.00 PRC fee + 50.00 for processng then 20 pesos for each month na penalty. akala ko ba 20 pesos lang per month na hindi nakapagregister?

  4. hej sir matt….my prc licence card lost during a robbery incident a year ago..but i just discovered it some time ago…the licence just expired and i want to renew it and have a new card..the thing is, i cant remember the details such as the licence no.,the exact date of registration…the expiration date is my birthday right sir?.(stupidity on my part but the last time i saw it was 3 years ago and i cant really remember it sir..)another thing is Ive been living abroad for almost 3 years now so I am relying information on internet and on the details my sister have been telling me..my questions are..Can I still renew my licence?..Can I ask the information I needed on prc sir?.. they must have database on those info right?..thank you and hoping a reply from you soon..

    • Hello,

      Sure you can still renew your license. But first you need to file an affidavit of loss to the PRC. I’m pretty sure they have you on their database. You’ll probably need a few more requirements to verify that that was you. If you have more questions, please do contact PRC: (632) 3100026.
      And once you have claimed your new license, my tip for you is to take a picture of it for keeps. :)

  5. Hi! I would like to ask if PRC will renew my license even if it will expire in September? The thing is, I’ll be leaving the country this March and I’m hoping I could have it renewed before I go. Thanks a bunch! God bless.

  6. Hello Sir, I will be renewing my license as an ECE this month. Would you know please what are the requirements for change of name? (this is not due to marriage).On the registration and on my ID I was using my second name before and now i wanted to have it corrected using my full name (first and second)..Thank you

    • Same question with her. I got my license on November 30, 2009. Someone stole my bag where my PRC ID was placed, in 2011. I haven’t renewed my PRC license yet, until now. Do I still need to take the refresher course?

  7. Is it okay to renew my license 7 months earlier? I am applying to foreign country and I need mine to be authenticated by DFA red ribbon.. Can I rush the process so that I can receive my license right then? Thank you for your quick response! Godbless us all!

  8. Hi, I have something to ask. I got my license 2 years ago and I never got the chance to use it because I’m not teaching at the moment. When I was opening an account in a certain bank, I used this license as one of the reqs. And I was shocked when the teller said, the birth date isn’t the same. I actually didn’t know that. Instead of 6/28/89, it’s 1/28/89. What should I do? I need help. :(

  9. Hi there guys,

    I really need your help on this.

    I passed the board exams last December 2011, but have not taken the time to claim my PRC license because I have been busy at work for the past 3 years, it has already expired around my birthday this year which was around January.

    My question is: Do i need to go directly to the PRC Office to process my license, then renew it? Or do I proceed at the SM Service center, and just process a renewed license, plus additional fees there might be to have my license processed?

    Please answer, thank you very much! God bless!

  10. Hi! Have a question… my license is expired and i will also change my name coz im already married. Do i need to fill up 2 forms? The renewal form and the petition for change of name? Thanks…

  11. I have been living abroad since 1985 and my license has been expired since 1991….being just a stay home mom is probably the reason why I neglected renewing my license for a very long time…..I am still abroad and I am planning to visit home and t plan to renew my license….is there an exemption for taking the refresher course and can I still renew?. Thanks.

  12. Hi. I want to know if is it possible to renew my license now if it is still valid for 1 year. Because i will stay abroad for 2 years, i want to keep it valid until i will come back here in our country.thanks. Hope you can help me out. :-)

  13. Hi! I would like to ask if you have idea about the board certificate. I ask for a reprint last 2012 sunce i lost mine,it just arrived last monday and when they release it here in Iloilo the Prc manila printed a wrong Date of Registration,so the Prc iloilo recommend me to return it to manila so i ask if i can personally bring it they say it is ok..my question is if i would request them to reprint since it is their fault since in the data base my date are correct can i get it immediately? I badly need it since i will be leaving the country again. Thank you

  14. Hi there, my PRC ID will be expired next year so its good to hear that there is an easy way for us to renew the ID. Does anyone here tried renewing their PRC at SM North EDSA? which is closer to me. or SM Cubao? these malls are not included in the options. Thanks and Godbless

  15. Good day! I have already filed for the renewal of my license at sm dasma ast may 25, 2014. My friend followed up my application and the person-on-desk told her, that my license will be released in august. My license will expire on july 26, 2014. What shall I do? I really need my license. Can i just file again at prc?

  16. Hi! Would like to ask if PRC’s Fast ID System is still ongoing? I am currently on vacation right now and I just want to take the chance to renew my license (nurse). Thank you in advance :)

  17. With regards to FAQ 2 , Article states that if you have not actively practiced profession for 5 years you need a refresher course. What if we can prove that we have actively practiced our profession as a Registered Nurse overseas during that 5 years, does this rule still apply to us as well? Please give some clarification since most overseas Board of Nursing allow us to re enter the registration as long as we have practiced nursing in their country or overseas with certain amount of hours during the last five years since our registration expired.
    Thanks.

  18. Regarding FAQ 2, if PRC license expired 5 years ago we will need to do refresher course to allow us to return to practise. Would that still be the case even if we can prove that we have been practising continuously overseas as a registered nurse during that five years?

  19. In the article indicated for nurses, they must take a refresher if their license is more than 5 years, is it applicable also to CIVIL ENGINEERs license that are more than 5 years?

  20. Hi.. My PRC ID was lost and expired for a year. What are the requirements for the renewal? Do i still need to have an affidavit of loss since its already been 1 year expired and also how do I get my license number since its one of the important information needed which i forgot. Please enlighten me.. Thanks!

  21. Hi.
    Just wanted to do a follow up question regarding the renewal of prc license before the birthday. Can you tell me how many days, weeks or month I can renew my license because I’ll be leaving the country exactly on my birthday so, I was wondering how I can get it renewed. Please and thank you for your answer.

  22. SIR, NAGRENEW KC AKO SA SM LIPA APRIL 21, 2014 e napadaan ako sa PRC last 2 weeks e sabi sakin dun e nadeliver na daw yung PRC ID ko. e pag check ko sa SM lipa e wala pa din. halos 2 weeks ko ng finofollow up.. pa check nmn sir kc need ko na tlga…

    • By duplicate copy you mean those tiny keychain-like licenses? If yes, those can be made just outside the PRC offices. Those are not official licenses though.

      As for a duplicate of the official license, I think that’s not possible.

  23. Hi! My elder sister is a nurse and she wanted me to renew her license that was expired last October 2010. What are the requirements for me to prove that I can renew her license? Will I still issue a power of attorney or an authorization letter from my sister?

    • 2. I’m past my expiration date! Can I still renew?

      Of course, but a penalty fee of 20 pesos per month past the expiration date is due to be paid. If your license is expired for more than five (5) consecutive years, a refresher course is needed. Here’s an excerpt of the article from RA 9173:

      Article V, Section 26.
      “Requirement for Inactive Nurses Returning to Practice. – Nurses who have not actively practiced the profession for five (5) consecutive years are required to undergo one (1) month of didactic training and three (3) months of practicum. The Board shall accredit hospitals to conduct the said training program.”

  24. Hi, my husband lost his prc id years ago, are the requirements the same if he will get a new one? I called prc and was told ( probably by the operator) to bring only a passport pic, auth letter since i will process it for him and payment. Processing will take 10 days.. is this true? Im trying to call again but no one is answering. thank you!

    • If you really need it on you daily business, all you can do is to replace it for you to have a new one.
      Bcoz it’s in the policy of renewal the “you can renew your licence in advance only three (3) months before your expiration date”. Hence your license will expire on November 2014(6mos), which is far long from the 3mos. required, so you can’t renew it yet.

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