Today, we’re going to be talking about revocations and how you can reapply for licensure if there is a revocation on your professional license in the state of North Carolina.
Let’s say you have a recommendation from a state agency or licensing board within the state of North Carolina that says, “Hey, we recommend that your license be revoked.” That’s their recommendation. That’s what they want to stick with. Obviously, it doesn’t make any sense to just say, “Okay, well, we’ll go with your recommendation. I’ll give up my license.” In most cases, that doesn’t make sense. Some cases it would.
So you decide to go ahead, have a hearing. Unfortunately, the hearing doesn’t go your way. At that point, the Board, or if it’s gone through the Office of Administrative Hearings, the administrative law judge will come back and say, “We’re going to do a revocation on the professional license.”
The revocation is not in perpetuity; it’s not indefinite. It is going to be four or five years. At the conclusion of the five-year timeframe, the licensee can apply for reinstatement of their license. There’s going to have to be, during that five-year period, some mitigating evidence presented to the Board or State Agency when the application comes through for reinstatement, showing that, “Hey, the problems that I had in the past, this is what I’ve done to correct those. This is what I’ve done in the last five years to show that I’m not going to be an issue again anymore, and I would like to have my license back.” Most likely you’re going to be looking for something on probationary-type status or something along those lines.
But the quick answer to the question of, “If my license is revoked, can I get it back?” The answer to that is YES. Technically, you could get it back after the conclusion of the five-year revocation, upon the licensing entity issuing your license back to you after you apply for reinstatement.