Covid-19 Crisis Update

Like you, the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 and its impact. The Board is committed to maintaining normal operations during these times. Although the office is not open to the public, as of March 24, 2020, the Board remains in full operation. Should you have concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office through the contact information provided on our website.

Temporary Licensing Requirements

The NC Board of Dietetics adopted the following position statement at their April 20, 2020 Board meeting:

Whereas, on April 8, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 130, providing under Section 3(A) the authority  to each professional health care licensure board to waive or modify enforcement of any legal or regulatory constraints that would prevent or impair persons from providing care if they are licensed in states, territories, or the District of Columbia, but are not licensed in NC, the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition (the NCBDN) formally temporarily waives dietetics/nutrition licensure requirements for persons licensed in other states, territories, or the District of Columbia.

The need for this waiver will be reevaluated at the NCBDN’s monthly Board meeting.  At a maximum, this waiver will be effective no longer than the effectiveness of Executive Order 130.

If you have questions regarding the above position, please contact our office at

Renewal Period: Late fee waived through May 31st

Although the on-time renewal period is now closed, licensees whose licenses expired on March 31, 2020 and have not renewed, may still complete the renewal process. Understanding that we all have been impacted in different ways due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Board has decided to waive the additional $75.00 late fee for anyone who renews between April 1st and May 31st 2020. Licensees who do not renew before May 31, 2020 will be Lapsed, but through May 31st licensees may login to the Gateway, and renew at any time.

Temporary Background Check Process

Due to Covid-19, the NCBDN has put in place an optional, temporary solution through CastleBranch Corporation. Licensure applicants may either complete the temporary background check (at the Board's expense) and fulfill the statutorily required fingerprint-based background check at a later date determined by the Board, or, wait until public services are returned to normal and obtain the required fingerprint background check at that point. 

HB357 Ratified

New pathway to Licensure in North Carolina

HB 357 passed and was signed into law by the Governor of North Carolina on June 25, 2018. The new law took effect on July 1, 2018, with the exception of Section 12, which took effect on October 1, 2018. You may read the full text of the bill here. 

New Criminal Background Check Requirement

As of July 1, 2018, per NC General Statute § 90-357.6 and § 143B-966, all applicants for any category of licensure are subject to a criminal background check. This will appear as a checklist item after you submit your application. Instructions for completing the criminal background check process are posted here.