The State of Illinois requires nurses to renew their license every two years. The State of Illinois does not require any further education to renew a license. Illinois has a few options for renewing a license. Nurses can renew over the phone however if the license is expired, the phone option is not available. An internet renewal is another option. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has an internet renewal option on its website. The internet renewal requires an active license. The last option is renewal by mail. With this option, the application form is printed from the website or is received through the mail, filled out and sent back to the address on the application form. Illinois requires a renewal cost for the new license. While the initial cost of a nursing license is $64.00, the renewal cost for a two (2) year license is $40.00, as of 2010. Online and phone renewals require payment by credit or debit card.