Both the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) and Health Officer (HO) licenses are annual licenses and expire on December 31 of each year. Licenses may be renewed upon payment of a renewal fee and upon submission of evidence of completing continuing education credit hours. Only courses which are sponsored by a Provider Organization approved by this Department will be recognized. Recognized courses can be found at the New Jersey Learning Management Network. Participation in meetings of the New Jersey Environmental Health Association and in meetings of the New Jersey Health Officers Association will also provide credits.
Each REHS or HO may renew their licenses as either an active or an inactive license. However, those individuals who are employed by a local health agency that is recognized by this Department must renew as active in order to perform under the color of their license.
Active licenses shall be issued to those individuals who have successfully acquired at least 15 contact hours of approved continuing education. An inactive license shall he issued to those individuals who have not acquired the requisite 15 contact hours of approved continuing education.
Beginning each October, it is time to renew Health Officer and Registered Environmental Health Specialist licenses. Changes have been made in the renewal process. Beginning October 1, 2012 License Renewal forms will be available online for completion. Active License holders must have completed the continuing education requirements of 15 CEs in order to access the renewal form. The renewal form can only be accessed via NJLMN.
The license renewal period is from October 1 through November 30, 2012. The license renewal fee remains at $50 per license renewed. The late fee (applied for forms received with a post mark after November 30, 2012) is an additional $25.
Be advised that due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy and her aftermath, the Health Officer and Registered Environmental Health Specialist license renewal period has been extended until December 31, 2012. Renewals will be considered "late" and associated fees will become effective on January 1, 2013.
Active license holders must have completed the continuing education requirements of 15 CEs, while inactive license holders are not required to complete continuing education credits. To access the online renewal form, log in on NJLMN.
All License holders seeking to renew their license must complete the online renewal form and mail it to the Office of Local Public Health with the required fees. Mail completed renewals with payment to: NJ Department of Health, Office of Local Public Health, License Renewal, PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360.
Checks, Money Orders and Governmental Vouchers are all accepted forms of payment. Please make these items payable to Treasurer, State of New Jersey.
NOTE: 2012 is the LAST year that the Department of Health will be outreaching licensees via US Mail to remind them to renew. In future, the Department will be posting a notice to our website and sending a blast email notice. Please be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s renewal timeframe and be certain to maintain an active an updated email address.
Processing of renewal forms takes approximately 4 business weeks from the time of receipt of a completed application with appropriate payment. You should receive your renewed license by December 1, 2012.
Questions can be directed to the Office of Local Public Health at 609-292-4993.