|(a) Renewal of license. (1) Upon renewal of the license, the licensee shall sign a statement attesting that the CE or approved national nursing certification requirements have been met. (2) The contact hours must have been completed in the biennium immediately preceding the license renewal. CE contact hours from a previous renewal period will not be accepted. Additional contact hours earned may not be used for subsequent renewal periods. (b) Persons licensed by examination. A candidate licensed by examination shall be exempt from the CE or approved national nursing certification requirement for issuance of the initial license and for the immediate renewal period following licensure. (c) Persons licensed by endorsement. An applicant licensed by endorsement shall be exempt from the CE or approved national nursing certification requirement for the issuance of the initial Texas license and for the immediate renewal period following initial Texas licensure. (d) Delinquent license. (1) A license that has been delinquent for less than four years may be renewed by the licensee showing evidence of having completed 20 contact hours of acceptable continuing education or an approved national nursing certification within two years immediately preceding the application for relicensure and by meeting all other board requirements. A licensee shall be exempt from the continuing education requirement for the immediate renewal period following renewal of the delinquent license. (2) A license that has been delinquent for four or more years may be renewed upon completion of requirements listed in §217.6 of this title (relating to Failure to Renew License). (e) Reactivation of a license. (1) A license that has been inactive for less than four years may be reactivated by the licensee submitting verification of having completed at least 20 contact hours of continuing education or a current approved national nursing certification in their current or prior area of practice within the past two years immediately prior to application for reactivation. (2) A license that has been inactive for four or more years may be reactivated upon completion of requirements in §217.9 of this title (relating to Inactive Status). (f) Reinstatement of a license. A licensee whose license has been revoked and subsequently applies for reinstatement must show evidence that the continuing competency requirement and other board requirements have been met prior to reinstatement of the license by the board.