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CA Emergency License Expiration

If you applied for a California Emergency License in 2020, the expiration has been extended to June 30, 2022. If you are planning to work in California for more than 6 months after the expiration, it is important that you apply for both the California Temporary License and the California Permanent License.  

When applying for the temporary license, there is a 30–45 day window before it can take effect and your permanent license will take up to 6 months to become active. The earlier you can apply, the better, but if you find yourself close to the expiration, the temporary license is essential to keep you licensed while you wait in that 6-month grace period for your permanent license.  

What do you need to apply? 

There are a few documents to get in order as you apply for either your temporary or permanent license. Here is a list of important items to have handy:  

  • US Social Security Number 
  • A 2” x2” passport-type photograph of yourself 
  • A completed fingerprint card (hard copy or second copy of live scan)  
  • Nursing School Transcripts 
  • All other current state licenses 

All of these steps are necessary to ensure your work eligibility after June 30, 2022. Your recruiter is a great asset to help with any questions you have or any problems you may run into throughout the process.  


All California Emergency Licenses will expire on June 30, 2022. If you plan to continue working in California, you must apply for a temporary and permanent license as soon as possible. All step-by-step instructions can be found here.  

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