Learn How to Obtain a California Nursing License

License by Endorsement

ASSOCIATED FEES

Application

$100

Temporary License

$50

Fingerprint Card

$49

License Renewal

Link to Online Renewal

 

ASSOCIATED FEES

PROCESS

Timely

$160

Active within 72 hours if license is renewed online

Delinquent (Over 8 Years)

$235

6-8 Weeks

Temporary License Processing

It takes approximately 2 months to receive a temporary license in California and the license will last for up to 6 months (must not have any prior convictions or disciplinary action to obtain). All documents must be received before application can be considered. 

NECESSARY DOCUMENTS

TEMPORARY

PERMANENT

Completed Application

Yes

Yes

2×2 Photo

Yes

Yes

Verification/Copy of Current License

Yes

Yes

Completed Fingerprint Card

Yes

Yes

Transcripts – Sent directly from nursing school

No

Yes

Temporary licenses are only issued while required documents are being processed. There are additional steps that must be completed to receive a permanent license.

Additional Information

  • Renewals can be completed online if the license has expired within the last 8 years.
  • Nurse must provide proof of 30 hours of Continued Education (CE) taken every 2 years.
  • Must apply for reinstatement instead of renewal if license is expired over 8 years.
  • Background checks are required for those who have not been previously fingerprinted after 03/01/2009.

Check for proper mailing address when sending in applications as it may differ from the physical address provided.

Contact Information & Mailing Address

California State Board of Nursing
1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 150
Sacramento, CA  95834

Phone:  916-322-3350

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