Learn How to Obtain a California Nursing License
License by Endorsement
Active within 72 hours if license is renewed online
Delinquent (Over 8 Years)
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.
Verification/Copy of Current License
Completed Fingerprint Card
Transcripts – Sent directly from nursing school
Temporary licenses are only issued while required documents are being processed. There are additional steps that must be completed to receive a permanent license.
- 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