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Reinstatement of a Lapsed RN License (8-Year Renewal/Retake)

Applicants for reinstatement must have once held a permanent license in California that has been lapsed (expired) 8 years or longer. The two methods of reinstatement are as follows:

  • Applicants who presently hold a current and active registered nurse license in another state, U.S. Territory, or Canada may apply as an 8-Year Renewal.
  • Applicants that DO NOT hold a current and active registered nurse license in another state, U.S. Territory, or Canada are required to retake the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and must apply as an 8-Year Retake.

All 8-Year Retake Applicants Must Provide the Following:

  • Appropriate Fees.
  • Completed Application for Licensure by Examination including a U.S. social security number.
  • Completed fingerprints using either the Live Scan Process or the Applicant Fingerprint Card (Hard Card) processing method as directed in the "Instructions for Submitting Fingerprint Cards". Submit the appropriate nonrefundable TOTAL FEE as directed on the Application Fee Schedule.

    NOTE: Application does not include fingerprint cards or live scan form. Fingerprint cards and livescan forms may be requested on the Requests page.
  • One recent 2" x 2" passport-type photograph.
  • Completed Request for Accommodation of Disabilities form(s), if applicable.
  • If applicable, documents and/or letters explaining prior convictions or disciplinary action and attesting to your rehabilitation as directed in Section II of the General Information and Instructions.

    CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS WITH CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS OR DISCIPLINE