Important Information for Applicants


Transcripts should not be submitted prior to graduation. If you have submitted your Transcript Request Form to your school of nursing, they will mail the final transcript with the degree posted to the Board after graduation.

If you submit your application to the Board prior to graduation, you may receive a letter from the Board indicating that you are missing final transcripts with posted degree. Please do not panic as this is only to let you know that your application has been received and an initial evaluation of your application has been conducted. The Board is aware that the school will submit final transcripts with posted degree after graduation.

If you have not yet graduated or have graduated within the past four weeks, you do not need to request additional transcripts be sent from your school of nursing, even if BreEZe indicates your education history is missing.

Required Prerequisites for RN Examination and Endorsement Applicants

California Code of Regulations Section 1426 identifies the prerequisite courses required in addition to a nursing program:

  • Communication skills, six (6) semester or nine (9) quarter units shall include principals of:
    • Oral communication
    • Written communication
    • Group communication
  • Related natural sciences, sixteen (16) semester or twenty-four (24) quarter units shall include:
    • Anatomy with lab
    • Physiology with lab
    • Microbiology with lab
    • Behavioral sciences (Psychology)
    • Social sciences

Important Information for Licensees

Incomplete Renewal

When completing your renewal application, please read the instructions carefully as the format has recently changed. Failure to respond to the continuing education, conviction, or fingerprint compliance questions (or answering "No" to the fingerprint compliance question) on the renewal application will result in an incomplete renewal. Payment will be processed, but the renewal will be delayed until all required information is received by the Board.

Active or Inactive Status

The online renewal asks the following question:

Please select "Yes" or "No" to renew.
For Active Status - Check "Yes"
For Inactive Status - Check "No"
(Please Note: You cannot work if your license status is Inactive)

If you answer this question “No” in error, you will receive an inactive license. If this occurs and you want to change the status of your license back to “Active”, you will need to complete the Inactive to Active License form and email, mail or fax (fax is the most efficient method) to the Board at the number provided. The Board makes every effort to process these requests immediately.

NOTE: A new "Active" card will not be mailed out to you. If you require a new pocket card, please refer to our Duplicate Requests page for ordering instructions.