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Current Information Regarding Applications

ALERT: Please refer to our new Processing Times page to determine when your application will be processed.

Online Exam Application:

The Board of Registered Nursing’s Application for Licensure by Examination is now online! Click here for detailed information on how to apply and pay your application fees online, or go directly to BreEZe to begin filling out your application and pay your fees.

NCLEX-RN Results:

Please refer to Processing Times for current timeframes.


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 4 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 Registered Nurse 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

New ID policy for candidate admission to Pearson VUE test centers beginning June 16, 2014

Acceptable Forms of Identification
The only acceptable forms of identification for test centers within the U.S. are:

  • Passport books and cards
  • Driver’s license
  • Provincial/Territorial or state identification card
  • Permanent residence card
  • Military identification card

The only identifications acceptable for test centers outside of the U.S. are:

  • Passport books and cards

Temporary identification (examples include limited term IDs and any ID reading “temp” or “temporary”) is only acceptable if it meets the required elements stated below.

All forms of identification listed above must be valid (non-expired) government-issued identification containing the following information:

  • Name (in Roman characters)
  • Photograph
  • Signature

Changes in disclosure requirement for reported violations:

Prior to April 22, 2014, all fine, infractions or traffic violations over $300 had to be reported to the Board as part of the licensure process. As of April 22, 2014, the violation reporting dollar amount has been changed from $300 to $1000. Any fine, infraction or traffic violation (not involving alcohol, dangerous drugs, or a controlled substance) over $1,000 must be reported.

The specific reporting requirement states:
“Applicants are required under law to report all misdemeanor and felony convictions. "Driving under the influence" convictions must be reported. Convictions must be reported even if they have been adjudicated, dismissed or expunged or even if a court ordered diversion program has been completed under the Penal Code or under Article 5 of the Vehicle Code. Also, all disciplinary action against an applicant's registered nurse, practical nurse, vocational nurse or other health care related license or certificate must be reported. Also any fine, infraction, or traffic violation over $1,000.00 must be reported.”

Please see the application instructions for additional information on reporting violations on your application.

Pearson VUE Address Issue:

The Board of Registered Nursing is aware that, for some candidates, the country of “Burkina Faso” is showing up at Pearson VUE (as well as an incorrect prefix in the telephone number).

For some candidates, when the record is uploaded at Pearson VUE, the country of Burkina Faso shows up. (This is a glitch in the new system, and is in the process of being resolved.)

You need not worry about this glitch. The Address of Record is correct in our Board’s database system. The Burkina Faso information will not prevent you from receiving your Authorization to Test (ATT) and it will not prevent you from attending the NCLEX-RN exam at Pearson VUE.

When exam results are submitted by Pearson VUE to our Board, the candidate’s Address of Record (which is correct at our Board) is used for communication with the candidate.

Current Information Regarding License Renewals

ALERT: For assistance renewing your license online, please see our step-by-step online renewal instructions or BreEZe video tutorials. Please refer to Processing Times for current timeframes.

Changes in disclosure requirement for reported violations:

On April 22, 2014, amendments to section 1419(c) of title 16 of the California Code of Regulations became effective. As a condition of renewal, an applicant must disclose whether he or she has been convicted of any violation of law since the last renewal of his or her license, omitting traffic infractions under $300 not involving alcohol, dangerous drugs, or a controlled substance. This action amends the minimum reporting level for traffic infractions to $1,000. Additional information regarding the reporting requirement can be found at www.rn.ca.gov/pdfs/regulations/approval1419.pdf.

Attention Renewal Applicants:

Please read the instructions carefully when completing your Renewal Notice as the format has recently changed. ALL questions must be answered by checking the appropriate boxes. If we receive an incomplete Renewal Notice, your payment will be processed but your license will NOT be renewed.

CURES $12 Renewal Fee Added To Nurse Practitioner Furnishing (NPF) & Nurse Midwife Furnishing (NMF) Renewals:

Pursuant to Business & Professions Code Secton 208, beginning April 1, 2014, a fee of $6 shall be assessed annually ($12 per renewal period) on NPF and NMF licensees to pay for reasonable costs associated with the operating and maintaining of CURES.

Active or Inactive Status:

The online renewal asks the question “Are you renewing your license to active status?”

  • If you wish to renew to Active status you should answer this question “YES”.
  • If you wish to renew Inactive status you should answer this question “NO”.

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 form and fax, e-mail, or mail to the Board. The Board makes every effort to process these requests immediately. The most efficient method of submission of this form is via fax.

  • Fax: (916) 574-7699
  • Email: Renewals.BRN@dca.ca.gov
  • Mailing Address:
    Board of Registered Nursing
    Attn: Renewals Unit
    PO Box 944210
    Sacramento, CA 94244-2100

NOTE: A new "Active" card will not be mailed out to you. If you require a new pocket card, see "Duplicate/Replacement Pocket Card License Request" below.

Duplicate/Replacement Pocket Card License Request:

If, upon reactivation of your license, you require a new pocket card with your "Active" status, please complete the Request For Duplicate License form and submit it to the Board via postal mail. There is a $50 fee for a duplicate replacement pocket card.