Temporary Licenses


You may apply for a temporary license at the same time that you apply for licensure by endorsement or at any time prior to the issuance of a registered nursing (RN) license. A temporary license is valid for a period of six months, allowing an applicant to work pending issuance of an RN license. Please visit our Licensure by Endorsement page for application instructions.

If you would like to request a temporary license, you must submit the licensure by endorsement application first and then you will be able to submit the request for temporary license online application through your BreEZe account. Please note that you cannot apply for a temporary license only.

The Board must receive and process fingerprint results from the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) before a temporary license is issued. There may be a delay if the application or fingerprint results indicate a prior conviction(s) or other basis for denial. Please refer to our Processing Times page for current timeframes.

COVID-19 Waiver DCA-21-105

Exercising the authority under Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-39-20, on January 25, 2021, the Director of DCA issued the Order waiving restrictions on RN temporary licenses. The order allows BRN to issue a temporary license to RN applicants that apply for licensure pursuant to BPC section 2732.1(b), between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, if the following conditions are met:

  • The applicant submits an application for licensure pursuant to BPC section 2732.1(b);
  • The applicant submits the applicable fee pursuant to BPC section 2732.1(c);
  • The applicant has a current and active license or registration as a nurse in another state, district, or territory of the United States, or Canada, that has, in the Board’s opinion, requirements for licensing or registration equal to or higher than those in California at the time the application is filed with the Board;
  • The applicant passed an examination for the license or registration that is, in the Board’s opinion, comparable to the Board’s examination; and,
  • The application is not subject to denial pursuant to BPC section 480.