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.