Processing Times

Initial evaluation of an application must be completed within 90 days of receipt of application. (16 CCR § 1410.1.) The processing times below are provided as a general guideline. Although the Board makes every effort to stay within these timeframes, applications are individually evaluated, and processing times can vary based on individual circumstances.

Mandatory processing timeframes are identified in the California Code of Regulations. The timeframes shown below reflect the current, average timeframes the Board is working within.

US and International examination and endorsement applications are processed in date order received. California examination applications are processed by entire cohort after graduation date and in date order of transcript received from the California nursing school.

Applicants

California examination applications: are processed as entire cohort after graduation date and in order of the date transcripts are received from the California nursing school. Initial evaluation of an application must be completed within 90 days of receipt of application. (16 CCR § 1410.1.)

If you apply after the cohort applications are processed your application will default to be processed in date order received.

US and International examination applications: are processed in date order received. Initial evaluation of an application must be completed within 90 days of receipt of application. (16 CCR § 1410.1.)

Licensure by Examination: Mandatory Timeframe: Currently Processing Items Received: (Updated 4/13/2021)
California 10-12 Weeks March 1-15, 2021
US 10-12 Weeks March 1-15, 2021
International 10-12 Weeks February 1-15, 2021
Military 1-2 Weeks March 16-31, 2021
Refugees, Asylees, and Holders of SIVs 1-2 Weeks March 16-31, 2021

Reapply/Repeat examination applications: are processed in date order received.

Reapply/Repeat Examination: Mandatory Timeframe: Currently Processing Items Received: (Updated 4/13/2021)
California 10-12 Weeks March 1-15, 2021
US 10-12 Weeks March 16-31, 2021
International 10-12 Weeks February 1-15, 2021
Military 1-2 Weeks March 16-31, 2021
Refugees, Asylees, and Holders of SIVs 1-2 Weeks March 16-31, 2021

Endorsement applications: are processed in date order received. Initial evaluation of an application must be completed within 90 days of receipt of application. (16 CCR § 1410.1.)

Licensure by Endorsement: Mandatory Timeframe: Currently Processing Items Received: (Updated 4/13/2021)
US 10-12 Weeks February 1-15, 2021
International 10-12 Weeks February 1-15, 2021
Military 1-2 Weeks March 16-31, 2021
Refugees, Asylees, and Holders of SIVs 1-2 Weeks March 16-31, 2021

Certification applications: are processed in date order received. If furnishing applications are received with the parent certification application, they will be processed with the associated certification (NP/NPF & NMW/NMF).

Certifications: Target Timeframe: Currently Processing Items Received: (Updated 4/13/2021)
Nurse Practitioner 4 Weeks (Mandatory Timeframe) April 1-15, 2021
Nurse Practitioner Furnishing 4 Weeks (Mandatory Timeframe) April 1-15, 2021
Nurse Midwife 10-12 Weeks April 1-15, 2021
Nurse Midwife Furnishing 10-12 Weeks April 1-15, 2021
Nurse Anesthetist 10-12 Weeks April 1-15, 2021
Clinical Nurse Specialist 10-12 Weeks April 1-15, 2021
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse 10-12 Weeks April 1-15, 2021
Public Health Nurse Certification 4 Weeks (Mandatory Timeframe) April 1-15, 2021
NCLEX-RN Results 2-3 Weeks April 1-15, 2021
    If you requested and paid for an Interim Permit, it will be issued within 24-48 hours after your exam application has been approved. Issued IPs can be verified using License Search and via your BreEZe account home page.
Temporary License 2-3 Weeks March 16-31, 2021

Licensees

Item Requested Target Timeframe Currently Processing Items Received (Updated 4/13/2021)
License & Certificate Renewal Online - Within 72 Hours April 1-15, 2021
By Mail - 6-8 Weeks March 16-31, 2021
8-Year Renewal 4-6 Weeks March 16-31, 2021
Name Change 2-4 Weeks March 16-31, 2021
Inactive to Active Status Online - Within 72 Hours April 1-15, 2021
By Mail - 2-4 Weeks April 1-15, 2021
Duplicate Certificate Online - 1-2 Weeks April 1-15, 2021
By Mail - 2-4 Weeks April 1-15, 2021
Continuing Education Provider Application 8-12 Weeks December 16-31, 2020

Verification of Licensure (Endorsement to Another State or Country): Verifications are processed in date order received. Information for verification requests is gathered from various Board records and systems.

  • Requests for verification of license numbers of 500000 and below must be accessed via the Board’s application records housed on microfilm and will require additional processing time.
  • Requests for verification of license numbers above 500000 are available in electronic format for Board access.
Verifications: Target Timeframe: Currently Processing Items Received: (Updated 4/13/2021)
500000 and below - Microfilm 6-8 Weeks March 1-15, 2021
500000 and above - BreEZe 4-6 Weeks March 1-15, 2021