California Occupational License

License Title:
    Nurse, Registered
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Licensing Agency:
     Department of Consumer Affairs
     Board of Registered Nursing

Licensing Agency Contact Information:
     Address: P.O. Box 944210
Sacramento,  CA  94244 - 2100

     Phone Number: (916) 322-3350
     Fax Number: (916) 574-7697

     E-mail Address:
     Internet Address:

License Requirements, Fees, and Examination Information:
Persons practicing nursing in hospitals, private practice, etc., as registered nurses or advanced practice registered nurses.

Fees: Application $150
Fingerprinting: $49
Examination: $200
License: included in application fee.

Examination Frequency: Ongoing, 6 days a week; applicant schedules own test date.

Exam Locations: 22 locations throughout the State.

Experience Requirement: Completion of professional nursing program in approved school of nursing or by additional preparation by licensed vocational nurses or military corpsmen. Call Board for details.

Average Time to Process Application: 8 weeks. (Temporary Licenses or Interim Permits are available while awaiting permanent licensure.)

Renewal Period: Biennially (every second year).

Special License Requirements: N/A

Comments: N/A

Authority: Business and Professions Code, Section 2736, et seq.
California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Section 1400, et seq.
Occupations To Which This License Applies:
Occupation TitleSOC Code
Registered Nurses291141