Information for the License:

Nurse, Registered

Licensing Agency:

Agency or Department Name:  Department of Consumer Affairs
Board or Council Name:  Board of Registered Nursing
Division Name:
Telephone:  (916) 322-3350
Agency Web Address:

License Description:
     (Always confirm this information with the licensing agency.)

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.