Here are the steps to apply for California licensure by endorsement if you already hold a nursing license in another state.
1. Fill Out an Application
The application for California endorsement may be completed online or in paper form to be mailed to the Board of Nursing (BON). If enough fees are paid (an extra $100), the BON will issue a temporary license while you’re waiting for a permanent license after submitting your application.
If you’re applying online, you’ll need to make an account with California’s BreEZe account. Click here for an overview of what the online application entails.
2. Complete Fingerprints and Payment
Those already in California or close enough to visit a Livescan center in California may opt to complete their fingerprints at a center and pay fees there.
Nurses outside of California can request that fingerprint cards be mailed to them using this link: https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/rn/requests.php. The California Board of Nursing recommends that you bring your fingerprint cards to a law enforcement agency (who may charge a fee) to have them collected using black ink only. You’ll need to mail your fingerprints with a check or money order for $49.00 payable to the Board of Registered Nursing.
3. Submit a 2-Inch by 2-Inch Passport Photo
If you’re filling out the online application, there is an option to attach a photo file to it. If you’re going the paper application route, mail your photo to the Board of Nursing along with your application.
4. Verify Your Nursing License
The Board of Nursing needs to verify that you do indeed have a nursing license in another state if you’re applying for endorsement. Many states use the Nursys verification site, which charges a fee: https://www.nursys.com/NLV/NLVSearch.aspx.
If your state doesn’t participate in Nursys, you’ll need to fill out a license verification form provided by your state’s BON and state that you want verification sent to the California BON.
5. Request Your Transcripts
You’ll need to fill out transcript request forms from the nursing school(s) you attended. Transcripts need to be sent directly from the school to the California BON.
6. Letters or Documents for Discipline or Convictions
If you’ve ever had any criminal convictions or discipline action on your nursing license, you’ll need to send the California BON letters of explanation, and details about rehabilitation.
7. Pay Fees
California charges a $350 application fee, and an additional $100 fee if you’d like to apply for temporary license. If you’re applying online, you’ll have the option to pay your application fee online. If filling out the paper application, you’ll need to mail a check or money order to the Board of Registered Nursing.
California Travel Nurse Jobs
Applying for California nursing license endorsement takes a bit more legwork than many other states, but the rewards are great—you can take your lifesaving abilities to the beautiful Golden State!
Interested in obtaining your California RN license? Click the button below to see the California travel nurse jobs that await! Even if you haven’t yet started the licensure process, contact THS to discuss available opportunities.