The California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) protects the public by screening applicants for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe practitioners. The BRN may deny applications for permanent licensure, interim permits and temporary licenses if the applicant has been found guilty of dishonesty; fraud or deceit; felony; child abuse; sex offender crimes; acts involving narcotics; dangerous drugs or devices; assault and/or battery; and other crimes.
Applicants who have questions regarding limitations related to licensure should contact the California Board of Registered Nursing (916) 322-3350 or access its website at www.rn.ca.gov. It is the responsibility of the applicant to present sufficient evidence of rehabilitation. Applicants are advised to explore other career opportunities prior to investing substantial time in a nursing program if it appears that a prior serious act or conviction may jeopardize licensure.
The California Board of Registered Nursing is located at 1747 North Market Boulevard, Suite 150 Sacramento, CA 95834. Phone - 916.322.3350
For questions regarding licensure, contact the California Board of Nursing at 916-322-3350.
What license is required to practice nursing in California?
All nurses in California must successfully pass the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN®) for Registered Nurses required by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). The BRN is required by law to screen applicants for licensure in order to identify potentially unsafe practitioners.
Do I have to take another licensing examination if I move to another state?
In general, the answer is NO. All states utilize the NCLEX-RN® for licensure. If you move to another state, you should write to the board of nursing in that area and request information about their procedure for licensure by endorsement.
Under what circumstances can the BRN reject an application for examination?
Statutory authority for denial of licensure is set forth in the Business and Professions Code of the State of California. The Board of Registered Nursing requires that all students applying for the NCLEX-RN® be fingerprinted and submit a fingerprint card with the exam application.
The law requires denial of licensure for "crimes or acts which are substantially related to nursing qualifications, functions, or duties." If the BRN determines that the act or crime is substantially related to the practice of nursing, it is the responsibility of the APPLICANT to present sufficient evidence of rehabilitation.