NCLEX Forms for California

Note: In the state of California RNs and LVNs (Licensed Vocational Nurses) are managed by separate boards.

RN practice is regulated by the Board of Registered Nursing.

LVN practice is regulated by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. Their rules and regulations are different.

Application for Licensure by Examination

RN Application: http://www.rn.ca.gov/pdfs/applicants/exam-app.pdf

LVN Application: LVN who have graduated from a California-approved school of Vocational Nursing, must contact their program director to obtain application forms and instructions.

Fees

RN Application Fee: $150.00 (Payable to CBRN)
RN Application Fee with Interim Permit: $200.00 ($150.00 + $50.00 for permit)
Fingerprint Card: $49.00

LVN: $150.00 (Payable to LSBPNE)
LVN Application Fee with Interim Permit: $290.00 ($150.00 + $40.00 for permit)

All fees are non-refundable.

Highlights:

  • Both RN and LVN licensure application forms for the state of California must be submitted on paper.
  • Fingerprints and criminal background checks are required for both RN and LVN candidates.
  • Applicants are required under law to report all misdemeanor and felony convictions. "Driving under the influence" convictions must be reported. Convictions must be reported even if they have been adjudicated, dismissed or expunged. Failure to report prior convictions or disciplinary action is considered falsification of application and is grounds for denial of licensure or revocation of license.
  • Submitting the application for licensure by examination does NOT register you for the exam. Applicants must register and pay separately for the exam by going to: www.pearsonvue.com.

As part of the application process RN applicants must:

  • Register to take the NCLEX-RN. If you submit the application for licensure before registering for the exam, your application process may be delayed.
  • Request an official school transcript. The transcript should be sent by your nursing school directly to the Board.
  • Obtain a recent passport-size photograph (2x2) and affix it to the application.
  • Complete fingerprints using either the Live Scan Process or the Applicant Fingerprint Card (Hard Card)
  • Submit the application along with the necessary fees and all supporting documentation.

As part of the application process LVN applicants must:

  • Register to take the NCLEX-PN. If you submit the application for licensure before registering for the exam, your application process may be delayed.
  • Obtain application form from your school of nursing and complete it. Follow all instructions carefully.
  • Request fingerprinting materials. For LiveScan (electronic) fingerprinting form go here: License Livescan Form. You may also submit a request in writing to the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive Suite 205, Sacramento, CA 95833. Follow all instructions carefully.

Licensing Process
Once you are registered for the NCLEX and the application, fee, criminal background check and supporting documentation have been received, the Board will determine your eligibility to test.

Applicants who are deemed eligible to test will receive an Authorization To Test (ATT) notification directly from the testing service. The ATT letter will include information regarding scheduling the examination. 

When passing examination results are received by the Board a license will be issued.

About Temporary Permits

For RNs
Interim Permits allow graduates of a California-approved school to practice nursing while awaiting NCLEX results. Permits can only be issued after you have received authorization to test.

The permit is valid for 6 months or until your examination results become available.

To obtain an interim permit, check the box at the bottom of the application form and submit the additional $50.00 fee.

For LVNs:
Interim Permits allow graduates of a California-approved school to practice nursing while awaiting NCLEX results. Permits can only be issued after you have received authorization to test.
To receive a permit you must fill out a separate application form. You may obtain this form by sending an email to [email protected] or calling the Board at (916) 263-7800. Ask to speak to an evaluator.

Candidates with Disabilities
The board is not required to provide accommodations that “fundamentally alter the nature of the examination”, but it will grant reasonable accommodation requests.

The application packet contains a Request for Accommodation of Disabilities form that the applicant must fill out. Make sure that all portions are completed. Supplemental documentation from your health care provider and from your nursing program will be required.

The applicant should notify the Board of the request as early in the process as possible.

Need More Information?

Access the site for the California Board of Registered Nursing here: http://www.rn.ca.gov/

Access the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians here:
http://www.bvnpt.ca.gov/education/new_nclex_standard.shtml