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.
RN Application Fee: $300.00
RN Application Fee with Interim Permit: $400.00 ($300.00 + $100.00 for permit)
LVN Application Fee: $220.00
LVN Application Fee with Interim Permit: $240.00 ($220.00 + $20.00 for permit)
The state fees are in addition to the NCLEX registration fee itself, which is $200 for US candidates, $350 for international.
All fees are non-refundableFingerprint Fee:
As part of the application process applicants must:
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.
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 an authorization to test.
The permit is valid for 6 months or until your examination results become available. To receive a temporary permit you must first register here: Temporary License Signup.
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.
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