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California Board of Nursing License Renewal Requirements for Nurses

What are the state license renewal requirements for a nurse in California?

For registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and advanced practice registered nurses in the state of California, there are specific license renewal requirements that the California Board of Nursing determines. These requirements include courses for RNs, LPNs and APRNs.

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CE Requirements for Nursing Licenses

Every two years, the California Nursing Board requires nurses to complete the following continuing education contact hours to comply with licensing requirements:

  • 30 contact hours for RN license renewal
  • 30 contact hours for LPN license renewal
  • 30 contact hours for APRN license renewal

License Expiration and Renewal

Registered Nurse Licenses:

Initial California RN licenses are issued for two birthdays - not two years - and will expire the last day of the month following your birth date. From that date on, it will expire every two years, if renewed timely.


Licensed Practical Nurse Licenses:

Initial California LPN licenses are issued for two birthdays - not two years - and will expire the last day of the month following your birth date. From that date on, it will expire every two years, if renewed timely.


Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Licenses:

Initial California APRN licenses are issued for two birthdays - not two years - and will expire the last day of the month following your birth date. From that date on, it will expire every two years, if renewed timely.


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Wild Iris Medical Education, Inc., is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). Provider #P0314.

Wild Iris Medical Education, Inc., is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #12300.

California nursing license renewal information as of September 2019.

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