Welcome to the Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians

Frequently Asked Questions

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EDUCATION

1. The Board has sent me an audit letter regarding completion of my continuing education (CE). Who do I talk to about this issue?

2. How many hours of continuing education (CE) must I have to renew my license?

3. As a potential VN or PT student, what should I look for in a program to be sure that I receive a quality education?

4. What is the Board's role in approval of vocational nursing and psychiatric technician programs statewide?

5. What is the role of the nursing education consultant in the approval of vocational nursing and psychiatric technician programs?

6. How long does it take to receive the Board's approval to begin a new VN or PT program?

7. Why do faculty and facility approval forms have to be submitted in duplicate as stated on the form?

8. What steps are taken to ensure that programs continue to provide students with quality education?

9. What occurs during a formal survey visit of the program?

10. If I have a question about VN or PT scopes of practice or about nursing education, how can I contact the Board for a response?

ENDORSEMENTS



11. Out-of-State Licensure - I plan to apply to another state for licensure. How do I get copies of my file and verification of licensure sent to that state?

12. Licensure in California by Endorsement - How do I apply for licensure in California?

13. Transcripts - How do I get copies of my transcripts sent to an out-of-state licensing board?

ENFORCEMENT



14. Enforcement - Conviction FAQ

15. Enforcement - Disciplinary Process FAQ

EXAMINATIONS



16. How do I apply or obtain an application for the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) or Psychiatric Technician examination?

17. I sent in my application but haven't heard anything from the Board. Did you receive my application?

18. How do I obtain an interim permit?

19. I have just taken the LVN test. Can you tell me the results? How long before I am mailed my examination results?

20. I already paid $150.00 to the Board. Do I have to pay the NCSBN $200.00 to take the NCLEX-PN also?

21. Does the Board accept examination eligibility information from the Board of Registered Nursing (i.e., interim permits, examination results, etc.)?

22. How many times can I take the NCLEX-PN in a year?

GENERAL



23. Address Changes -- How do I change my address?

24. Name Changes - How do I change my name?

25. Board Members & Board Meetings

26. Fees Schedules

27. Live Scan - What is the process or status?

INTRAVENOUS/BLOOD WITHDRAWAL/CONTINUING EDUCATION



28. How do I become certified to perform IV/BW?

29. Do I need to renew my IV/BW certification?

30. Can I use my IV/BW course for my continuing education requirements needed to renew my license?

31. IV/BW Certification Completed Out-of-State - Can I apply my IV/BW Certification to my California license?

32. IV/BW/CE Course Provider - How do I become an approved IV/BW/CE Course Provider?

33. IV/BW/CE Course Provider Renewal - Will I get a renewal application from the Board when my IV/BW/CE Course Provider Approval expires?

34. IV/BW/CE Course Instructors - What is the process to add a new instructor to teach my approved IV/BW/CE course?

LICENSE & RENEWAL ISSUES



35. How do I obtain a duplicate license?

36. I lost my license, how do I obtain a duplicate?

37. What is an "active" license?

38. What is an "inactive" license?

39. How can I make my license inactive?

40.How do I make my inactive license active?

41. This is my first time renewing my license, do I need 30 hours of continuing education (CE)to renew my license?

42. Accrued Fees for Delinquent Renewals

43. What happens if I allow my license to become delinquent for over four years?

44. I need to verify a license to see if it has been renewed.

45. I sent for the renewal of my license and I have not yet received my license.

46. My license is going to expire and I did not receive a renewal notice. What should I do?

PUBLIC INFORMATION



47. How do I obtain a copy of the Disciplinary Action List?

48. How do I purchase a mailing list and labels of LVNs or PTs?

49. Mailing Lists & Labels (Candidates Only) -How do I purchase a mailing list and labels of candidates applying or currently taking the LVN or PT examination?

50. What licensee information is considered "public"?

51. Frequently Requested Telephone Numbers

52. Contact Information for other State Boards of Nursing

EDUCATION

1. Audit - The Board has sent me an audit letter regarding completion of my continuing education (CE). Who do I talk to about this issue?

Contact the CE Audit Desk at the telephone number provided in the letter or call the Board's main telephone line at (916) 263-7800 and ask for the CE Audit desk.

2. CE Renewal Requirements - How many hours of continuing education (CE) must I have to renew my license?

Licensees must complete 30 contact hours of Continuing Education every two years in order to renew their license with an active status.

The 30 hour CE requirement does not apply to the first license renewal following the initial issuance of a license. However, if the license has been delinquent for more than one complete renewal cycle (i.e., more than 24 months) then CE is required.

Licensees are required by law to retain the original copies of their CE Certificates for a period of 4 years and if audited, they must furnish the Board copies of all relevant documents.

The following courses are acceptable for continuing education:

Courses which are prerequisite to or part of a registered nursing program. Such courses include but are not limited to the following:

Anatomy & Physiology
Art Therapy
Basic Interviewing Skills & Patient Education
Basic Mathematics, including algebra, geometry & statistics
Chemistry
Communication
Cultural Anthropology
English - analysis and composition
Ethics
Foreign Languages
Government/Legislative Process/Health Care Policy
Health Care Administration
Health Care Marketing
Human Genetics
Human Sexuality
Medical Terminology
Microbiology
Music Therapy
Normal Growth & Development
Nursing Sciences, including psychiatric nursing
Nutrition
Pharmacology
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physics
Psychology
Religious Studies
Sociology
Speech - public speaking
Supervision & Leadership

Continuing education courses approved by nursing licensing agencies of this or of other states, or nursing organizations of this or other states, or courses considered comparable by the Board (related to the scope of practice of the licensee.) Such courses include but are not limited to the following:

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) & Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Addiction
Aging
Anxiety
Autism
Behavior Management
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (One Time Only)
Chemical Dependency/Substance Abuse
Course work for a Teaching Credential
Crisis Intervention
Death & Dying
Depression
Documentation
Eating Disorders
Infection Control
Mental Disorders
Management of Assaultive Behavior (MAB)
Sexual Addiction
Sign Language
Therapeutic Massage

The following courses are NOT acceptable for continuing education:

Advanced Mathematics - Includes: Calculus & Trigonometry
Botany
Economics
English - Literature
History


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3. As a potential VN or PT student, what should I look for in a program to be sure that I receive a quality education?

An individual who is considering enrollment in a VN or PT program should learn as much about the program as possible before making any commitments to the program.

Make sure that the program is approved by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. You can do this by checking the Board's website (Education > California Approved Schools) or by calling the Board at (916) 263-7843. Please note that the term "accreditation" is not used for a new program that has been approved by the Board to admit its first class. The program status at this point is called "approved". Prior to graduation of the first class, a Board representative will visit the program to ensure that it is still in compliance with applicable regulations. If compliance is evident, the representative will submit a report to the Board. In turn, the Board will accredit the program. The accreditation will be retroactive to the start date of the first class.

Check the program's licensure examination pass rates for previous years. Go to the Board's website (Education > Approved School Licensure Exam Pass Rates).

Talk to students who are attending or have graduated from the program.

Talk to nursing staff in clinical facilities that the program uses for clinical experience. Ask the staff if they would hire these students after graduation.

If you will need financial assistance, ask the program if they have resources for grants, scholarships and other types of financial aid.

Disclaimer on Unaccredited Nursing Programs

4. What is the Board's role in approval of vocational nursing and psychiatric technician programs statewide?

The Board must ensure that:

Each vocational nursing program complies with the Vocational Nursing Practice Act, and

Each psychiatric technician program complies with the Psychiatric Technicians Law.

The Board ensures that institutions develop curricula that will prepare students with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities to be successful on the licensure examination. As a result, the licensees are able to provide safe, competent entry level care.

In accordance with Business and Professions Code sections 2880 - 2884 (VN) and 4530 - 4532 (PT), the Board reviews each program to ensure that:

  1. Faculty meet education and experience requirements;
  2. The curriculum flows from simple to complex and demonstrates a progressive mastery of competency-based objectives;
  3. Theory and clinical objectives are measurable;
  4. Clinical facilities have an adequate patient census and provide a variety of experiences to enable students to meet their learning objectives;
  5. The instructor to student ratio does not exceed 1:15 in the clinical setting; and
  6. The ratio of theory to clinical hours provides balance to enhance learning.

5. What is the role of the nursing education consultant in the approval of vocational nursing and psychiatric technician programs?

The role of the nursing education consultant (NEC) is to approve and ensure that the Board-approved director accomplishes curriculum development, development of school policies, procurement of faculty and clinical facilities and other required documents in accordance with Article 5 of the Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technician Rules and Regulations. Section 2529(b) states, "Each vocational nursing program shall have one faculty member designated as director who meets the requirements [for director], who shall actively administer the program." The director is responsible for compliance with all regulations in Chapter 1, Article 5 (commencing with Section 2525 et seq.). Section 2584(b) states, "Each psychiatric technician program shall have one faculty member designated as director who meets the requirements [for director], who shall actively administer the program." The director is responsible for compliance with all regulations in Chapter 2, Article 5 (commencing with Section 2580 et seq.). This means that the proposed curriculum must be submitted by the approved director.

The NEC will provide a final assessment of the total curriculum package before it is placed on the agenda for Board consideration. The Board requires submission of all documents in final form. Two copies of the final curriculum proposal must be submitted to the Board's Sacramento headquarters by the fifteenth day of the second month that precedes the month of the Board's review. During its review, the Board may grant initial approval and authorize commencement of one class.

6. How long does it take to receive approval to begin a new VN or PT program?

The complete approval process takes a minimum of nine months. The time spent on curriculum development and review may be significant depending on the expertise of the writer. After approval of a program director who meets the qualifications delineated in regulation, the assigned NEC meets with the director for a comprehensive orientation to the respective practice act and rules and regulations. Written guidelines are given to the program director to assist in developing a curriculum that complies fully with Article 5 of the Rules and Regulations. A realistic timeline for submission of program materials is suggested based upon the program director's projected date to start the initial class. The entire curriculum package must be initially submitted for review far enough in advance to afford review by the NEC and for revisions as necessary. The curriculum packet must be submitted in FINAL FORM to the NEC by the 15th day of the second month PRIOR to Board consideration of the proposal. Submission of materials after the deadline will cause the program proposal to be deferred to a later date for Board consideration. The Board encourages the allowance of enough time for the development of a comprehensive quality curriculum.

7. Why do faculty and facility approval forms have to be submitted in duplicate as stated on the form?

The original form, Faculty Approval Application or Clinical Facility Approval Application, with attached substantiating documentation is approved by the NEC and retained in the Board's school files. The duplicate of the form is annotated with the Board approval status and sent back to the school for its records.

8. What steps are taken to ensure that programs continue to provide students with quality education?

Initial Survey

The Board grants approval for commencement of an initial class within a program. Prior to graduation of the first class, an on-site visit is conducted to evaluate student progress and determine continued compliance with applicable rules and regulations in Article 5. If the program is in compliance, the Board may grant accreditation for a four-year period.

Survey for Continued Accreditation

A Board representative conducts surveys of programs every four years to determine each program's compliance with Article 5 of the applicable Rules and Regulations. Following a report of the survey to the Board, the Board may grant accreditation for an additional four years.

Special Visits


The Board may conduct special visits to programs at any time to ensure that the approved curriculum is being taught and/or investigate allegations of program deficiencies.

9. What occurs during a formal survey visit of the program?

The Board conducts survey visits to determine compliance with the law. Each program is reviewed to ensure that, at a minimum:

The program is in compliance with Board statutes and regulations;
The program director is in charge of all educational activities;
The approved instructional plan is followed;
Theory is correlated with clinical assignments;
Instructors are available for student supervision;
Student progress is evident;
Clinical sites offer a variety of learning experiences; and
Program grants credit for previous education/experience.

10. If I have a question about VN or PT scopes of practice or about nursing education, how can I contact the Board for a response?

Scope of practice and nursing education questions are generally answered by the nursing education consultants (NEC) in the Board's Education Unit.

You may call the Education Unit secretary directly at (916) 263-7843 and ask to speak to an NEC;

Mail your inquiry to the Board's Sacramento office at
Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205
Sacramento, CA 95833

E-mail the Board's Webmaster at bvnpt@dca.ca.gov; NOTE: If you e-mail your inquiry, please provide your full name and mailing address in addition to your e-mail address.

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ENDORSEMENTS

11. Out-of-State Licensure - I plan to apply to another state for licensure. How do I get copies of my file and verification of licensure sent to that state?

Obtain an application packet from the applicable state (contact information for other Boards of Nursing can be obtained from National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website at www.nscbn.org)

When you get the state's application materials, send the Board the "verification of licensure" form which is enclosed.

Attach a check made payable to the BVNPT in the amount of either $75.0 for a Vocational Nurse license verification or $20.00 for a Psychiatric Technician license verification.

The processing time is typically 4 to 6 weeks. Endorsements are processed in the order received.

For additional information, review the Fact Sheet for LVN's Applying for Licensure in Other States.

12. Licensure in California by Endorsement - How do I apply for licensure in California?

To obtain a Vocational Nurse reciprocity application packet from the Board, call the main telephone number at (916) 263-7800 or send an email to the Board at bvnpt@dca.ca.gov. Provide your full name and mailing address. (Note: The Board does not accept reciprocity applications for Psychiatric Technicians)

Applicants that are licensed in another U.S. State or Territory may review the Fact Sheet for Out-of-State Licensed Applicants.

13. Transcripts - How do I get copies of my transcripts sent to an out-of-state licensing board?

Allow 4-6 weeks for processing. The Board may have to order the license file from the State Records Center. The Board is not the custodian of records for educational transcripts and may not have the records on file, but if it does, it will provide them to another licensing agency.

The applicant/licensee must send the Board a letter requesting that a copy of their school transcripts be sent to a specific agency including the complete address of that agency and if there is a deadline for receipt.

Attach a check for $2.00 made payable to the BVNPT.

If the Board cannot locate them, the applicant/licensee will need to contact the institution and request them from the originating institution.

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EXAMINATIONS

16 .Application - How do I apply or obtain an application for the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) or Psychiatric Technician examination?

If you have never taken the test before, obtain the application forms from the Board's website at Application for Vocational Nurse Licensure by Examination; or Application for Psychiatric Technician Licensure by Examination, or the Board can send an application. An application can be requested by calling the Board's main telephone number at (916) 263-7800 or by sending a request by email to bvnpt@dca.ca.gov.

If you have previously applied in California, contact the Board to obtain the required re-examination application materials. Applications are deemed abandoned and destroyed after two years of inactivity. If it has been more than two years, the applicant will need to obtain a new application and submit all required documentation to establish eligibility.

17. Application Status - I sent in my application but haven't heard anything from the Board. Did you receive my application?

Applications are processed in the order they are received from California approved schools. School Applications take about 4-5 weeks to process.

All other applications for examinations take approximately 8 weeks to be evaluated.

Reciprocity applications take approximately 4 weeks for processing, however it may take as long as 12 weeks (as the state of original licensure must submit verification of licensure under separate cover).

Additionally, the Board must ensure that a fingerprint clearance report is received from the Department of Justice (DOJ) prior to licensure.

A self-addressed postcard is included as part of the application package. If the applicant affixes the appropriate postage and submits the postcard with the application as indicated in the instructions, the postcard will be date stamped and returned to the applicant.

18. Interim Permits (IPs) - How do I obtain an interim permit?

Interim Permits can only be issued to the graduate of a California approved school and are only valid while the candidate is awaiting results from his/her first licensing examination.

To obtain an IP, the applicant must have been approved to test, and their DOJ fingerprints must have cleared. An IP cannot be issued to an applicant if their file is in enforcement.

With year-round computerized testing, the candidates typically take their examination before an IP is needed.

If the candidate still wants to apply for an IP (because he/she is eligible but does not plan on taking the exam right away), contact the Board to request and Interim Permit application at (916) 263-7800 and ask to speak to an evaluator or by sending an email to bvnpt@dca.ca.gov.

The fee for an IP is $20.00 for Psychiatric Technician and $40.00 for Vocational Nurse and takes 3-4 weeks to process.

19. Examination Results - I have just taken the LVN test. Can you tell me the results? How long before I am mailed my examination results?

Under no circumstances shall examination results be given over the telephone. The applicant must wait to receive his/her results in the mail.

It takes a minimum of 3-4 weeks for the results to be mailed out.

Examination results are produced by the NCSBN and sent to the Board for processing. NCSBN does not always send the exam results in the order the exam was administered. Applicants must wait at least 3-4 weeks to obtain their official results.

20. Fees- I already paid $150.00 to the Board. Do I have to pay the NCSBN $200.00 to take the NCLEX-PN also?

Yes, there are two fees involved each time you take the exam.

The $150 fee is for the application review and processing.

The $200 fee which goes directly to the NCSBN is for the examination.

An initial licensing fee will be charged to obtain the license after successful completion of the licensing examination.

21. Registered Nursing Application Information - Does the Board accept examination eligibility information from the Board of Registered Nursing (i.e., interim permits, examination results, etc.)?

The Board cannot determine acceptability until it actually reviews the documentation.

The applicant may request the RN Board to send a copy of their educational transcripts to the Board. No other information may be accepted from the RN Board (i.e., fingerprints, fees, etc.)

 

22. Examinations Taken Per Year -- How many times can I take the NCLEX-PN in a year?


An applicant may take the NCLEX exam 8 times a year or every 45 days. As long as he/she applies each time and pays the applicable fees ($150.00 retake application fee and the $200.00 NCLEX fee).

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GENERAL

ADDRESS AND/OR NAME CHANGES

Address and/or name changes cannot be accepted by telephone or via e-mail. The Board must receive a document which bears the applicant's/licensee's signature and date in order to change an official address of record. This requirement protects the applicant/licensee from fraudulent changes made by unknown individuals. A faxed letter is acceptable.

23. Address Changes -- How do I change my address?

Address changes must be submitted, in writing, to the Board.

The letter should state "address change request", be signed by the applicant/licensee, AND specify the following:

Full name
VN or PT license number or file number
Social security number (optional)
Old address
New address
Daytime telephone number, (in case the Board has questions)
Signature
Date


24. Name Changes - How do I change my name?

NAME changes must be submitted, in writing, to the Board.

The letter should state "name change request", be signed by the applicant/licensee, AND specify the following:

Full name
VN or PT license number or file number
Social security number (optional)
Former name
New name
Daytime telephone number (in case the Board has questions)


And the letter must be accompanied by a copy of the legal documentation to verify the name change (e.g., marriage license, divorce decree, court order, or a copy of the new driver's license)

The Board does not issue a replacement license due to a name change unless requested by the Licensee.

Application for a replacement license

The fee for a replacement license is $20 for Psychiatric Technician and $25 for Vocational nurse.


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25. BOARD MEMBERS & BOARD MEETINGS

Board Member Inquiries

A list of current Board members can be found on the website under the left side link to "Board Members".

Board Meeting Inquiries

The meeting notice and agenda for all board/committee meetings are posted two weeks prior to the meeting. The information is available on the Board's website at www.bvnpt.ca.gov under the left side link to "Board Meetings".


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26. FEES SCHEDULE

The Board's fee schedule.

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FINGERPRINTS

27. Live Scan - What is the process or status?

All applicants residing in California must have their fingerprints processed via Live Scan by:

Obtaining a pre-printed form from the Board.

The applicant must present a valid photo ID at the Live Scan site and pay the applicable processing fees (i.e., $49.00 plus the Live Scan Site rolling fee which can be $0 - $25.00).

A list of Live Scan sites can be found at the Department of Justice internet site at http://ag.ca.us/app/livescan.htm. Select "contact information."

The Live Scan site information is updated weekly and candidates should check the internet site to find out the most current information and fee assessments.

Live scan fingerprint clearance reports will be processed by DOJ within 72 hours of receipt unless there is a problem with the fingerprints that results in a delay or reject. If the fingerprints are rejected, the applicant will be required to be reprinted.

Applicants living outside California must complete "hard card" fingerprint cards and pay a $49.00 non-refundable fee to "BVNPT" as Livescan is only available in California.

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INTRAVENOUS/BLOOD WITHDRAWAL/CONTINUING EDUCATION (IV/BW/CE)

A licensed vocational nurse must be certified by the Board to perform intravenous therapy or blood withdrawal.

A licensed psychiatric technician can only be certified in blood withdrawal (not intravenous therapy). A PT must be certified by the Board to perform blood withdrawal.

If a licensee is certified by the Board, the certification should show on the license.

28. Certification of IV/BW - How do I become certified to perform IV/BW?

There are two methods a licensee can become certified to perform IV/BW. The first is by completing a Board approved course in IV/BW. The second is by obtaining verification of competency by a California licensed physician or registered nurse.

Approved IV/BW course providers are listed on the Board's website under "Education."

Contact the Board at (916) 263-7800 or by email at bvnpt@dca.ca.gov for information regarding verification of competency for IV/BW certification.

29. Certification of IV/BW Shown on License - Why is my IV/BW certification not shown on my license?

If the licensee completed a course before he/she was issued a license and the course provider submitted the completion certificate to the Board prior to licensure, the information may not have been matched with the license record. The licensee must contact the course provider and request that another completion certificate be sent to the Board ensuring that the license number is included in the correspondence.

A replacement license showing certification will not be issued unless the licensee submits the required replacement application and fee. Employers may verify status by checking the online license verification system or call the board. Otherwise, the applicable post-licensure certification will appear on the license after the next renewal.

30.Certification of IV/BW Renewal - Do I need to renew my IV/BW certification?

No. Renewal of IV/BW certification is not required. Even if a licensee completes a new course in IV/BW and submits the information to the Board, the initial certification information will not be replaced.

31. IV/BW Courses Used for Continuing Education Requirements - Can I use my IV/BW course for my continuing education requirements needed to renew my license?

IV/BW courses can be used for the continuing education requirement only if the course provider is approved for continuing education by this Board or by the Board of Registered Nursing. If so, the provider must provide the licensee with a separate continuing education completion certificate which includes the provider's continuing education course approval number.

32. IV/BW Certification Completed Out-of-State - Can I apply my IV/BW Certification to my California license?

No. The Board does not recognize out-of-state certification for IV/BW.

To be certified in California, a licensee must complete a California approved IV/BW course or obtain verification of competency from a California licensed physician or registered nurse.

To qualify under the verification of competency method, a "Verification of Competency" form must be mailed directly to the physician or registered nurse for completion.

33. IV/BW/CE Course Provider - How do I become an approved IV/BW/CE Course Provider?

Individuals who are interested in becoming approved providers of IV/BW/CE courses must complete a Board application. Contact the Board at (916) 263-7800 or by email at bvnpt@dca.ca.gov to request the course provider application material.

34. IV/BW/CE Course Provider Renewal - Will I get a renewal application from the Board when my IV/BW/CE Course Provider Approval expires?

Yes. Renewal notices are mailed to providers approximately 30 days prior to the expiration date. However, each provider is responsible for contacting the Board if the course approval is about to expire and a renewal application has not been received.

35. IV/BW/CE Course Instructors - What is the process to add a new instructor to teach my approved IV/BW/CE course?

Requests to add instructors to teach an IV/BW/CE course must be submitted to the Board in writing. The name of the instructor, license number and his/her signature must be included in the correspondence.

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LICENSE & RENEWAL ISSUES

36. Duplicate License -- How do I obtain a duplicate license?

If a licensee wants to show a recent change in name or address on the license that they are carrying, they must:

  1. Return the license with the old name/address
  2. Attach a check made payable to the BVNPT ($25 for VN; $20 for PT)
  3. Allow approximately 3-4 weeks for processing

37. Lost License - I lost my license, how do I obtain a duplicate?

Submit the "Application for Replacement License" or write the board a letter explaining what happened to their license. The form can be downloaded from the Board's website at www.bvnpt.ca.gov/licensing.

Licensee must submit a check made payable to the BVNPT to replace the license. ($25 for VN; $20 for PT)

It takes about 3-4 weeks to issue a duplicate license.

38. Active License - What is an "active" license?

If you want an "active" license, you must:

  1. Complete 30 contact hours of Continuing Education during the two years immediately preceding your renewal date.
  2. Pay the applicable renewal fee.
  3. Sign the applicable renewal forms where indicated or send the Board a letter with all the pertinent information signed by the licensee.
  4. You can legally practice only with an active license.

39. Inactive License - What is an "inactive" license?

The only difference between an "active" license and an "inactive" license is completion of the required 30 hours of continuing education. An inactive license must still be renewed every 2 years or it will expire.

If you want to renew your license on "inactive" status, you must:

  1. Pay all applicable renewal fees.
  2. Sign and date the applicable renewal forms where indicated or send the Board a letter with all the pertinent information signed by the licensee.
  3. You do NOT need to complete the 30 contact hours of continuing education (until you want to activate your license)
  4. You cannot work as an LVN/PT with an inactive license.

40. Active to Inactive License - How can I make my license inactive?

Inactive License -- At the time of renewal, pay the renewal fee and mark the "inactive" box on the renewal form.

41. Inactive to Active License - How do I make my inactive license active?

Mail the inactive license and a copy of the 30 contact hours of continuing education (or a signed statement, under penalty of perjury, attesting to the fact that 30 hours of CE has been completed within the preceding 2 year period).

42. First Time Renewal- This is my first time renewing my license, do I need 30 hours of continuing education (CE) hours to renew my license?

CE hours are not required for the first renewal cycle, regardless of licensure; following endorsement to CA or graduation from nursing program. However, if the license has been delinquent for more than one complete renewal cycle (i.e., more than 24 months) then CE is required.

  1. On the renewal notice, check off the box for first time renewals
  2. Respond to the Conviction question by checking the appropriate box
  3. Sign and date where indicated
  4. Complete the appropriate section if you are submitting an address or name change for a name change, a copy of the legal documentation to verify your new name must be given. (i.e. marriage license, divorce decree, court order, drivers license)
  5. Attach a check for the applicable fees made payable to the BVNPT

A renewal application form can be downloaded from the website at www.bvnpt.ca.gov, or follow instructions for "renewal notice never received" below.

43. Accrued Fees for Delinquent Renewals

A delinquency fee is assessed if the renewal fee is not paid within 30 days after the expiration date. A licensee may renew a delinquent license any time within 4 years of the expiration date by submitting payment of all accrued and unpaid renewal fees in addition to any fees due upon renewal of a delinquent license along with proof of continuing education and conviction statement.

Refer to the Accrued Renewal Fees Schedule on the Board's website at www.bvnpt.ca.gov to determine the appropriate fee based on the license expiration date.

44. Four Year Expired License - What happens if I allow my license to become delinquent for over four years?

If you fail to renew your license for 4 consecutive years, your license officially expires.

After four years, you CANNOT renew or request re-issuance of your license.

You must reapply and successfully complete the licensing examination prior to licensure.

45. License Verification - I need to verify a license to see if it has been renewed.

License verification can be checked 24 hours a day at www.bvnpt.ca.gov or you may call the Board at (916) 263-7800.

46. License Never Received- I sent for the renewal of my license and I have not received my license yet.

The processing time for renewal is approximately 8 weeks. If it has been more than 8 weeks since the renewal was submitted, call the Board at (916) 263-7800.

47. Renewal Notice Never Received- My license is going to expire and I did not receive a renewal notice. What should I do?

Licensees may download a renewal application from the Board's website at www.bvnpt.ca.gov, or they may:

Mail a check or money order for the amount due (renewal fee). Refer to the Accrued Renewal Fees Schedule on the Board's website at www.bvnpt.ca.gov to determine the appropriate fee based on the license expiration date.

Attach proof of 30 contact hours of continuing education.

Attach a declaration under penalty of perjury, that "since I last renewed my license, I, _____________, have [or have not] been convicted or pled nolo contendere to any violation of any law of any state in the United States, or any foreign Country."

Licensees must disclose all misdemeanors and felonies except they may exclude traffic violations for which the only sentence imposed was a fine of less than $300.00.

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PUBLIC INFORMATION

48. Disciplinary Action Lists - How do I obtain a copy of the Disciplinary Action List?

The information is on the Board's website under the enforcement section.

49. Mailing Lists & Labels (Licensees Only) - How do I purchase a mailing list and labels of LVNs or PTs?

The public may purchase a list of the LVN and PT "licensee" names and addresses by calling DCA Public Sales Unit

To obtain a licensee listing, the public should call the DCA Public Sales Unit at:

(916) 574-8150 or E-mail to: public_sales@dca.ca.gov

50. Mailing Lists & Labels (Candidates Only) -How do I purchase a mailing list and labels of candidates applying or currently taking the LVN or PT examination?

The public CANNOT purchase a list of the LVN and PT examination candidate names and addresses, unless prior approval is received from the Board.

Agencies and/or individuals who want a candidate listing must submit a letter to the Board specifying the purpose of the request.

51. Public Information - What licensee information is considered "public"?

The following information is public and can be released to the public:

Licensee Name
License Number
Date of Initial Licensure
License Expiration Date
License status
Post-licensure certifications

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52. Frequently Requested Telephone Numbers

  1. BRN (Board of Registered Nursing) (916) 322-3350
  2. BBS (Board of Behavioral Sciences) (916) 574-7830
    (MFT and LCSW)
  3. CNA (Certified Nurse Assistants) (916) 327-2445
  4. DCA Public Sales Mailing Lists/Labels (916) 574-8150
  5. Medical Board of California (916) 263-2382
  6. Medical Assistants (888) 464-2622
  7. Nursing Home Administration (916) 552-8780
  8. Pharmacy Board (916) 574-7900
  9. Physical Therapy Board (916) 561-8200
  10. Physician's Assistant Board (916) 561-8780/(800) 555-8038
  11. Psychiatric Technicians (916) 263-7830
  12. Psychology Board (916) 263-2699
  13. Respiratory Care Board (916) 323-9983
  14. Dept of Technology Services - CA Directory (800) 807-6755

Other Organizations


  1. NCLEX-Candidate Services (866) 496-2539
  2. NCLEX Candidate Web Site www.pearsonvue.com/nclex
  3. NCSBN Testing Services (866) 293-9600
  4. National Center for CE Home Study (800) 824-1254

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53. Contact Information for other State Boards of Nursing

Use the National Council's Website to obtain current contact information for other state boards of nursing:


Website: www.ncsbn.org

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