Pocket Card Discontinuation

As of September 15, 2017, the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians will discontinue the issuance of pocket cards to its licensees. Visit https://search.dca.ca.gov anytime to verify the status of a license.

Quick Facts Regarding License Verification and Renewal

  • The title “Vocational Nurse” or “Psychiatric Technician” cannot be used unless licensed to practice in the State of California.
  • The Board recommends that employers of licensed vocational nurses and/or psychiatric technicians verify licensure in California.
  • The California Department of Consumer Affairs´ (DCA) BreEZe Online Services is a primary source for verification of vocational nurse and psychiatric technician licensure.
  • All vocational nurse and psychiatric technician license information is included within the DCA BreEZe Online Services.
  • Courtesy renewal notices are mailed approximately 90 days prior to the license expiration date. All licensees are required to timely renew their license whether or not they receive a renewal notice from the Board.
  • Renewals can be submitted online using the DCA BreEZe Online Services.
  • The DCA BreEZe Online Services is updated in real-time as a license is renewed.