Fingerprint Requirement for License Renewal

Title 16, California Code of Regulations, Sections 1419, 1419.1, and 1419.3 require the submission of fingerprints upon license renewal if the licensee was not previously fingerprinted by the Board or if a record of fingerprint submission no longer exists.

If you were licensed prior to March 1, 2009 and you are trying to renew your license to an ACTIVE status, you must have current electronic fingerprint results on file with the Board for BOTH levels of service (DOJ and FBI). If you do not have current fingerprints on file with the Board or if you only have one (1) level of service (DOJ or FBI) on file, this could hold up your license renewal until the new fingerprints are completed and sent into the Board.

If you are renewing to an INACTIVE status, you do NOT need to submit new fingerprints. If your RN license is on hold due to a fingerprint issue and you are renewing to inactive status, please contact the Board's Renewals Unit.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Determine if You Need to Submit New Fingerprints

If you were licensed in California by endorsement prior to March 1, 2009 and you were originally fingerprinted using a hard card instead of electronic Live Scan; then you will need to resubmit fingerprints.

  • The Board does not have an electronic record of fingerprint results on file and you need to submit a new set of fingerprints via the Live Scan process.
    • If you reside in California you must submit fingerprints via the Live Scan process.
    • If you are outside of California you may submit fingerprints via the hard card process or come into California and submit via the Live Scan process.

If you were licensed in California by endorsement prior to March 1, 2009 and you were originally fingerprinted using electronic Live Scan then you do not need to resubmit fingerprints.

  • You may respond to the fingerprint question on your renewal as "Yes I have complied with the fingerprint requirement"

If you were licensed in California by exam prior to March 1, 2009 and you submitted fingerprints using a hard card or electronic Live Scan, prior to March 1, 2009, then you will need to resubmit fingerprints.

  • The Board currently does not have an electronic record of fingerprints on file with both levels of service (DOJ & FBI). You will need to submit a new set of fingerprints.
    • If you reside in California you must submit fingerprints via the Live Scan process.
    • If you are outside of California you may submit fingerprints via the hard card process or come into California and submit via the Live Scan process.

Instructions for Submitting Fingerprints

California Residents
You will need to complete a new fingerprint submission via the Live Scan process if you were licensed prior to March 1, 2009; you do not have current fingerprint results on file for both DOJ and FBI levels of service; and you are renewing your license to an ACTIVE status. Please FAX or MAIL the completed Live Scan form back to the Board once it has been done. Keep one (1) copy of the completed Live Scan form for your records.

Once the Live Scan form has been received by the BRN, we can renew your license (as long as all other renewal requirements have been met).

FAX Live Scan form to:
ATTN: Michelle Meier
(916) 574-7700

Allow 2-4 weeks for processing and renewal of a license (if license is on hold due to a fingerprint issue).

MAIL Live Scan form to:
Board of Registered Nursing
ATTN: Michelle Meier
1747 N. Market Blvd., Ste. 150
Sacramento, CA 95834-2979

Allow 2-4 weeks for processing and renewal of a license (if license is on hold due to a fingerprint issue).

Residents Outside of California
You will need to submit two (2) FD-258 hard fingerprint cards with the $49 processing fee payable to the "Board of Registered Nursing"

  • if you were licensed prior to March 1, 2009;
  • you do not have current fingerprint results on file for both DOJ and FBI levels of service; and
  • you are renewing your license to an ACTIVE status.

As long as all renewal requirements have been met and the Board has received and processed your fingerprint cards AND the $49 payment, we will renew your license.

The Board must receive the fingerprint cards with the $49 payment in order to renew the license. If the fingerprint cards are received without the $49 payment, you will receive a letter in the mail requesting that the $49 fee be paid before the license is renewed.

You may be able to obtain FD-258 fingerprint cards at your local police station or sheriff’s department. If they do not have the standard FD-258 fingerprint cards, you can submit a request for two (2) fingerprint cards to be mailed to you by the Board.

MAIL FD-258 Fingerprint Cards with $49 payment to:
Board of Registered Nursing
ATTN: Michelle Meier
1747 N. Market Blvd., Ste. 150
Sacramento, CA 95834-2979

Allow 4-6 weeks for cashiering, processing and renewal of a license (if license is on hold due to a fingerprint issue).