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 are renewing your license to an ACTIVE status, you are required to furnish to the Department of Justice, a full set of fingerprints, as directed by the Board for BOTH levels of service (DOJ and FBI). Failure to submit a full set of fingerprints to the DOJ on or before the date required for renewal of a license is grounds for discipline by the Board.

Type of Results and Timeframes:

The Board receives various types of results from the DOJ and FBI.

  • Clear – A response stating no convictions have occurred or a listing of any conviction sustained.
  • Rejection – The Board will notify you within 14 days after a rejection of fingerprints is received from DOJ or FBI.
    If initial Live Scan fingerprints do not produce clear results, you will be notified by the BRN with additional instructions to re-submit fingerprints. You will not be charged an additional DOJ and FBI fee, but may be charged the Live Scan vendor's processing fee. Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for fingerprint results to be electronically transmitted from DOJ to the BRN. Click here for a list of Live Scan locations.
  • Delay – A DOJ or FBI delay can vary from approximately 30 to 90 days before the Board will receive a result.
  • Invalid – The Board will notify you within 14 days after an invalid fingerprint notification is received from DOJ or FBI.

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 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 exam and you submitted fingerprints using a hard card or electronic Live Scan prior to June 8, 2008, 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 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.

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

Allow 1-2 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 1-2 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 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.

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 we can continue processing of your renewal.

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).