How to Renew LVN License in California 

To continue practicing, LVNs must be diligent with their license renewals. Though every state requires periodical renewals, each state has a set of requirements. California is no exception in this regard, and LVNs based in the Golden State must comply with their process. For a hassle-free renewal, this guide will show you everything you need to know about LVN license renewal in California.

Figure Out the Renewal Period 

Initially, your LVN license is valid for two birthdays. The license expires at the last day of the month following your birthday. Moving forward, you will need to renew your license every two years. Register to official BreEZe portal to receive a notification three months before your license is set to expire. Setting up your account also lets you apply for renewal online. 

Fulfill Renewal Requirements 

LVNs must complete a set of state-specific LVN license renewal requirements before they apply. To start,  30 contact hours of continuing education must be fulfilled. To be recognized, the course and provider need to be accredited by the California Board of Nursing. You do not need to fulfill this requirement for your first renewal period.

LVNs also have to send a full set of fingerprints to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Note that this only applies to LVNs licensed before January 1, 1998, or no longer have record for their full fingerprint submissions. 

Last but not least, LVNs have to report whether or not their license was disciplined, or they were convicted or pleaded guilty to any crime in any territory. For HCPs with a clean criminal record, fulfilling this should be no problem at all. 

Apply for online licensure renewal 

Most states have moved their LVN license renewal processes online, and California is no exception. With your account on  the official BreEZe online portal, you can send your renewal application online.  For any clarifications, you can refer to the official BreEZe guide here

To quickly summarize: register your certificate information, to create a BreEZe account.  From the Quick Start Menu, go to the Licensed Activities Section and hover over “it’s time to renew.” If your License is within 90 days of expiration, you can click “Select.” Read the Renewal Introduction carefully, as it contains the requirements and other vital information, before clicking “next.” Be sure to answer all the questions correctly, and fill all forms with updated information. 

Once you have completed your application, you can click “proceed to payment.” Right now, LVN renewal cost sits at $305. Renewals past the expiration date will incur added costs. 

Contact information 

If you have more questions, you can refer to the official California Board of Nursing Site, over here. Alternate channels of communication include:  

Mail Address:

Board of Registered Nursing
PO Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-2100

Phone Number: 916-322-3350


Board of Registered Nursing
1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834-1924

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