Online Renewal Question

  1. Hey everyone! I have a quick question- if anyone can offer input, preferably based on personal experience, I'd be super grateful

    I need to renew my CA nursing license for the first time. Been an LVN 5 years- 3 in CT. Anyways- my letter urged us to do it online, as it is faster. I plan to do that.

    My letter said that if I do this by mail the letter must be postmarked by February 28th to avoid the late fee that's associated with the 30 day grace period (March 30th.)

    My question: if I go online and renew February 28th (paying by major credit card) should I be ok?

    And would this effect my employment in any way? It didn't in the past in CT- anyhow, I'm grateful for any input anyone can offer.

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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   RNblue2
    So, your license expires on the 28th? I would do it a few days ahead of time in case there's some unforeseen reason the service was down or something weird.. but I did just renew mine over online and everything updates right away and it shows my license is good till 2016 now!
  4. by   jallen326
    My renewal is due the end of April and I usually do it online by march 1. There is no harm in doing it as early as possible.
  5. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from jallen326
    My renewal is due the end of April and I usually do it online by march 1. There is no harm in doing it as early as possible.
    Agreed. I do mine the minute I get the eligibility-to-renew notice. It doesn't move up the expiration date in any way and gets it out of the way. It helps that I have to accumulate about 30 CEUs per year just to maintain my accreditation, so I never have to worry about whether I have enough CEUs done in time for renewal.
  6. by   Adele_Michal7
    Quote from RNblue2
    So, your license expires on the 28th? I would do it a few days ahead of time in case there's some unforeseen reason the service was down or something weird.. but I did just renew mine over online and everything updates right away and it shows my license is good till 2016 now!
    I'm a LVN, but I'm assuming it works the same way. Today is February 1st, and I plan on doing it tonight- from what you said, I think I'll be ok? What do you think? At any rate, your response reassured me, so thank you.

    Quote from Meriwhen

    Agreed. I do mine the minute I get the eligibility-to-renew notice. It doesn't move up the expiration date in any way and gets it out of the way. It helps that I have to accumulate about 30 CEUs per year just to maintain my accreditation, so I never have to worry about whether I have enough CEUs done in time for renewal.
    This is my first renewal in CA, so fortunately I don't need any CEU's this time- but for next time, I'll have those puppies done waaayyy ahead of time! I typically like to renew the second I get the letter as well; but this year, I had an emergency come up where I didn't get a paycheck for three weeks and I was unable to borrow money.

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  7. by   Adele_Michal7
    Hopefully this helps someone. I did it today, and it DOES NOT automatically update. So according to all online records, my license still expires in four weeks. If I don't get my new one in time, I will be facing unemployment. Lesson learned.

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  8. by   jallen326
    For the state of Florida you can print out a temporary one until you get the official one in the mail. I don't know if this applies to other states. Even my clinician said she can go online to see if I renewed without having to hound is for the official paper.
  9. by   Adele_Michal7
    I may have spoken too soon, but two to three days ago, I was able to find my name as current on the BVNPT license lookup online- and my new license arrived yesterday. It would take FOREVER in CT.

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  10. by   jallen326
    Ok I just did my renewal and after verification of my required ceu's and making my payment, I was able to print a temporary one.

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