Texas to California License

  1. Hello, all!
    I am soon graduation with my BSN in the state of Texas and soon will start applying to the wonderful world of graduate residency programs.
    I am planning on moving to California post-graduation and am wondering what I should do regarding my license.
    Do I apply to have my license in CA with my NCLEX, will I be able to apply to receive both licenses TX and CA? Or should I receive my TX license and apply for my CA license by endorsement? That may take 12 weeks to receive and complete, so may interfere with my residency program if I am offered one. What is the best way to go about this?
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   Rose_Queen
    You can take the NCLEX anywhere it is offered. What matters is where you apply for licensure. If you are definitely planning to work and live in CA, it wouldn't make much sense to apply for licensure in TX if you have no plans to work in TX.
  4. by   Sour Lemon
    I moved from Texas to (Southern) California, too ...but after a little research, I decided to work in Texas for two years, first. There were several new grads in my Texas group from California. They were unable to find new graduate positions in their home state. Do you have a place to live and financial support in California?
  5. by   chare
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  6. by   RebellescumRN
    I had a similar situation, from CA and went to school in TX but I planned to move back to LA once I graduated. I recommend getting the CA license first since it takes A LONG LONG TIME. I ended up taking my NCLEX and sending my results to CA BRN and getting my license there first. The whole process took about 3 months. Then when I decided to stay in TX for a year I was able to get a temporary license good for 90 days while CA verified my license for my permanent TX license. The temp texas license was super fast to get it took like a week tops.
  7. by   meganm1996
    Thank you for the insight!! I will definitely apply for my CA license first then and request to get my TX license as well! Where are you working at in CA?!
  8. by   meganm1996
    Hah what a simple answer! I was expecting a lengthy process! Thanks so dearly!
  9. by   jewels08
    Im also from So Cal and went to school out of state and then returned after graduation. My only piece of advice is to stay in Texas and work for a year or two before coming back to LA. Thats what I wish I wouldve done!

    The job market is rough for new grads. I graduated in August, Just got my license in November, and am still looking as you cant really secure a job until you have your CA license. Best of luck!!
  10. by   meganm1996
    Is there a reason why you didn't take your NCLEX in CA and got your license there right out of college?
  11. by   meganm1996
    Quote from jewels08
    Im also from So Cal and went to school out of state and then returned after graduation. My only piece of advice is to stay in Texas and work for a year or two before coming back to LA. Thats what I wish I wouldve done!

    The job market is rough for new grads. I graduated in August, Just got my license in November, and am still looking as you cant really secure a job until you have your CA license. Best of luck!!
    Is there a reason why you didn't take your NCLEX in CA and got your license there right out of college?
  12. by   jewels08
    Quote from meganm1996
    Is there a reason why you didn't take your NCLEX in CA and got your license there right out of college?
    I got my license in CA, about 3 weeks ago. It took 4 1/2 months from the time I applied. I went to school in Nebraska and had no intention of staying, but I would have if I knew how difficult it was to get a job in LA.
  13. by   meganm1996
    Quote from jewels08
    I got my license in CA, about 3 weeks ago. It took 4 1/2 months from the time I applied. I went to school in Nebraska and had no intention of staying, but I would have if I knew how difficult it was to get a job in LA.
    WOW! I will need to apply for my CA license ASAP then. I am hoping that it isn't a long process if i sit in state in CA and take NCLEX there. Hopefully i can get in with the other students that are graduating in CA.
  14. by   jewels08
    When do you graduate?
    Definitely apply online through Breeze if you are set on CA.
    The area is just oversaturated with new graduates so if you can get a job in Texas easily I would recommend that! But theres no place like home, thats for sure.

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