california license by endorsement - page 8

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  1. by   sourapril
    Quote from Maud19
    Hi sourapril!

    I am partly on the same boat as you. I have also submitted a letter of justification to BON regarding additional documents from my university. So far they haven't replied yet. Have you heard from them since? Or did you contact BON instead?
    The short answer is if you want to get your CA license quickly, have everything in hand (transcript, application, photos, live scan, etc.) and personally deliver it to BRN in Sacramento (yes, it's costly, especially for people who live out of state, but I guarentee you this is the fastest way if you want to be 100% sure that they receive all the necessary documents).

    However, I didn't do that and this is what happened to me:
    1/12/18, applied online, mailed my fingerprint card, and request all my schools (4 schools total) to send my official transcripts to BRN.

    3/12/18 saw my temporary license posted on BreEze (here is where I made the mistake of innocently believing I just needed to wait for a couple more weeks for the permenent one)
    3/19/18 got a letter from BRN saying "need transcript reflecting completion of coursework in x, y, and z.

    I ignored the letter because I know all my schools mail my transcripts to them.
    I was finishing my DNP degree, selling the house, packing, trying to make a cross country move to CA, in short, lots of going on, didn't have the time to look into this matter.

    Fast forward, I moved to CA, checked BreEze again in July, the same message.

    8/2/18 drove to Sacramento, went to BRN in person, waited for an hour in line. Kimberly at the front desk told me that they never received any of my transcripts (that's $40 down the drain). I asked her what's the most secure way to get my transcripts to them. She told me to bring them in person. (However, if you graduate from a foreign nursing school, you cannot bring your official, sealed transcript in person. It has to be mailed or emailed by your school)

    I went home, requested from all four schools again. This time, I asked them to mail the official transcripts to me.

    8/13/18, second attempt to go to BRN in person. Waited for 2 hours this time (it was Monday). A different lady came out and took my transcripts. She asked me to wait while she went back to check on my file. 20-25 minutes later, she came back and told me I still don't meet the psychology requirement but what I can do is to have my school email her supervisor and say that psychology was incorporated into my BSN curriculum. I tried to contact my school then, but wasn't able to get a hold of anyone. So I drove all the way back home (2.5 hours)

    8/14/18 finally got a hold of someone from my school who was willing to provide the letter (apparently they do this a lot for nurses who move to CA)

    8/16/18 saw on BreEze that my permanent license was posted.
    So overall it took me 7 months. It didn't have to if BRN didn't lose my transcripts or communicate to me clearly that they didn't receive my transcript. Apparently all the mails that get to send to BRN actually go to the state mail room, then they get sorted. This means the transcripts can be mixed with mails that go to any other state agencies and there are a lot of them. When I was there both times, there were plenty of people who went there because their transcripts were never received by BRN. I know it's partially my fault because I didn't have the time to chase after BRN because I had other things to worry about in my life.
  2. by   vanstapele
    Hi all,

    Just wanted to share my endorsement timeline from Maryland.

    7/12/18 - Turned in the online application on Breeze. Had all my college transcripts sent electronically. The Board of Nursing opened both transcripts within a day (confirmed via email). Had livescan done in California.
    My payment was processed a couple days later.

    8/22/18 - Drove up to BON in Sacramento. They were able to confirm that all documents were received and that they were still working on the June applications but would get to mine within the next 2 weeks.

    8/30/18 - License updated on breeze account
  3. by   Toh14
    Send in all material by mail on 3/28/18 and they didn't deposit or start processing until 4/12/18. I received my rn license via mail on 10/1/18. Hope this helps everyone! Btw, it might be quicker if you do it all online.
  4. by   mabstudent
    Quote from Toh14
    Send in all material by mail on 3/28/18 and they didn't deposit or start processing until 4/12/18. I received my rn license via mail on 10/1/18. Hope this helps everyone! Btw, it might be quicker if you do it all online.
    Did you do your finger prints via live scan or mail?
  5. by   Toh14
    live scan. I visited Cali back in march
  6. by   svalenzeno
    Soooo... I applied for my CA license by endorsement (from Illinois). Had my transcripts sent on 9/14, online application sent in with payment on 9/18 and mailed in my fingerprint card the next day. At that time, the processing times website was quoting a 10-12 week turnaround. I checked periodically on my status and it had always said "pending"... until today. I have a license number and expiration date. I'm assuming that means I'm official. So, just over 4 weeks and I have a license. Am I missing something?? This seems too good to be true!
  7. by   Mpredrox1
    I turned in everything a month ago including sending in the fingerprinting card. When I check the status of my application online it says they are missing my fingerprint card
  8. by   kriggs2
    I am applying for my CA RN License by endorsement from Indiana. I graduate in December, am applying for Indiana license by exam and testing here, and then applying for endorsement as soon as I have an Indiana license. I know LiveScan is faster, does anyone know if I can complete Livescan before submitting my application? I would have time to fly out and do that in CA before graduation, but I didn't know if they expired or if the board of nursing would not accept them if they have been done a month or two prior to applying. Ive of course tried to contact the BON with no luck, so any help would be appreciated!
    Thank you!
  9. by   Rebekulous
    Quote from kriggs2
    I am applying for my CA RN License by endorsement from Indiana. I graduate in December, am applying for Indiana license by exam and testing here, and then applying for endorsement as soon as I have an Indiana license. I know LiveScan is faster, does anyone know if I can complete Livescan before submitting my application? I would have time to fly out and do that in CA before graduation, but I didn't know if they expired or if the board of nursing would not accept them if they have been done a month or two prior to applying. Ive of course tried to contact the BON with no luck, so any help would be appreciated!
    Thank you!
    Is there a reason you're applying in Indiana first? If you know you're going to CA, it would be faster to just apply there first.
  10. by   kriggs2
    I thought of that, but I don't want to have to wait several months to take my NCLEX. Im thinking if I apply in IN first, I will be able to test within a few weeks and then my husband and I are going traveling for a few months while waiting for my license without having to worry. Which is why Im trying to having everything together so I won't have any issues to deal with while i'm out of the country.
  11. by   Rebekulous
    Quote from kriggs2
    I thought of that, but I don't want to have to wait several months to take my NCLEX. Im thinking if I apply in IN first, I will be able to test within a few weeks and then my husband and I are going traveling for a few months while waiting for my license without having to worry. Which is why Im trying to having everything together so I won't have any issues to deal with while i'm out of the country.
    That kind of makes sense, if IN is quick at getting you your ATT. If that's the case, I vote for taking NCLEX as soon as you can before you start forgetting stuff. However, I don't think you can apply in CA until after you have your IN license, so depending in the timing of your trip you might still have to work on your CA while you're out of the country.

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