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In California, how long does it take to get a license #?

work&play work&play (Member)

After pasing the state's skills exam, how long does it take to get your CNA license number in California? Does it take all 16 weeks?


Specializes in LTC. Has 2 years experience.

I passed my State Test in San Jose more than 1 month ago and I was told that my Certificate would arrive within 16 weeks and if I didn't receive by then I would have to call that number that they provided. I think that the certificate is not necessary take up to 16 weeks to receive it cos we might receive before that, just my opinion.

Thank you! I just found a number. That gives me the process to my certificate. I'll be waiting a long time according to what I found in the automatic information system. I took the state exam two weeks ago and they "haven't received the results from the Red Cross."

Thank You again!

Sixteen weeks!? Are you allowed to work as a CNA while you're waiting for your certificate?

Yes, 16 weeks, or more in the mean time I lost two good job offers. I need a CNA's schedule that's why I took the test.

Nursing homes maight hire you while you're waiting. The ones I've applied didn't.

I have been waiting for over a year for my license. I have called the public health department so many times I have lost track. You never get to talk to anyone but instead stay on hold. I visited them and they blamed the DOJ and my school. I talked the DOJ that confirmed they passed my livescan on to the public health department. I believe these are the laziest employees ever or the department is grossly mismanaged. I lost possible hospital jobs and I am currently going to school for Nursing. I am about to change my major if this is the b.s. I have to deal with!

Good luck!


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