A lot of California NCLEX passers are at a quandary on where to transfer their NCLEX test result, for fear that it may expire after 3 years of passing the test.
California BRN requires NCLEX passers to submit SSN before they will issue the license. Without it your application is deemed incomplete, and they will destroy it after 3 years.
But it’s not true that your NCLEX will expire. Only RN license expires, and since you don’t have one in California without SSN, there’s nothing to expire. Only your application will be destroyed, but your NCLEX score will still be there.
Now, what are the options if you are a Cali passer but without SSN? Two things:
You can leave your NCLEX score there until such time that you can secure the SSN, and then you reapply, submitting all the requirements and fees just like in the initial application. You don’t have to take the NCLEX again.
You can endorse or transfer your NCLEX test result to a state that accepts it and don’t require SSN.
California BRN advisory on NCLEX ‘expiration’ and SSN requirement
Excerpts of California BRN email.
As of April 26, 2010, the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) no longer accepts applications that do not contain a valid U.S. Social Security Number (SSN). The California Nursing Practice Act provides for a unified examination and licensing application. Once an applicant passes the examination, a license is automatically issued. Under these circumstances, the BRN cannot accept applications for the examination and licensure, without a valid U.S. Social Security Number. Prior to April 26, 2010, once an applicant passed the NCLEX-RN examination, the applicant was allowed a three-year time period to submit a valid SSN. After that time period had elapsed, the file was considered abandoned and the file was destroyed. Additionally, an applicant was also allowed to request an extension on the file Abandonment Date. This was done as a courtesy to the applicant. As of April 26, 2010, the BRN will no longer grant an extension on the file abandonment date. An applicant, who has passed the NCLEX-RN exam and is affected by file abandonment and file destruction, still has the following options: • Once the valid U.S. Social Security Number is obtained, the applicant may re-apply to the BRN. The applicant will not have to retest, because even though the file is abandoned and destroyed, the NCLEX-RN test result is still valid. Applicants do need to submit a new Application Fee Schedule for Examination; a transcript and the fingerprint card. When the Board receives all the requirements (a new application; transcript from school; the fingerprint clearance and a valid U.S. SSN) we needed; the CA RN license will be issued. • An applicant may request that the California NCLEX-RN test result (NCLEX-RN CANDIDATE REPORT with your picture) be provided to any U.S. jurisdiction; if the applicant wishes to apply to a jurisdiction that does not require the SSN for licensure (There is a $10 fee that must be included with a test result (NCLEX-RN CANDIDATE REPORT with your picture) request). The applicant must contact other U.S. jurisdictions to inquire as to each jurisdiction’s licensure requirements. For a list of U.S. jurisdictions, please visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) official Web site.
I hope this post clarifies concern about California NCLEX ‘expiration’ and the SSN requirement. If you have questions don’t hesitate to drop a comment below.