California NCLEX Registration and RN Licensure Information

California NCLEX Registration and RN Licensure Information


This article provides instructions for WGU students registering for the NCLEX-RN and applying for RN licensure in California. Begin these steps when you start the Role Transitions course.


You should apply for licensure and exam eligibility no less than two weeks before your anticipated graduation. Studies show that graduates who take the NCLEX exam shortly after graduation are more likely to pass on their first attempt.


Before Graduation Steps to Register for the NCLEX-RN by Examination in California


Review state requirements and application instructions

View online here



Apply online for the California RN license by examination via BreEZe


The name on your application must match your ID and WGU degree. You will not be permitted to test if your name does not match.

Name of Registered Nursing Program

A5392 – Western Governors University BSN Program

End Date

Leave blank

Graduation Date

Enter your best estimate

School Address

2900 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite 201

Santa Ana, CA 92704

Attach passport-sized photo

Passport photos can be taken at CVS, Walgreens, RiteAid, FedEx, UPS, etc.

Attached completed Live Scan background check form

Live Scan will contact you with instructions to schedule your background check

Pay the application fee

Due upon submittal

E-mail application receipt to WGU CA State Director

E-mail receipt to Dr. Alice Martanegara,


Register for NCLEX-RN via Pearson VUE


The name on your registration must match your ID. You will not be permitted to test if your name does not match.

School Code

WGU’s California school code is US04501900

School Location

Santa Ana, California

Pay the exam fee

Due upon submittal of registration


Review NCLEX -RN preparation documents

The NCSBN provides exam preparation materials

Candidate bulletin, Eight Steps of the NCLEX, NCLEX Passing Standard, and Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT)


Review application status

Log in to your BreEZe account to view status and any deficiencies



Complete the above steps prior to graduation. Once you have graduated, follow the steps below to schedule your exam and receive your RN license.


After Graduation Steps to Schedule the NCLEX-RN and Obtain Licensure in California


Submit WGU Endorsement

Submitted by WGU to the CA Board of Registered Nurses (BRN)

Once you have graduated, your Program Mentor will send notification to the WGU State Director of Nursing (SDON), who will then submit an endorsement and transcripts to the CA BRN


Receive Authorization to Test (ATT)

E-mailed to you from the CA BRN

The CA BRN will review your application materials once it has received the endorsement from WGU. The CA BRN will then e-mail you an ATT that will allow you to schedule your exam

Send notification of ATT to your Program Mentor and the WGU SDON



Schedule the NCLEX-RN

Using your ATT, schedule the exam

Your success rate is greater the sooner you take the exam after graduation 


Receive Exam Results

The CA BRN will e-mail your results to you

If you did not pass, you will receive instructions to register for the exam again

Send notification of passage of the NCLEX to your Program Mentor and the WGU SDON



Receive RN License

Once you have passed the NCLEX-RN exam, the CA BRN will issue your RN license



Contact your Program Mentor with any questions about this process.



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