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California Board of Registered Nursing Ink Fingerprinting by Mail Instructions

This comprehensive article will provide an easy-to-follow guide on the Out of State instructions for obtaining a fingerprint-based background check to satisfy the requirements of the California Department of Justice.


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ALL nurses looking to obtain a license, renew a license, or apply for reciprocity of a license will be REQUIRED to submit fingerprints to the California Department of Justice, which they will keep on file after the examination.


With that in mind, as an application being subjected to a national fingerprint check for noncriminal purposes, you have certain rights that will protect your information, including the guarantee that the results of the criminal record check will ONLY be used for authorized purposes.


If you are unable to visit one of the physical locations to have your fingerprints taken via California Livescan Vendor, there is a Manual Fingerprint Process option for California Board of Registered Nurses. An applicant may mail a fingerprint card to meet the California Department of Justice and Board of Registered Nursing requirements.


CSO | 501 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, California | Contact

CSO | 140 Tony Diaz Drive, Woodland, California 95776 | Contact

CSO | 137 North Perris Blvd, Perris, California 92570 | Contact

SO | 5555 Giant Highway, Richmond California 94806 | Contact

CSO | 21356 Avalon Blvd, Carson, California 90745 |Contact

PD | 17780 Arrow Blvd, Fontana, California 92335 | Contact


Filling out the FD-258 Fingerprinting Card


FD-258 cards are commonly rejected due to a poor-quality card or improperly inking your fingerprint onto the paper, elongating the process, and potentially leading to a denied application.

We recommend having your fingerprints taken from a reliable source of experts, such as Colorado Spring Fingerprinting.


Colorado Spring Fingerprinting is ALWAYS in stock with high-quality fingerprinting cards, which can be used to satisfy the California Department of Justice fingerprint requirements for nurses.


Mandatory Information to be included on your fingerprint card:


· Full legal name (including aliases).

· Complete mailing address

· Citizenship

· Date of Birth

· Personal Demographic (sex, race, height, weight, eye color, hair color, place of birth)

· Signature in the designated section


NOTE** DO NOT fold the completed fingerprint card when sending it in.


Mailing in the Hard Card (FD258) to the California Board of Registered Nursing



"Please do not fold the fingerprint card. Please use a 9” X 12” envelope to return your completed fingerprint card with fee. Write “DO NOT FOLD” on the envelope. If your card is folded, you may be required to complete and submit a new fingerprint card...


The current fingerprint processing fee for DOJ and FBI is $49.00 and is payable to the “California Board of Registered Nursing” by check or money order. Failure to include the required fee will cause significant delays in the Board submitting hard cards to the DOJ...


This processing fee is not refundable and is subject to change by the DOJ and FBI without notice. Please mail your completed card, and fee if applicable, to:


California Board of Registered Nursing

1747 N. Market Blvd, Suite 150

Sacramento, CA 95834


PLEASE NOTE: WHEN USING FINGERPRINT CARDS, IT CAN TAKE THE BOARD OF REGISTERED NURSING 45 DAYS OR MORE TO RECEIVE RESULTS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND FBI.


Get Fingerprinted by an Authorized Fingerprint Location in Colorado Springs, CO


The easiest method is booking an appointment at Colorado Springs Fingerprinting to help complete your FD-258 card. Additionally, booking service for two ink fingerprinting cards ensures the California Department of Justice and California Board of Registered Nurses has a second copy of fingerprints in case one of the cards is rejected.





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