How Long Will It Take to Get My Nursing License Back?

Losing your medical license can feel like the end of your career. Although all healthcare workers can suffer from the detrimental effects of losing their licenses, nurses can be under the most scrutiny.


Common criminal convictions that cause a loss of license are defined as “substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a medical professional that constitutes unprofessional conduct which can be cause for disciplinary action.” Other convictions relating to embezzlement, theft, and failure to report abuse can also cause you to lose your nursing license. If you’re not sure of the severity of your conviction, consult with a professional license defense attorney.


If your license was surrendered or revoked because of professional misconduct, you will have to wait at least three years to petition and have your medical license reinstated. If your license was surrendered or revoked due to mental or physical illness, you can file a petition for reinstatement at least one year later. It’s important to also note that you may not be eligible to petition for reinstatement of your nursing license if you are currently under sentencing for a crime, on probation, or on parole. Working with an experienced nursing license defense attorney can help you understand how and when you can be reinstated.

Related Article: 3 Actions That Can Help Reinstate Your Medical License

If your nursing license has been revoked, our team at Unlock Legal can help take the weight off your shoulders. We have experience with the California Board of Registered Nursing and can help you get your career back on track.

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If you fear your professional license is in jeopardy, please don’t hesitate to reach out for a quick, discreet, and confidential consultation. Know that with us, you are in great hands. Unlock Legal provides focused representation in criminal defense, and license defense for California licensed professionals. 

Contact Unlock Legal today or give us a call at your convenience at 949-988-4444 to speak with a professional about your case and your unique needs. You’ll find we are compassionate, easy to talk to, and willing to help in any capacity we can. Losing your license doesn’t have to be the end of your career.

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