Respiratory Care Board of California

Applicant FAQ's

How do I obtain a license?

Once I've filed my application, how long before I am issued a work permit?

Once I've paid my initial licensing fee, how long before my license is issued?

How long do I have to complete the application process?

How do I report a change of name and/or address?

How can I appeal the denial of my application?

Applicant FAQ's

Once I've filed my application, how long before I am issued a work permit?
A work permit is issued for a period of 90 days, generally within 10 days from the time the Board receives:

  • A complete application;
  • Fingerprint clearance, or if criminal, disciplinary or substance abuse exists, the Board's Enforcement Unit must determine that a work permit may be issued;
  • Verification of graduation or certification of upcoming graduation by program director which is completed on the front of the Application for Licensure form; and
  • Verification of your credential if you have already taken and passed the CRT or RRT examination(s).

Once I've paid my initial licensing fee, how long before my license is issued?
Following receipt of your initial licensing fee, you should receive a license number in less than 2 weeks.

How long do I have to complete the application process?
Pursuant to California Code of Regulations section 1399.321, each applicant shall have one year from the time his or her initial application is received by the Board, to meet the licensure requirements and complete the application and initial licensure process. If the application and initial licensure process is not completed within the one-year period, the application shall be deemed abandoned.

How do I report a change of name and/or address?
Each person holding a license or any person with an application for licensure pending , shall file, in writing, with the Board his or her proper and current mailing address, and shall give written notice within 14 days, to the Board at its sacramento office. Your written request must include your previous address, your new address, and your signature. The Board office will accept requests received by mail or fax. You can also provide your address change electronically by clicking on the link below:

In order to process a name change you must submit acceptable documentation which includes a copy of a marriage certificate or divorce decree (a copy of a driver license or social security card is NOT Acceptable documentation).

How can I appeal the denial of my application?
If your application is denied, you have a right to a hearing under Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 11500) of part 1 Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code if a written request for a hearing is made within sixty (60) days after service of the notice of denial (service is effective the date of mailing of the notice). Unless a written request for a hearing is made within the 60-day period, the right to a hearing is deemed waived. All hearing requests must be sent by registered mail to ensure receipt by the Board.