Respiratory Care Board of California

License Renewal FAQ's

When does my license actually expire?

If you fail to renew your license on or before your expiration date, your license will expire at midnight on the date of expiration.

How soon can I renew my license?

Approximately 75 days before your license expiration date, a renewal notice with detailed instructions will be mailed to your address of record, and your license will eligible for renewal via the online BreEZe system.

How do I renew my license?

You are encouraged to renew online at, using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express cards. Upon completion of the transaction, you can print a receipt that will serve as confirmation of your license renewal, and your license record will be immediately updated with your new expiration date, provided there are no renewal deficiencies. Licensees who renew online generally receive their renewed pocket license within a week of their online payment.

If you choose to renew via mail instead of using the online BreEZe system, you are encouraged to submit your completed renewal application at least 30 days prior to your license expiration date to ensure the timely receipt of your renewed license.

The renewal asks whether I have been convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any crime; do I need to report a speeding ticket(s)?

No, you are not required to report minor traffic infractions such as speeding or stop sign violations. However, you are required to divulge traffic infractions that involved the use of drugs or alcohol.

How long will it take to process my renewal?

If you renew your license via the BreEZe online system, your license will be updated immediately and you will generally receive your renewed pocket card within a week.

If you opt to renew by mail, please be advised that the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) estimated time for posting the receipt of renewal payments is 15 working days. As DCA processes thousands of renewal applications for all boards/bureaus, it is nearly impossible to confirm if a renewal application has been received until the payment is posted (approximately 3 weeks). When renewing by mail, licensees should anticipate at least 30 days before the renewed license will be mailed. As such, licensees are encouraged to renew online to avoid delays.

What if I renew after the expiration?

Licensees submitting a late license renewal application will be assessed a delinquent fee and may be subject to the issuance of a citation and fine if unlicensed practice occurred during the period the license lapsed.

When will I receive my renewed pocket license?

Once you have met all renewal requirements, your renewed pocket license will be mailed to your address of record. Licenses renewed online are generally mailed within a week, while licenses renewed via mail are generally mailed within 30 days.

Can I continue to practice even though I have not received my renewed pocket license?

Once your license has expired, you do not have the authority to practice respiratory care until the Board receives and processes your renewal application (i.e. completed renewal form, required CEUs, and all applicable fees) and your license is renewed.

Pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 121, if you mail your completed renewal form on or before your license expiration date, you may continue to practice even though you have not received your renewed pocket license. However, this is at the discretion of your employer.

Employers are encouraged to verify the status of all Respiratory Care Practitioner licenses. Licenses can be verified 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Licensing records are updated throughout the day for those licenses renewed online.

What is the most common cause for delay when renewing a license?

The most common cause for delay when renewing a license is the omission of information (this is more common with renewals that are mailed as the online system helps to ensure all required information is captured). To avoid a delay when renewing via mail, make sure your renewal application is complete. Carefully read the instructions and provide all required information, and submit it along with your fee. Failure to provide required information on a license renewal application results in a "hold" being placed on the license. These "holds" result in substantial delays, and cannot be removed until all deficiencies have been rectified.

What is the Law & Professional Ethics course, and how will I know if the Law & Professional Ethics course is due for my current renewal period?

The Law and Professional Ethics Course is a course designed to inform licensed RCPs of the expectations put upon them as professional practitioners in the State of California, and is required to be taken by all RCPs during every other renewal cycle. The Law and Professional Ethics Course covers:

  • Obligations of licensed respiratory care practitioners to patients under their care;
  • Responsibilities of respiratory care practitioners to report illegal activities occurring in the work place; and
  • Acts that jeopardize licensure and licensure status.

The course must be taken through the California Society for Respiratory Care (CSRC) or the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). Before deciding which course to take, licensees are encouraged to visit each provider’s web site to review additional information pertaining to the administration of each course. Each applicant can then select the course provider that best meets his/her individual needs. You can access the CSRC’s course at or the AARC’s course at

If you are required to take the course as part of your renewal, there will be a section on your renewal notice requesting you to provide information regarding which course you successfully completed, as well as the date of completion. You can confirm whether or not the course will be required as part of your next renewal by checking your license status online at

Please note: the Law and Professional Ethics Course is worth 3 non-clinical CEUs.

This is my first time renewing, do I need to complete any continuing education units (CEUs)?

Yes, all licensees are required to complete CEUs as part of license renewal. If this is your first time renewing, you are currently required to complete a minimum of 9 CEUs. For each subsequent renewal, you will be required to complete a minimum of 15 CEUs.

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

Each person holding a license shall file, in writing, with the Board his or her proper and current mailing address within 14 days. You can renew your license in real time via the online BreEZe system. You can also provide a written change of address via mail or fax, which must include your previous address, your new address, and your signature.

To process a name change you must submit acceptable documentation to the Board’s office. Acceptable documentation includes a copy of a marriage certificate or divorce decree (a copy of a driver license or social security card IS NOT considered acceptable documentation).

I was arrested and/or convicted for a crime, how do I report this to the Board? What will happen to my license?

To report an arrest or conviction, you must complete a Licensee Mandatory Reporting Form and send it to the Board via mail or fax OR complete an online report through the BreEZe website.

Once a report is filed, the Board will open an investigation and you will be notified of the outcome once the investigation is complete. For more information regarding penalty determination guidelines, please visit the Denial/Discipline Information page at: Denial/Discipline Information.

I received a Notice of Citation in the mail but I cannot pay the citation and fine in full by the due date, what can I do?

California Code of Regulations section 1399.380(d) requires all fines to be paid in full within 120 days. However, if you are experiencing a documented financial hardship, please contact the Board at 916.999.2190.