waiting period for pharm tech license in california?

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CHO in West Covina, California

56 months ago

me in Los Angeles, California said: Omg I was convicted of a felony and my pharmacy tech license was revoked in 2007 I want to petition the board to reinstate my license the felony has been expunged that was my only felony I have not been to jail prior to this incident or after I have completed all disciplinary obligates & fees ordered by the judge I had jobs since the conviction & is currently working my school loan for pharmacy school has also been paid do you think I can get my license back

How did you get in pharmacy school in the first place with a felony? If you got in after it was expunged, then why would you want your tech license back, when you are applying brand new to the board as a pharmacist with a clean record?

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PeeT in Morgan Hill, California

55 months ago

CHO in West Covina, California said: How did you get in pharmacy school in the first place with a felony? If you got in after it was expunged, then why would you want your tech license back, when you are applying brand new to the board as a pharmacist with a clean record?

Hello everyone. My state license lapsed and was unable to renew March of last year, so as consequence I have to apply like a new licensee =(

My name already has an assigned license number even though the current status "cancelled" (lapsed) in the board website. The "Self-Query" report requirement has a form in their website asking for a license and next to that form field is a ticker/checker option labeled "No License". Should I pick no license or enter my previously active license number? Their 800# is no help. Please please help me I need to help my sister and mother financially :(

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jCA in Oceanside, California

49 months ago

caliGem san diego said: I got mine this week after 6 months of waiting. I have a 10 year old misdemeanor on my record that slowed up the process i got a letter back in the end of august stating my app was going to the enforcement unit for review and it would take another 90 days at least and after waiting and missing out on employment opportunities I started emailing whoever I could and my license was approved within 2 weeks of my 1st email. Now I get to start my job at Kaiser right on time. Super ecstatic!!!

Hey caliGem. My application has been forwarded to the enforcement unit for review as well. Who did you email to get your application approved so quickly? Thanks!

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recode in San Francisco, California

49 months ago

Mailed my application in the middle of April, cleared last week. Also went through enforcement unit. I included a letter for the enforcement unit and provided few of my court documents. I'm thinking the additional paperwork helped with the processing time since they will have to look up the details of your case otherwise. I also corresponded with a person in the enforcement unit but I am not sure if that helped move things along.

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macn in San Francisco, California

46 months ago

I'm a little confused. For the self query, when you request one, it says that you will receive one in the mail and one electronically. You have to print out the electronic copy, have it notarized, and then send it to the data bank. They send you back that copy? So are you gonna receive two copies, the one they said they'll send you initially and the notarized one you sent them? Or do they not send a paper one until you send in your notarized copy?

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GoldenKuvasz in Alameda, California

46 months ago

They send you a sealed copy via snail mail. You should NOT open it. That way you don't have to have it notarized. You will be able to view it when it's ready as they will give you an Internet link via email. Hope this helps! Good luck!

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macn in San Francisco, California

46 months ago

so it doesn't have to be notarized? im confused because on the application it says "Practitioners are required to mail to NPDB-HIPDB a notarized copy of the SelfQuery request to a specified address. This copy can be printed, which the
practitioner prints out after filling the form out on-line"

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macn in San Francisco, California

46 months ago

i read some of the comments on this forum and people were saying they had their report notarized though

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GoldenKuvasz in Alameda, California

46 months ago

I didn't have to get it notarized. My copy was sealed therefore I didn't tamper with it.

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macn in San Francisco, California

46 months ago

oh I read the FAQ page. I think I got it. Did you verify your identity online? It says if you verify online, you don't have to get it notarized. I think that was where I was getting confused.

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Lofosho in Paradise, California

46 months ago

macn in San Francisco, California said: oh I read the FAQ page. I think I got it. Did you verify your identity online? It says if you verify online, you don't have to get it notarized. I think that was where I was getting confused.

I didn't have to verify my identity online. Just send the SEALED copy from the Data Bank to the BOP with your app. If you accidentally open it without thinking, the BOP will send you a deficiency letter. So just make sure whatever you do NOT to open your mailed copy. That's why they send you the e-mail version, so you can see the contents of the envelope you aren't allowed to open.

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WeThePeople in Simi Valley, California

46 months ago

It has been exactly 3 months since I sent the pharmacy technician application to the board. I emailed them yesterday, requesting status of the application. They have replied that my file has been forwarded for final review and my pharmacy technician license will be issued once approved. Does anybody know how long that usually takes?

Also, for those who are still waiting, I would have probably received my license sooner if not for the fact that I forgot to send them the Self-Data Inquiry. I received a letter from the Board about 2 months after sending the application stating that I had a deficiency in my application. I am very surprised that it took them 2 months to catch a missing document. So, make sure you send everything at the same time to avoid longer waiting period.

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WeThePeople in Westlake Village, California

46 months ago

Thought I would let everybody know. It took me exactly 3 months and 1 week to receive the license.

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kkno in Anaheim, California

41 months ago

illogic in Orange, California said: does anyone know the waiting period for pharm tech in california? it's been 2 months and i haven't receive my license or see me registered on the board of pharmacy.

3 months or longer. I moved to CA a few months ago and immediately fill out the application. Sent it off. Waited for a long 2 1/2 months. It shows i am registered on the website but haven't received my license yet. The board takes forever. I wish they would hire more help to solve this issue.

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kkno in Anaheim, California

41 months ago

WeThePeople in Simi Valley, California said: It has been exactly 3 months since I sent the pharmacy technician application to the board. I emailed them yesterday, requesting status of the application. They have replied that my file has been forwarded for final review and my pharmacy technician license will be issued once approved. Does anybody know how long that usually takes?

Also, for those who are still waiting, I would have probably received my license sooner if not for the fact that I forgot to send them the Self- Data Inquiry. I received a letter from the Board about 2 months after sending the application stating that I had a deficiency in my application. I am very surprised that it took them 2 months to catch a missing document. So, make sure you send everything at the same time to avoid longer waiting period.

That happened to me too. I sent in my application two months ago and just 2 weeks ago i received a letter from the board stating that I sent both of the Self-Data Inquiry and HS transcript not sealed and that it had a deficiency. I was pretty mad about it why it took them that long just to see those errors. Finally i had to re-do both of it. Now, the other day I checked I am register on the CA state Board but have not received my license.

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L_M in South El Monte, California

34 months ago

It's seems like the board is even further back logged .... It's been 4 months since my application was mailed (exactly 124 days, YES I'm counting) and still nothing they haven't responded to any of the emails I've sent either. It's a little frustrating!!

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Kathy3423 in Long Beach, California

34 months ago

L_M in South El Monte, California said: It's seems like the board is even further back logged .... It's been 4 months since my application was mailed (exactly 124 days, YES I'm counting) and still nothing they haven't responded to any of the emails I've sent either. It's a little frustrating!!

Just wondering how long does it take to cash your check? I sent my application not so long ago. Thanks!

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WeThePeople in Oak Park, California

34 months ago

Kathy3423 in Long Beach, California said: Just wondering how long does it take to cash your check? I sent my application not so long ago. Thanks!

They cash your check immediately! Then the wait game begins and if you are lucky, you will get your license within 3 months (at least it's like this in California) . Good luck to you

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Kathy3423 in los angeles, California

34 months ago

WeThePeople in Oak Park, California said: They cash your check immediately! Then the wait game begins and if you are lucky, you will get your license within 3 months (at least it's like this in California) . Good luck to you

Thank you for the info, I was concerned that my application might not have gotten there since I didn't send it with tracking. I just checked my checking account and they just cashed it!! Lol

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waiting for final review in Los Angeles, California

30 months ago

I just called the BOARD of Pharmacy. They told me that it went to the enforcement unit for final review. Anyone have any idea how long it takes? Any information will be helpful!!
For those who wondering,I sent my application overnight with return receipt.

They received it Nov 10 2014, & Just mailed out the letter today,Jan 15,2015. The operator was nice enough to tell me that the letter was sent to the enforcement board for review.

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L_M in South El Monte, California

30 months ago

waiting for final review in Los Angeles, California said: I just called the BOARD of Pharmacy. They told me that it went to the enforcement unit for final review. Anyone have any idea how long it takes? Any information will be helpful!!
For those who wondering,I sent my application overnight with return receipt.

They received it Nov 10 2014, & Just mailed out the letter today,Jan 15,2015. The operator was nice enough to tell me that the letter was sent to the enforcement board for review.

That's exactly what they told me in October and I'm currently waiting for it, I submitted my application on May 16. I was told by someone in the enforcement unit even if you've submitted all paperwork (included copies of police reports) they still request copies directly from the arresting agency and they might take a long time to comply. Once they receive the necessary paperwork from them it can take up to 90 days more to process because the review board is backed up.

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waiting for final review in Los Angeles, California

30 months ago

I was previously a tech. I dont have any convictions or outstanding tickets.I don't know what to expect now!!

Any suggestions?

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tryin to get back to Cali in Tucson, Arizona

30 months ago

Does anyone have the email address for the application status update? I have emailed them a month ago but am afraid I emailed the wrong address

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YBMatt in Torrance, California

24 months ago

Who's got an answer for the Self-Query report when filing one out. Short story I took an online course for pharmacy tech provided by a local community college and completed it, went after the PTCB exam and passed that, and now stuck filling the "Professional Schools Attended". I have no idea what to put in this section.

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Melissa in Visalia, California

24 months ago

Here's a timeline current for July 2015.

June 11th: called the board and was told they are no longer behind in processing applications. As long as your application is complete and record clean you should have your license in 30-45 days.

June 12th: Friday. Taking no chances with the mail, I drove to Sacramento and personally handed in my app.

June 18th: My check is cashed and my app moves on to the processing department. They say the apps move from the mail room > cashier's desk > processing department > enforcement department if necessary > final approval.

July 13th: Day 31. I call to ensure my app was processing smoothly and that the time frame was still 30-45 days. I don't necessarily recommend calling but I emailed the week prior and didn't get a response. Also I had a deadline fast approaching for a job in which the company was depending on me as I would be their only tech.
I find out that my application would have been processed that week but the livescan operator had left out information. I was told my app would be moving to the finger print analysis and it would take another 8-10 days.

July 14th: I took a risk and submitted a new livescan. Looking back it could have slowed things down. I faxed the new livescan to the board and prayed.

July 17th: Day 35. I call to verify my fax was received and find out my app was processed and approved. It is now in the final approval department. I was told it will post online no later than July 22nd.

And that's where I sit now, waiting 2 more days to see if it posts. I will update when it does. Even with my little hiccup it took 40 days from the moment I handed in the app. It would have been 33 days, add a couple extra days if mailing. Disclaimer though, I have been a tech for 15 years and was previously licensed in CA. That said, I was told that it had no effect on how quick/slow it would process.

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Melissa in Visalia, California

24 months ago

Continued from the previous post, since indeed seems to limit length.

TIPS TO ENSURE THINGS PROCESS AS SMOOTHLY AS POSSIBLE.

Make sure your application is complete. Then check again. Then repeat at least a dozen times. Overkill? Not according to the latest board statistics posted on their website. 54% of the apps they receive are deficient in some way, meaning somethimg was left out. Common mistakes include:
● Missing signatures or dates.
● Leaving out former names. Married, list your maiden last name. Done anything under a different name, list that as well. Your auntie called you BooBoo growing up, well maybe you shouldn't put that, but you get the point.
● That damn self query report. Luckily it is easier now to verify your identify online but it's still clear as mud as what you're supposed to do here. In filling out the initial information for the query don't fret if you don't have some of the things they ask for. If the field is required you wont be able to process your request. Otherwise skip questions like license #. DO NOT open the mailed copy they send you. If you're curious of what is on the report you can view in online. Make sure it's current. The board will reject it if it's over 60 days.
● Livescan. My mistake, going to the UPS store. I would recommend going to a police or sheriff station. They tend to be more competent. Again make sure it's current.

If your record is clean and you include everything you should have a license in under 45days.

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YBMatt in Torrance, California

24 months ago

What is about the Live Scan receipt I have to turn in? Is it the paper that says who did the Live Scan or the receipt showing how much I paid and the place where I did the Live Scan?

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Melissa in Visalia, California

24 months ago

YBMatt in Torrance, California said: What is about the Live Scan receipt I have to turn in? Is it the paper that says who did the Live Scan or the receipt showing how much I paid and the place where I did the Live Scan?

You need make 3 copies of the last page in the application packet. After all 3 are filled out (depending on where you go, you can just copy the completed form after your livescan) 1 stays with the person who did your livescan, 1 to the board and 1 is your copy. I highly recommend keeping your copy until you have your license.

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YBMatt in Torrance, California

24 months ago

Melissa in Visalia, California said: You need make 3 copies of the last page in the application packet. After all 3 are filled out (depending on where you go, you can just copy the completed form after your livescan) 1 stays with the person who did your livescan, 1 to the board and 1 is your copy. I highly recommend keeping your copy until you have your license.

I know that I have to submit the whole form of the Live Scan with the information of who completed it, but more specifically about the "receipt" it is talking of on page 3 of the whole application on how to submit it. I just printed the live scan form off the CA Board of pharmacy website with only one page specifying as request for Live Scan instead of a triplicate form with the carbon copy stuff. To specifically clarify, is the receipt they are asking the whole completed Live Scan form or is it the whole completed Live Scan form plus the piece of paper show proof of payment to the place I went to do the Live Scan at?

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firefly45 in Santa Rosa, California

22 months ago

I just sent in my application and received a letter that I needed to show prove of a criminal conviction. It was back in 2/1/05 Vandalism. I was arrested back in 2003, and the charge dropped to a felony vandalism, but I paid all restitution, and got everything expunged, and dismissed. I had to explain a letter as to why I did not disclose the information, and the charges, I did all that in a 3 page directed letter. I just said I was in a hurry with the application, and knew everything was expunged, and checked marked 'NO" I thought I was in the clear because the school did a back ground check, and found nothing, so in reality I thought I was in the clear. I did not put that part in the letter though. I just sent in my certified police reports, documents, and letter on the 9/14/15, Do you think I will still be cleared? It was an honest mistake? and over 10 years ago, but expunged in 2012. I can pass all employment background checks now! nervous. any ideas?

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L_M in South El Monte, California

22 months ago

It really depends on the person reviewing you file it is at their discretion ... I have a misdemeanor on my record and was denied my license I am currently in the appeals process ... Fill out everything they ask you for and DO NOT LIE. They request a full police report from the arresting agency so if you lie they will know.... Cooperate as much as possible with any paperwork they ask for. Best of luck to you!!

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firefly45 in California

22 months ago

Thanks, for your comment, yea the waiting game is tough. I really wish the school would have done the same back ground check! Mine is expunged and dismissed, in 2012..and the same charge in 2005 was 10 years ago. I was honest in my letter and gave them a certified copy of the police report, and court documents, all the charges, were dropped instantly expect the one. Long story, I am just trying to keep that glimmer of hope, It was funny though on the police report summary was only 2 sentences, long. Learned my lesson in life for sure.

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Cbolivar in Daly City, California

22 months ago

Hi guys,

I just passed the PTCE last wednesday and im reading the posts on how to register to Ca board of pharmacy. One of the requirements is a self query report. Do i need to wait for my certification number (to be mailed by PTCB), before I do self query or Can i already do the self query thing from NPDB?

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_perez in Madera, California

15 months ago

I sent in my pharmacy technician license application on march 18th and it was appoved and up on the site on april 15th. Process was fast and easy.

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rani in Fresno, California

10 months ago

Can we work during the time we are waiting for our license to be mail to us? Since takes a very long time to receive it?

Eve in El Cajon, California said: I drove to Sacramento to personally hand in my application because that's what one poster said to do. I was surprised when I arrived to see how small the office was. It looks the size of a normal business office. Just one receptionist manning the phone lines which explains why its so difficult to get through to a real person. I talked to the gal at the window and she says they are absolutely backlogged...Minimum 90 days and not to expect a license any sooner!

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Waiting in Sacramento, California

8 months ago

I live in Sacramento and have been to the office before. I was told that dropping off you application is no different than mailing. It will not speed up the process.

So here is my story....

I am also waiting for my application to be approved. I have already taken and passed the PTCB exam. What sucks is that in California, by law we cannot work as a tech UNTIL we have that license. Some places have Pharmacy Clerk positions, but that is really no different than being a front-end cashier at a place like Walmart or CVS. The only difference is you work in the pharmacy.

I mailed in my application through regular snail mail. I made sure to have EVERYTHING that was requested. Make sure to not open any transcripts or that National Self-Query Report from the National Practitioner Data Bank. Not following any of these instructions will only make your wait longer.

I can't remember the actual day I mailed my app, but the following week my check was cashed on November 7th. I know they said to give time and wait, but I can't help myself from checking the website daily for any update. Today makes it 1 whole month and as of yet, nothing. I have been told recently that some of my classmates received theirs in about 30-45 days.

It would have been very helpful if the school that I attended could have thrown in the application fees with our tuition and helped us get a head start so that we would be licensed by the time we graduated. It is annoying to have career services constantly bugging, wondering how our job searching is going. If anything, job searching is depressing since I am not qualified for the positions that I want to apply for. Until licensed, I am only qualified for regular jobs that require little to no education.

I regret taking the PTCB exam so soon. Since it takes 30 days plus for the license, I recommend scheduling the exam after you submitted your application. Maybe it will help keep your mind off of it for a while.

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Waiting in Sacramento, California

8 months ago

I meant my check was cashed on October 7th not November

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Waiting in Sacramento, California

8 months ago

Cbolivar in Daly City, California said: Hi guys,

I just passed the PTCE last wednesday and im reading the posts on how to register to Ca board of pharmacy. One of the requirements is a self query report. Do i need to wait for my certification number (to be mailed by PTCB), before I do self query or Can i already do the self query thing from NPDB?

You can go ahead and complete all the instructions to get your application submitted. I didn't have my certification number verified when I submitted my application either. Being certified is not a requirement. I would send out the application as soon as you can since it takes so long to be processed.

Remember that you also have to wait for the self query report to mailed to you before you can submit the application. ***And be sure to leave it sealed. Do not open it***

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Ryan in San Diego, California

6 months ago

I am currently registered and licensed as a pharmacy tech in the state of MN. I applied for registration in California and 3 months later they advised that it was sent to an enforcement department because something came up on my criminal history. I called to check the status a couple times but no-one was able to provide a timeframe of any information other than to wait. At month 4 I received a letter advising of a DWI I had 15 years ago requesting a letter of explanation including the detailed certified court documents. I didn't add this history on my application because this hasn't ever showed up on any of the live scans or other criminal background checks I've had done. The board wants me to provide the court documents, an explanation of why I didn't include this on my initial application. Any advise?

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firefly45 in Florida

6 months ago

Hi, Just go ahead and send in all appropriate documents. that happened to me as well. I sent in everything on the list with a letter of explanation as why I forgot , or did not report it. they will send you or license. Be sure to state the clearance date and that there are NO current charges anywhere. I got my license, no problem after I sent in all the paperwork, and court documents. Good Luck.

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No longer waiting in Sacramento, California

6 months ago

I also had a DWI around 14 years ago. I had to go to the state court website to find information about it. I included the case number & dates in the provided area on the application. I did not send any other paper work in regards to it. My application was submitted in late September. In mid November, I got a letter saying it was submitted to the Enforcement Unit. I freaked out because it said it could take another 3 months. The letter wasn't clear whether I needed to submit more info so I emailed the unit and "appstatus" addresses with questions. 2 weeks later, it was cleared. The entire process took just about 3 months. I don't know if the emails did anything. The "appstatus" address didn't even respond until after my app was cleared.

You can try saying because of the time that went by, you didn't know you needed to mention it or just completely forgot, but if I remember correctly it did say to list all drug & alcohol offenses. If you can just at least get the case info, I'm sure that can help speed up the process.

With your case being sooooo old and over with, they will clear it eventually. That's the process of the state for ya.... slow.

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