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Hi everyone! I'm confused about the whole situation with transferring a pharmacist license to California/no reciprocity, and I've been searching everywhere for clear answers. I currently live in NJ and just passed the NAPLEX - I'm thinking of moving to California in the future, so I just want to make clear what the steps are in getting a license in CA?

1. Does CA really not allow for reciprocity? I looked at the CA BOP's instruction and application pdf (https://www.pharmacy.ca.gov/forms/rph_app_pkt.pdf) and there's a section for a license transfer application if CA is not your primary state, so I'm confused if CA actually does/doesn't allow for reciprocity.

2. If a do a score transfer for CA now, work in NJ for a couple of years, and then decide to move to CA -- is that score transfer still good and I can still apply for a CA license?

Thank you for your help!

Sine Cura

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Supposedly the score transfer doesn't expire but there is a limited time to pay for a score transfer after you take NAPLEX.
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It depends on your situation. If you’re not a licensed pharmacist at any state yet, you’ll have to apply as a brand new pharmacist in California. You’ll have to pass both the Naplex and the CPJE. Fill out and follow the entire application form.
If you’re already a licensed pharmacist in a state other than California, then you’ll have to apply for a pharmacist license through reciprocity. You don’t have to retake the Naplex but you still have to pass the CPJE.
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Score transfer for the NAPLEX portion is good forever... you apply to the CA BOP as a new applicant, but only select the CPJE portion on the application.

Currently the CA BOP is not accepting any applications for CPJE nor releasing scores as they found a possible compromise of their recent exams.
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