RN and LPN Licensure by Examination online application: https://ww2.doh.state.fl.us/DOHInitialApp/CreateAccount.aspx?Board=8017
RN and LPN Licensure by Examination paper application: ww10.doh.state.fl.us/pub/bon/ApplicationsForms&Matrices/Final_Exam_Application.pdf
Application forms for the state of Florida should be submitted online at the link given above. Paper applications are also accepted.
If you use a paper application you may fill it out on the computer, but you must print it, sign it (no typed signatures are accepted) and mail it in.
To submit the application you will need: A valid Social Security number, and a physical mailing address.
Submitting the application for licensure by examination does NOT register you for the exam. Applicants must register and pay separately for the exam by going to: www.pearsonvue.com.
As of January of 2013 the state of Florida requires electronic fingerprinting. Non- electronic fingerprint cards are no longer accepted.
The state of Florida requires that you complete a Florida-approved 2 hour course in the Prevention of Medical Errors. This course may have been included in your nursing curriculum. If you have not completed this course, you will not be authorized to test. You may search for courses to satisfy this requirement through CE Broker at https://www.cebroker.com/public/pb_index.aspx
As part of the application process, you must:
About the Electronic Fingerprinting Process:
Once the application, supporting documents, and criminal background report have been received, the Board will determine if you are eligible to test.
When you have been notified that you are eligible to test, you may schedule your examination.
You must take the NCLEX within 90 days after receiving the "Eligibility to Test" notification.
Once passing test results are reported to the Board of Nursing, licensure is issued within 7-10 days.
New RN and LPN graduates may practice as Graduate Nurses (G.N.) or Graduate Practical Nurse (G.P.N.) before taking the NCLEX only if they have received approval from the Board of Nursing. This approval is given after the application for licensure and supporting documents have been reviewed, and you have been found eligible to test.
If you require special testing accommodations due to disability or religious conflict, you must fill out the Application for Special Testing Accommodations found here: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/exam/spectest.htm. This is in addition to the application for licensure by examination submitted to the Board of Nursing. You should be aware that your application for special accommodations must be submitted 60 days prior to the examination date.
Access the site for the Florida Board of Nursing here: http://www.floridasnursing.gov/