NCLEX Forms for South Carolina

Application for Licensure by Examination

RN/LPN Online Application:

RN Licensure Application: $90.00
LPN Licensure Application: $70.00
Fingerprint/Criminal Background Check Processing Fee: $51.50

All fees are non-refundable and payable to LLR, Board of Nursing.


  • Application forms for the state of South Carolina should be submitted online. If in-person (paper) application is requested, an additional $25.00 fee is required.
  • Applicants must have a valid Social Security Number or permanent resident card; a resident alien who does not have a social security number must have an alien identification number.
  • Fingerprints and criminal background checks are required.
  • Submitting the application for licensure by examination does NOT register you for the NCLEX exam. Applicants must register and pay separately for the exam by going to:

As part of the application process you must:

  • Register to take the NCLEX with Pearson Vue.
  • Request an official school transcript (out of state only). Transcripts should be sent directly from the Registrar's office to the Board.
  • Make a copy of your official birth certificate (hospital copies are not accepted), or a valid passport demonstrating that you are eighteen years of age or older.
  • Print and submit the Certificate of Endorsement page of the South Carolina Application for Licensure by Examination to your program director for completion. The Certificate of Endorsement should be mailed directly from the school to the Board of Nursing.
  • Make an appointment to have your fingerprints taken.

Fingerprinting Process

Applicants must use the state's selected vendor, IdentoGO by MorphoTrust. Go to or call 1-866-254-2366 for assistance in scheduling your background check.
You will be required to give an ORI number. This number lets the vendor know which organization is requesting the background check. The ORI used for nursing licensure in South Carolina is:  ORI # SC920112Z.
South Carolina applicants will need to show one (1) form of identification, usually a South Carolina Drivers License.

Do not submit fingerprint cards or fingerprint processing fees to the Board.

Licensing Process
Once you are registered for the exam and the application, fee, fingerprints and supporting documentation have been reviewed, the Board will determine your eligibility to test.

Applicants who are deemed eligible to test will receive an Authorization To Test (ATT) notification directly from the testing service. The ATT letter will include information regarding scheduling the examination. 

When passing examination results are received by the Board, a license will be issued.

About Temporary Permits

Temporary permits are only issued to nurses seeking licensure by endorsement. 

Candidates with Disabilities:
If you require special accommodations during the exam email the Board at: [email protected] or call(803) 896-4550

Need More Information?

Access the site for the South Carolina Board of Nursing here: