NCLEX Forms for Texas

RN and LPN Licensure by Examination online application:

https://txapps.texas.gov/app/orig/index.jsp?AGENCY_NAME=bne&CONFIG_ID=BNE_EXAM&LICENSE_ID=01

RN and LPN Licensure by Examination paper applications:

LVN: https://www.bon.texas.gov/olv/pdfs/LVNexam.pdf
RN: https://www.bon.texas.gov/olv/pdfs/rnexam.pdf

  • Fee: $139.00.

  • Includes cost of the required Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Exam.

  • Fingerprinting and Criminal Background Check Fee: Varies

All fees are non-refundable.

Highlights:

  • Application forms for the state of Texas may be done online at the link given above or by submitting a paper application.
  • If you have any reportable criminal offense, including one pending appeal, you are not eligible to use the online application and must submit the paper application form.
  • To submit either 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 NCLEX. Applicants must register and pay separately for the exam by going to: www.pearsonvue.com.
  • Fingerprinting is required and may be submitted in either electronic or card format. The fingerprints will be used to conduct a criminal background check. The applicant is responsible for fees associated with fingerprinting services.
  • The state of Texas requires that all applicants pass the Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Examination. No permanent licenses will be issued until this is done.

As part of the application process, you must:

  • Register with Pearson Vue to take the NCLEX exam about thirty days prior to graduation.
  • Request verification that you completed a nursing program. Copy the Affidavit of Graduation form from the Board of Nursing website and request that your school's Dean or Director complete the affidavit and mail it directly to the Board of Nursing. The affidavit must be signed after graduation date.
  • Schedule an appointment for electronic fingerprinting, or order an FBI fingerprinting card (request form is found within the paper application).
  • Submit the online or paper application for Licensure by Examination along with the fee and any supporting documents. Paper applications and accompanying FBI fingerprint cards should be mailed to:
    Texas Board of Nursing
    333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
    Austin, Texas 78701
    • Take the Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Examination. Allow ten (10) days after submitting your licensure application before taking this exam. To access the examination, go here: https://www.bon.texas.gov/olv/je.html

    About the Electronic Fingerprinting Process:

    • Typically, applicants using the online form will use electronic fingerprinting and applicants using the paper form will use the FBI fingerprint cards.
    • If you are using electronic fingerprinting, allow three business days after submitting the online application before scheduling an appointment.
    • You may schedule an appointment with MorphoTrust USA. (Note: MorphoTrust USA charges a separate fee for this service.) To schedule an appointment online, go to: https://www.ibtfingerprint.com/state/?st=tx. To schedule by phone, call 1-888-467-2080.

    Licensing Process

    Once the application, fee, affidavit of graduation, fingerprints, and criminal background report have been received, the Board will determine if you are eligible to test.

    If you are eligible to take the NCLEX, you will receive an email verification from Pearson/Vue giving you the authorization to test (ATT) and instructions on scheduling the test.

    Upon receiving the ATT, you will have 75 days to take the exam.

    When passing NCLEX and Nursing Jurisprudence Examination results are received by the Board, you will receive a certificate stating you have passed.

    You must, then, go to the agency website at www.bon.state.tx.us  to access your license and complete an online verification.

    About Temporary Permits:

    • New RN or LVN graduates may practice as Graduate Nurses (G.N.) or Graduate Vocational Nurses (G.V.N.) before receiving NCLEX results.
    • Temporary authorization to practice is only given after the graduate has been found eligible to test.
    • The temporary permit is non-renewable and valid for 75 days.
    • Temporary permits can only be confirmed via the Board's website. Paper temporary permits are no longer issued.

    Accommodations:
    If you require special testing accommodations due to disability or religious conflict, you must fill out the Requesting Special Accommodations form found here: www.bon.state.tx.us/olv/forms.html . You should be aware that your application for special accommodations requires supporting documentation from a medical professional and may take some time to complete. The form should be submitted as early in the process as possible.

    Need More Information?
    Access the site for the Texas Board of Nursing here: http://www.bon.state.tx.us/