NCLEX Forms for Washington State

Licensure by Examination Applications:



RN Application Fee: $88.00
Includes the $16.00 surcharge for the University of Washington (UW) HEAL-WA website required by 2007 legislation, and the $5.00 nursing center surcharge.

LPN Application Fee: $ 92.00
Includes the $5.00 nursing center surcharge.

Fingerprint Processing Fee: $32.50 (only for out-of-state applicants and when requested by the board)

Fees are non-refundable and payable to "Department of Health".


  • Applications for the state of Washington are submitted on paper. You must print, complete and mail the application found at the link above.
  • Fingerprints and a federal criminal background checks are only required from out-of-state applicants and select Washington-based applicants. The Board will notify Washington-based applicants if they need to submit fingerprints.
  • 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:

As part of the application process, you must:

  • Register with Pearson Vue to take the NCLEX exam. You must do this during the last semester of your nursing program and before sending in the licensure application.
  • Request that an official transcript showing the graduation date and the degree obtained be sent directly to the Board from you nursing school.
  • Confirm that the director of your nursing program has sent an electronic Certificate of Completion to the Board office. Out-of-state applicants may use the Out-of-State Nurse Program Certificate of Completion Form which is included in the application packet to request the certification from their nursing program's director.
  • Submit the application form along with the fee and any additional supporting documents.

Licensing Process

Once the application, fee, fingerprints, and supporting documents have been reviewed, the Board will determine if you are eligible to test.

If you are eligible to take the NCLEX, you will receive an authorization to test (ATT) and instructions on scheduling the test.

When passing NCLEX results are received by the board, a license will be issued.

About Temporary Permits:
Temporary permits, are only issued to out-of-state applicants who are awaiting federal criminal background check results. Applicants must have met all other licensing requirements. Permits are valid for 6 months and non-renewable.

If you require special testing accommodations due to disability, you may contact the Nursing Commission at:
Phone number: 360-236-4700
Fax number: 360-236-4738
Email address: [email protected]

Need More Information?
Access the site for the Washington Nursing Commission at: