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There are two methods for an applicant to apply to the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) to take the NCLEX-PN® and NCLEX-RN® through the State of Texas.

  1. Online or
  2. Paper submission

Online Procedures

Step Action
1

Carefully review this information page and the Licensure Eligibility section.

  1. Do you need to answer “Yes” to any of the eligibility questions? If yes, you cannot apply online and must follow the instructions to apply by paper. See below.
  2. Did you graduate outside the United States and you do not have a social security number? If yes, you cannot apply online and must follow the instructions to apply by paper. See below.
  3. Do you have a United States social security number? If no, you will need to apply by paper (See below.) and follow the instructions for international graduates (see number 9, below).
2

Complete the Online Examination Application. Print a copy of the receipt page for your records.

3

Criminal Background Check

Fifteen business days after the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has received your application, submit your fingerprints to MorphoTrust (IdentoGo). A criminal background check must be completed through the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) based on the set of fingerprints you provide to MorphoTrust. The BON cannot accept fingerprint cards or criminal background check results mailed by you. The BON cannot accept results that were completed for another facility, even if the previous check was completed through the DPS and the FBI. The following information will assist you in completing the fingerprinting process:

For applicants residing outside Texas: For applicants residing in Texas:
  1. Log on to the ldentoGO website, http://www.identogo.com or call 1-888-467-2080. The instructions on the Fast Pass labeled "Applicants residing outside of Texas" will assist you. Print this form.
  2. Obtain a standard FBI fingerprint card from the BON, a local law enforcement agency, an embassy, or an IdentoGo Service Center near you. You can visit http://www.identogo.com or call 1-888-467-2080 to locate an IdentoGo service center in your area to obtain an ink card for submission.
  3. Locate a fingerprinting service in your area.
  4. Obtain a complete, legible set of your fingerprints on the approved fingerprint card from the fingerprinting service. The cost for obtaining an ink card may vary and is not included in the Texas Background check fee. Cards must be mailed to IdentoGO. Complete this information on the fingerprint card. Print it legibly.
    • last name (including all alias names)
    • first name (including all alias names)
    • middle name (including all alias names)
    • sex
    • race
    • date of birth, and
    • Social Security Number.
  5. Sign the fingerprint card. Please note: IdentoGo Service Centers outside the state of Texas cannot submit fingerprints electronically for a Texas background process.
  6. Register your ink card submission by logging on to the IdentoGO website, http://www.identogo.com or by calling 1-888-467-2080. If you are scheduling by phone, please request an “Electronic Fingerprint Submission.” You will not schedule a fingerprint appointment; you are only registering your ink card submission. When registering your submission, You will be prompted by ldentoGO for the following additional personal data:
    • date of  birth
    • sex
    • race
    • ethnicity
    • skin tone
    • height
    • weight
    • eye color
    • hair color
    • place of birth, and
    • home address.
  7. Sign the FAST Pass form
  8. Write your registration identification number (RegID) on the FAST Pass form. Please print legibly. Requested data is required by the Texas Department of Public Safety to process your background check. All the information requested on the form is required.
  9. Mail the Fingerprint Card and FAST Pass to:
    MorphoTrust USA
    Attn: Texas Card Scan
    3051 Hollis Drive, Suite 310
    Springfield, IL 62704
  1. Log on to the ldentoGO website, http://www.identogo.com or call 1-888-467-2080. Use the instructions on the Fast Pass labeled “Applicants residing in Texas” to schedule your appointment. Print the Fast Pass form. If you are scheduling by phone, request an "Electronic Fingerprint Submission" appointment. You will be prompted by ldentoGO for the following additional personal data:
    • date of  birth
    • sex
    • race
    • ethnicity
    • skin tone
    • height
    • weight
    • eye color
    • hair color
    • place of birth, and
    • home address.

      Requested data is required by DPS and the FBI to process the background check.
  2. Complete all necessary fields on the attached FAST Pass.
  3. Take the FAST Pass to your appointment along with valid, state issued identification (example: driver’s license). During the fingerprint appointment, you will be prompted for your Social Security Number and Driver License Number. You will also be required to have your photograph taken at the time of the appointment. Once the appointment is completed, you will be provided with a signed receipt which includes the Tracking Control Number (TCN). Please retain this receipt for your records. The fingerprints, demographic information, and photograph will be sent to DPS for processing. Once the background check is completed, the Criminal History Record Information, based upon the fingerprint submission, will be provided electronically to the BON via a secure website account.

    Note: MorphoTrust (IdentoGO) cannot transmit electronic submissions from MorphoTrust sites located outside the state of Texas. If you are located outside the State of Texas, then follow the directions to the left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Texas Board of Nursing does not make judgments regarding the fingerprints that are submitted. Occasionally the DPS and/or the FBI will notify the BON that the fingerprints submitted were not usable and/or readable and therefore have been rejected. You will be notified if a rejection has been received and another set of fingerprints is required. The BON can only submit a request to initiate a name search on your behalf if our office has received two (2) quality rejections from the FBI. A rejection for any other reason (i.e. smudging, impressions too light, etc.) would not count toward this requirement.

4

Thirty days prior to graduation, register with Pearson Vue (third party vendor who administers the exam) to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) at www.vue.com/nclex. Cost is $200.

5
You must pass the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination prior to being issued an authorization to test (ATT) for the NCLEX® examination. Instructions on taking the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination:
  1. File an examination application with the Texas Board of Nursing
  2. Wait fifteen business days
  3. While you wait, prepare for the exam. We recommend that you:
    1. view a copy of the Nursing Practice Act (NPA) and Board Rules and Regulations on our website. You may also purchase a hard copy of the NPA and Rules and Regulations by downloading the Publications Order Form from our website. The books will be mailed within fifteen business days of the Board receiving the completed form and appropriate fee.
    2. take the online jurisprudence prep course on the Board's web site. This course is voluntary and contains information about the NPA and Rules and Regulations of the Texas BON.
  4. After fifteen business days, follow the instructions to log on and complete the online nursing jurisprudence exam. The examination takes a maximum of two hours in length. If you are not successful in passing the examination or if the system locks up, you may retake the examination again after 24 (twenty-four) hours have elapsed from the previous attempt. The cost of the examination is included in your application fee.
6

When you graduate from an approved school of nursing, Texas schools of nursing will submit an online affidavit of graduation directly to the BON. Did you graduate outside the State of Texas? If yes, print the affidavit of graduation (LVN or RN) from the BON website. Request that your school of nursing dean/director complete the affidavit and mail it directly to the BON.

7

After the BON receives your:

  1. application
  2. fees
  3. criminal background check
  4. passing result of the Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Exam, and
  5. affidavit of graduation, the BON will access the registration system of Pearson/Vue to see if you have registered to take the exam. If you have registered with Pearson/Vue, the BON will deem you eligible to take the NCLEX®. Pearson/Vue will send you an email verification giving you the authorization to test (ATT) and instructions on scheduling the test. Your ATT is valid for 75 days from the ATT start date to take the exam. If you are eligible for a graduate nurse (GN) or graduate vocational nurse (GVN) permit, the permit will be posted online within five working days of deeming you eligible to take the exam.
8

Take the exam. The BON will receive your results from Pearson/Vue within five working days after you take your test. Upon successfully passing the NCLEX®, you will receive a certificate. To access your license, you must go the agency website at www.bon.texas.gov and complete an online verification. You can print the verification as proof of licensure. If you are unsuccessful on the NCLEX®, you will receive a diagnostic profile providing you feedback on your performance on the exam.

9
International Candidates - to be eligible to take the NCLEX®, you will need the following:
  1. Each of these:
    1. a completed Application by NCLEX® Examination
    2. all fees
    3. a completed criminal history report
    4. proof of passing scores of English Proficiency exam (if program was not conducted in English). If your nursing program was conducted in a Language other than English, you must provide proof of English Proficiency. The Board accepts any one of these:
      • the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a passing score of 560 paper based or 220 computer based
      • the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet based test (iBT) with a minimum passing score of 83
      • receipt of both the Test of Spoken English (TSE) with a minimum score of 50 and the Test of Written English (TWE) with a minimum score of 4.0, or
      • the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a passing standard of an overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all of the four modules.
    5. an original Credential Evaluation Service (CES) Full Education course-by-course report sent directly from an approved organization. The Board accepts the CES from any one of these:
      • the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) www.cgfns.org
      • the Educational Records Evaluation Service, Inc. (ERES) www.eres.com, or the
      • the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF) www.ierf.org.
        Note: The CES must be dated within one year of issuance by the certification organization.
    6. a Verification of Licensure (VOL) form from all countries, states, provinces, and/or territories where you hold or have held a license. The VOL must come directly from the licensing authority and must bear the authority’s official seal. The VOL is only valid for one (1) year after it is signed and sealed by the licensing authority.
      *Note: the CES Full Education course-by-course report will contain your original country of licensure’s VOL.
  2. Follow the instructions provided on Criminal Background Checks (See 3 under Online Procedures, above.)
  3. All international applicants must provide proof of working in nursing for a period totaling two (2) years (i.e. 24 months) at any time after graduation from a nursing program. If you have not worked at least two (2) years as a first level, general nurse within the four (4) years preceding the filing of the application, you will not be licensed until you complete a Foreign Educated Nurse (FENS) refresher course consisting of 120 hours of classroom instruction and 120 hours of clinical practice under direct supervision of a Registered Nurse. If you are required to take the FENS refresher, you will be given a six (6) month permit to complete the refresher course.

Paper Procedures

Step Action
1

Access the Paper Examination application from the BON website. Click on:

whichever is appropriate. Print the application which contains the application procedures. At the same time you print the application, you may order an FBI fingerprint card. Once you order an FBI fingerprint card, it should be mailed within ten business days. If you are unable to print the Paper Examination application from the agency website, please call the BON customer service team at (512)305-7400 and request an application packet which will be mailed within ten business days.

2

If you answer YES to any eligibility questions on the Paper Examination application, include a statement explaining the events of the incident(s). Include official court documents that show the disposition of the incident(s).

The paperwork will be submitted for initial review to the Operations Department within fifteen business days after the BON receives all of these:

This initial review can take up to 30 days. If it is determined that the issue being reported to the BON meets the criteria for opening a case according to our current rules, you will be required to pay a $150.00 review fee. Your file will be transferred to our Enforcement Department for review once the payment is received. This review may take a minimum of four months. The BON will not approve an applicant for permanent licensure until a decision has been rendered by our Enforcement Department.

3

Mail the paper application along with items in step 2 and $125 fee to the:

Texas Board of Nursing
333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460
Austin, Texas 78701

4

Criminal Background Check

Fifteen business days after the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has received your application, submit your fingerprints to MorphoTrust (IdentoGo). A criminal background check must be completed through the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) based on the set of fingerprints you provide to MorphoTrust. The BON cannot accept fingerprint cards or criminal background check results mailed by you. The BON cannot accept results that were completed for another facility, even if the previous check was completed through the DPS and the FBI. The following information will assist you in completing the fingerprinting process:

For applicants residing outside Texas: For applicants residing in Texas:
  1. Log on to the ldentoGO website, http://www.identogo.com or call 1-888-467-2080. The instructions on the Fast Pass labeled "Applicants residing outside of Texas" will assist you. Print this form.
  2. Obtain a standard FBI fingerprint card from the BON, a local law enforcement agency, an embassy, or an IdentoGo Service Center near you. You can visit http://www.identogo.com or call 1-888-467-2080 to locate an IdentoGo service center in your area to obtain an ink card for submission.
  3. Locate a fingerprinting service in your area.
  4. Obtain a complete, legible set of your fingerprints on the approved fingerprint card from the fingerprinting service. The cost for obtaining an ink card may vary and is not included in the Texas Background check fee. Cards must be mailed to IdentoGO. Complete this information on the fingerprint card. Print it legibly.
    • last name (including all alias names)
    • first name (including all alias names)
    • middle name (including all alias names)
    • sex
    • race
    • date of birth, and
    • Social Security Number.
  5. Sign the fingerprint card. Please note: IdentoGo Service Centers outside the state of Texas cannot submit fingerprints electronically for a Texas background process.
  6. Register your ink card submission by logging on to the IdentoGO website, http://www.identogo.com or by calling 1-888-467-2080. If you are scheduling by phone, please request an “Electronic Fingerprint Submission.” You will not schedule a fingerprint appointment; you are only registering your ink card submission. When registering your submission, You will be prompted by ldentoGO for the following additional personal data:
    • date of  birth
    • sex
    • race
    • ethnicity
    • skin tone
    • height
    • weight
    • eye color
    • hair color
    • place of birth, and
    • home address.
    • Sign the FAST Pass form
    • Write your registration identification number (RegID) on the FAST Pass form. Please print legibly. Requested data is required by the Texas Department of Public Safety to process your background check. All the information requested on the form is required.
    • Mail the Fingerprint Card and FAST Pass to:
      MorphoTrust USA
      Attn: Texas Card Scan
      3051 Hollis Drive, Suite 310
      Springfield, IL 62704
  1. Log on to the ldentoGO website, http://www.identogo.com or call 1-888-467-2080. Use the instructions on the Fast Pass labeled “Applicants residing in Texas” to schedule your appointment. Print the Fast Pass form. If you are scheduling by phone, request an "Electronic Fingerprint Submission" appointment. You will be prompted by ldentoGO for the following additional personal data:
    • date of  birth
    • sex
    • race
    • ethnicity
    • skin tone
    • height
    • weight
    • eye color
    • hair color
    • place of birth, and
    • home address.

      Requested data is required by DPS and the FBI to process the background check.
  2. Complete all necessary fields on the attached FAST Pass.
  3. Take the FAST Pass to your appointment along with a valid, state issued identification (example: driver’s license). During the fingerprint appointment, you will be prompted for your Social Security Number and Driver License Number. You will also be required to have your photograph taken at the time of the appointment. Once the appointment is completed, you will be provided with a signed receipt which includes the Tracking Control Number (TCN). Please retain this receipt for your records. The fingerprints, demographic information, and photograph will be sent to DPS for processing. Once the background check is completed, the Criminal History Record Information, based upon the fingerprint submission, will be provided electronically to the BON via a secure website account.

    Note: MorphoTrust (IdentoGO) cannot transmit electronic submissions from MorphoTrust sites located outside the state of Texas. If you are located outside the State of Texas, then follow the directions to the left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Texas Board of Nursing does not make judgments regarding the fingerprints that are submitted. Occasionally the DPS and/or the FBI will notify the BON that the fingerprints submitted were not usable and/or readable and therefore have been rejected. You will be notified if a rejection has been received and another set of fingerprints is required. The BON can only submit a request to initiate a name search on your behalf if our office has received two (2) quality rejections from the FBI. A rejection for any other reason (i.e. smudging, impressions too light, etc.) would not count toward this requirement.

5

Thirty days prior to graduation, register with Pearson Vue (third party vendor who administers the exam) to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) at www.vue.com/nclex. Cost is $200.

6

You must pass the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination prior to being issued an authorization to test (ATT) for the NCLEX® examination. Instructions on taking the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination:

  1. File an examination application with the Texas Board of Nursing
  2. Wait fifteen business days
  3. While you wait, prepare for the exam. We recommend that you:
    1. view a copy of the Nursing Practice Act (NPA) and Board Rules and Regulations on our website. You may also purchase a hard copy of the NPA and Rules and Regulations by downloading the Publications Order Form from our website. The books will be mailed within fifteen business days of the Board receiving the completed form and appropriate fee.
    2. take the online jurisprudence prep course on the Board's web site. This course is voluntary and contains information about the NPA and Rules and Regulations of the Texas BON.
  4. After fifteen business days, follow the instructions to log on and complete the online nursing jurisprudence exam. The examination takes a maximum of two hours in length. If you are not successful in passing the examination or if the system locks up, you may retake the examination again after 24 (twenty-four) hours have elapsed from the previous attempt. The cost of the examination is included in your application fee.
7

When you graduate from an approved school of nursing, Texas schools of nursing will submit an online affidavit of graduation directly to the BON. Did you graduate outside the State of Texas? If yes, print the affidavit of graduation (LVN or RN) from the BON website. Request that your school of nursing dean/director complete the affidavit and mail it directly to the BON.

8

After the BON receives your:

  1. application
  2. criminal background check, and
  3. affidavit of graduation, the BON will access the registration system of Pearson/Vue to see if you have registered to take the exam. If you have registered with Pearson/Vue, the BON will deem you eligible to take the NCLEX®. Then Pearson/Vue will send you an email verification 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. If you are eligible for a graduate nurse (GN) or graduate vocational nurse (GVN) permit, the permit will be posted online within five working days of deeming you eligible to take the exam.
9

Take the exam. The BON will receive your results from Pearson/Vue within five working days after you take your test. Upon successfully passing the NCLEX® and the nursing jurisprudence examination (See 6, above.), you will receive a certificate. To access your license, you must go the agency website at www.bon.state.tx.us and complete an online verification. You can print the verification as proof of licensure. If you are unsuccessful on the NCLEX®, you will receive a diagnostic profile providing you feedback on your performance on the exam.

10

International Candidates - to be eligible to take the NCLEX®, you will need the following:

  1. Each of these:
    1. a completed Application by NCLEX® Examination
    2. all fees
    3. a completed criminal history report
    4. proof of passing scores of English Proficiency exam (if program was not conducted in English). If your nursing program was conducted in a Language other than English, you must provide proof of English Proficiency. The Board accepts:
      • the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a passing score of 560 paper based or 220 computer based
      • the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet based test (iBT) with a minimum passing score of 83
      • receipt of both the Test of Spoken English (TSE) with a minimum score of 50 and the Test of Written English (TWE) with a minimum score of 4.0, or
      • the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a passing standard of an overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all of the four modules.
    5. an original Credential Evaluation Service (CES) Full Education course-by-course report sent directly from an approved organization. The Board accepts the CES from the:
      • Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) www.cgfns.org
      • Educational Records Evaluation Service, Inc. (ERES) www.eres.com, or the
      • International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF) www.ierf.org.
        Note: The CES must be dated within one year of issuance by the certification organization.
    6. a Verification of Licensure (VOL) form from all countries, states, provinces, and/or territories where you hold or have held a license. The VOL must come directly from the licensing authority and must bear the authority’s official seal. The VOL is only valid for one (1) year after it is signed and sealed by the licensing authority.
      *Note: the CES Full Education course-by-course report will contain your original country of licensure’s VOL.
  2. Follow the instructions provided on Criminal Background Checks (See 3 under Online Procedures, above.)
  3. All international applicants must provide proof of working in nursing for a period totaling two (2) years (i.e. 24 months) at any time after graduation from a nursing program. If you have not worked at least two (2) years as a first level, general nurse within the four (4) years preceding the filing of the application, you will not be licensed until you complete a Foreign Educated Nurse (FENS) refresher course consisting of 120 hours of classroom instruction and 120 hours of clinical practice under direct supervision of a Registered Nurse. If you are required to take the FENS refresher, you will be given a six (6) month permit to complete the refresher course.

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