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Nursing Licensure: Applications Instructions & Verification

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Due to the high volume of application materials received by our office, please allow at least 4 weeks for processing the initial application prior to contacting our office for status information and an additional three weeks after receipt of the criminal background check in addition to the 4 week time frame. If the Board requires additional information upon reviewing your application materials, our office will contact you via email with a request for additional documentation. Please make sure that you include a valid email address on your application. We appreciate your patience during this time as the board is working on getting your materials processed as quickly as possible.

Applications and Instructions

The Eight Steps of the NCLEX

In conjunction with the release of the 2013 NCLEX Candidate Bulletin, NCSBN updated the Eight Steps of the NCLEX, which provides brief, helpful information on candidate registration, scheduling, eligibility, identification requirements and results processing. It is important that these steps be shared with nursing students as they provide a very clear overview of the process to take the NCLEX. Here are the eight steps of NCLEX:

1. Apply for licensure with one board of nursing (BON).

2. Register and pay $200 with Pearson VUE via the Internet, telephone or by U.S. mail.

3. Receive an Acknowledgement of Receipt of Registration from Pearson VUE.

4. The BON makes you eligible in the Pearson VUE system.

5. Receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) letter from Pearson VUE. Candidates must test within the validity dates. There are no extensions.

6. Schedule an exam appointment via the Internet (by accessing your online account) or by telephone at 1.866.496.2539 (international scheduling can only be done via telephone).

7. Arrive for exam appointment and present your ATT letter and acceptable identification (ID). The only acceptable forms of ID for test centers in the U.S., American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and U.S. Virgin Islands are:
* U.S. driver’s license (Department of Motor Vehicle-issued; if expired, a renewal slip that includes a photograph and a signature must be presented as well);
* U.S. state identification (Department of Motor Vehicle-issued);
* U.S. military identification; or
* Passport.
The only acceptable form of ID for international test centers is a passport.

8. Receive results from the BON approximately four weeks after the exam.