How to apply for a Nursing License

Applying for an initial license online is convenient and easy, requiring only a few simple steps:


o     1. Complete the Online Examination Application  for Licensure by Texas Board of Nursing.  Application fee $139.  Begin process 90-120 days before graduation.  WBU anticipated graduate nurses:  Apply beginning April & May for August Graduation and October & November for February Graduation.   Remember to print a copy of the receipt page for your records. If all requirements are met, a Graduate Nurse (GN) temporary license will be issued within ten business days of BON receipt of the NCLEX test results directly from NCLEX.


o     2.  Complete required fingerprinting. L-1 Identity Solutions, (formerly known as Identix), offers Live Scan locations in Texas. In order to be eligible for an electronic fingerprint submission, allow three business days to elapse before scheduling an appointment with L-1 Identity Solutions. You may schedule an appointment online or by phone at 1-888-467-2080. This also has a fee (approx. $10).  The BON  (no charge currently) will conduct a required criminal background check (CBC). The CBC is processed by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).


o     3.   After you receive an eligibility number from BON, . Register and pay  (Fee $200) for the NCLEX examination with Pearson VUE.  (Additional information the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®)    National Counsel of State Boards of Nursing licensure examinations to test the entry-level nursing competence of candidates for licensure NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN administered with the contractual assistance of a national test service. Computerized testing similar to ATI. 


o     4.  After you receive eligibility number from BON you will be provided a web address to access the jurisprudence examination.   Pass the required Texas nursing jurisprudence examination.  An optional online jurisprudence prep course (fee is $25.00 for a three-week access) is on the Board's web site must pass this examination prior to being issued a permanent license.  The cost of the examination is included in your $139 initial exam/license fee. Again, you must pass the jurisprudence examination before the Texas Board of Nursing will issue the permanent license.


o     Note:  the school will automatically provide the BON affidavit of graduation, which constitutes the verified completed requirements from an approved school of professional nursing.



o     Eligibility Issues.  Applicants must be able to answer "No" to the following questions in order to use the online application.  All other applicants may download a complete application packet. Review of applicants with eligibility issues can take three (3) to six (6) month to complete.  Those with issues must complete the Declaratory Order Form Adobe Acrobat PDFpdf  .  For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:

A. been convicted of a misdemeanor?
B. been convicted of a felony?
C. pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
D. received deferred adjudication?
E. been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
F. been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? court-ordered confinement?
G. been granted pre-trial diversion?
H. been arrested or have any pending criminal charges?
I. been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
J. been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgment/punishment/action?

(You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations.)

NOTE: Expunged and Sealed Offenses: While expunged or sealed offenses, arrests, tickets, or citations need not be disclosed, it is your responsibility to ensure the offense, arrest, ticket or citation has, in fact, been expunged or sealed. It is recommended that you submit a copy of the Court Order expunging or sealing the record in question to our office with your application. Failure to reveal an offense, arrest, ticket, or citation that is not in fact expunged or sealed, will at a minimum, subject your license to a disciplinary fine. Non-disclosure of relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character.

NOTE: Orders of Non-Disclosure: Pursuant to Tex. Gov’t Code § 552.142(b), if you have criminal matters that are the subject of an order of non-disclosure you are not required to reveal those criminal matters on this form. However, a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure may become a character and fitness issue. Pursuant to other sections of the Gov’t Code chapter 411, the Texas Nursing Board is entitled to access criminal history record information that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure. If the Board discovers a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure, even if you properly did not reveal that matter, the Board may require you to provide information about any conduct that raises issues of character.

  • Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?
  • Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a license, certificate or multi-state privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined you?
  • Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?
  • Within the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or borderline personality disorder?
  • Fill out Declaratory Order Declaratory Order Form Adobe Acrobat PDFpdf  from Website so BON can make a decision on testing.  Best to do at beginning of program.  Enclose court documents and explanation.  Board can charge an extra $150 for your application process if the issue is complex.