• Certifications and Licenses
  • RN - Texas

    • Compact State
    • Participates in NURSYS
    • Renewal every two years

    Overview

    The Texas Board of Nursing (TBON) governs nursing licenses in the State of Texas. Over 369,000 registered nurses held a Texas nursing license in May 2022.

    About

    TBON stopped taking paper applications for Texas nursing licenses on May 29, 2020, and fully transitioned to an online application system on June 15, 2020. The Texas Nurse Portal allows applicants to apply for nurse licensure by examination, endorsement, or renewal.

    The process to earn a Texas nursing license is lengthy and includes completing the appropriate education, application, testing, fingerprinting/background checks, and paperwork. The Board of Nursing sets nurse licensure requirements and relevant fees. It is also responsible for overseeing and maintaining the resources on their website, containing licensing information and other nursing-related resources in a centralized location.

    Licensure by Endorsement

    To be eligible for licensure by endorsement, you must have graduated from an approved RN program, taken the appropriate U.S. exam, and have either worked in nursing or have taken the U.S. NCLEX exam sometime in the previous four years prior to the application.

    Nurse endorsement application 

    The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) will issue a one-time, 120 day, temporary license (if you are eligible) within fifteen business days of receipt of the completed application and fee.

    To be eligible for licensure by endorsement, you must have:

    1. graduated from an approved registered nurse (RN) program

    2. taken the appropriate U.S. exam

    3. have either worked in nursing or have taken the U.S. NCLEX exam sometime in the previous four years prior to the application

    A nurse, who has not practiced nursing in another state within the four years immediately preceding their request for licensure by endorsement, must first complete a refresher course or extensive orientation.

    There are two methods by which a Nurse may apply for a license with the Texas Board of Nursing (BON): 1) Online or 2) Paper. Upon receiving your application, criminal background check, verification from all states, territories, countries, and/or provinces, and passing the nursing jurisprudence examination, your application will be reviewed for a permanent nursing license. Processing time for the review is within fifteen (15) business days of receipt of the last item that completed your application. For more information on the endorsement process, please see our page on endorsement.

    Note: If you have previously held a Texas nursing license, you are not eligible to apply by endorsement. You should either renew or reactivate the Texas license you once held.

    Verification of License(s)

    The BON must receive a verification of licensure from all:

    • states

    • US territories

    • provinces, and/or

    • countries 

    where you hold or have ever held a nursing license, even if the license was never used, is inactive, delinquent, or invalid.

    If you hold or have held a license in any state, go to the national Nursys database to complete a verification request, and pay the appropriate fee. Once you complete that process, the Texas BON will have access to the needed license verification report. (View a list of the participating states.)

    If you hold or have held a nursing license from a state/nursing jurisdiction that does not participate in the NURSYS database. You must submit the BON Verification Licensure Form (LVN / RN) to that state and request a verification to be sent directly to Texas. You will need to contact the individual state/nursing jurisdiction for information regarding their exact procedure and the required fee.

    Note: A copy of the nursing license is not considered to be an official verification.

    Texas RN Licensure by Exam

    Graduate nurses must apply for Texas nursing licensure by exam. All applicants must provide evidence of completing an approved registered nursing education program and an official transcript if educated outside of Texas.

    1. Carefully review this information page and the Licensure Eligibility section.

    2. 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. 

    3. 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.

    4. Do you have a United States social security number? If not, you will need to apply by paper and follow the instructions for international graduates (see number 9, below).

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

    6. A criminal background check (CBC) must be completed through the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) based on a set of fingerprints provided to MorphoTrust. Ten business days after the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has received your application, submit your fingerprints to MorphoTrust (IdentoGo). If you are a STUDENT APPLICANT, who has not undergone the CBC process, you must contact your prospective nursing program instead of following this process.

    7. Thirty days prior to graduation, register with Pearson VUE (third party vendor that administers the exam) to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Cost is $200.

    8. You must pass the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination prior to being issued an authorization to test (ATT) for the NCLEX examination.

    9. File an examination application with the Texas Board of Nursing

    10. Wait fifteen business days

    11. While you wait, prepare for the exam. They recommend that you:

    12. view a copy of the Nursing Practice Act (NPA) and Board Rules and Regulations on the website.

    13.  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.

    14. 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.

    15. 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 from the BON website. Request that your school of nursing dean/director complete the affidavit and mail it directly to the BON.

    16. After the BON receives your:

    17. Application

    18. Fees

    19. Criminal background check

    20. Passing result of the Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Exam, and an

    21. 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.

    22. 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 to the agency website 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.

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

    24. Completed “Application by NCLEX Examination”

    25. All fees

    26. A completed criminal history report

    27. Proof of passing scores of the English Proficiency exam (if the 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:

    28. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a passing score of 560 paper-based or 220 computer-based

    29. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test (iBT) with a minimum passing score of 83

    30. 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

    31. 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.

    32. The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a passing standard of an overall score of 55 with a minimum of 50 in each of the four modules.

    33. An original Credential Evaluation Service (CES) Full Education Professional report. The Board accepts CES reports from any one of these providers:

    34. The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)

    35. The Educational Records Evaluation Service, Inc. (ERES)

    36. Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants (JS&A)

    37. Note: The CES report must be dated within one year of issuance by the certification organization.

    38. 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.

    39. Follow the instructions provided on Criminal Background Checks (See 3 under Online Procedures, above.)

    40. An applicant must have worked within the 4 years preceding the filing of the examination application AND be within 4 years of their date of eligibility to sit for the NCLEX. For purposes of the NCLEX, the date of eligibility is defined as the issuance date for the initial Authorization to Test (ATT).

    Texas RN Licensure for Foreign Educated Nurses

    All applicants must submit a credential evaluation from an approved evaluator, such as CGFNS. Applicants for licensure as a Registered Nurse who have not taken the NCLEX-RN exam must pass the CGFNS exam prior to taking the NCLEX exam and must obtain the required credentials evaluation from CGFNS.

    Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools 3600 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651 (215) 349-8767

    If you are a foreign graduate, you will need an official copy of the CGFNS Certificate and CES Professional Report, which indicate education to be equivalent to an approved program. 

    International candidates will need the following:

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

    1. A completed Application by NCLEX Examination

    2. All fees

    3. C completed criminal history report

    4. Proof of passing scores of the English Proficiency exam (if the 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:

    5. the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a passing score of 560 paper-based or 220 computer-based

    6. the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based test (iBT) with a minimum passing score of 83

    7. 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

    8. 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.

    9. the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a passing standard of an overall score of 55 with a minimum of 50 in each of the four modules.

    10. An original Credential Evaluation Service (CES) Full Education Professional report. The Board accepts CES reports from any one of these providers:

    11. The Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)

    12. The Educational Records Evaluation Service, Inc. (ERES)

    13. Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants (JS&A)

    14. Note: The CES report must be dated within one year of issuance by the certification organization.

    15. 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.

    16. Note: the CES Full Education course-by-course report will contain your original country of licensure’s VOL.

    17. Follow the instructions provided on Criminal Background Checks (See 3 under Online Procedures, above.)

    18. An applicant must have worked within the 4 years preceding the filing of the examination application AND be within 4 years of his/her date of eligibility to sit NCLEX. For purposes of the NCLEX, the date of eligibility is defined as the issuance date for the initial Authorization to Test (ATT). International nurses need credential evaluation as well as verification of licensure. If the professional nursing program was in a language other than English, the nurse will need to provide English proficiency scores (TOEFL, IELTS, TSE, or PTE). If the candidate has not worked as a first-level general nurse for at least two of the four preceding years, the candidate will need to take a Foreign Educated Nurse refresher course. The candidate will first take the NCLEX.

    Temporary Nurse License in Texas

    A new graduate who completes an approved nursing education program within the United States, its territories, or possessions and who applies for initial licensure by examination in Texas may be temporarily authorized to practice as a graduate nurse (GRN) or graduate vocational nurse (GVN) pending results of examination rules and regulations 217.3. To receive temporary authorization of practice the following must be submitted:

    • completed application

    • have no outstanding eligibility issues

    • have never taken the appropriate NCLEX

    • have registered to take the NCLEX

    The temporary permit is valid for six months and cannot be renewed.

    Graduate nurses who have already failed the NCLEX will not be granted temporary authorization to practice. Nurses who have not practiced nursing for four more years may be issued a temporary permit for the limited period of completing a refresher course or extended orientation. A nurse’s license that has been suspended, revoked, or surrendered due to action by the Board may be issued a temporary permit for the limited purpose of meeting any requirements imposed by the Board to have the license reissued Rules and Regulations 217.3

    NCLEX Registration

    You must register during your last quarter/semester of your nursing education program. You may register online or by phone at 1-866-49NCLEX

    Applicants must pay a $200 registration fee to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. This fee won’t be refunded for any reason and must be paid by a VISA, MasterCard, or American Express credit, debit, or prepaid card. Should an applicant fail the exam and retake it, another $200 fee applies.

    ADA Accommodations for the NCLEX Examination

    To request ADA accommodations for the NCLEX examination, you will need to submit the following documentation with your application: 1. A letter from the diagnosing physician stating the diagnosis and recommended accommodations. 2. A letter from the school stating the diagnosis and accommodations granted while enrolled in the nursing education program. 3. A letter from yourself stating the diagnosis and requested accommodations.

    Renewal

    Information on Texas RN License Renewal

    The BON will send a license renewal notice at least 30 days before the license expires. Ensure your address and contact information are correct to receive the renewal notice. You cannot renew more than two months before the expiration date. An unexpired license can be renewed by payment to the BON before the license's expiration date.

    A renewed license card must be available for employer inspection by January 1 of the new license period. It is illegal to practice nursing after your license has expired.

    Continuing competency requirements must be completed within the last two years before the expiration date of the license. Those requirements will be discussed in detail later in this course.

    When you apply for or renew your license, you are required to report any criminal behavior in your past and any pending criminal charges against you, including adjudicated or probationary action. While some criminal incidents don't result in a conviction, the incident should still be reported to the BON. A minor Class C traffic violation does not need to be reported. You can refer to the BON rules to determine what counts as a crime. Falsifying information to the BON can be more damaging than the original criminal behavior.

    Some nurses will be selected to be audited for compliance with continuing nursing education requirements or a criminal background check. The proof of CNE must be received in the office, and the background check must be completed before the license can be renewed.

    You can renew online at the BON website. If your license has expired or you are not eligible for online renewal, you can download a paper form at the BON website. You are not eligible to renew online if any of the following conditions are met:

    1. The Nurse has defaulted on a Texas guaranteed student loan.

    2. The Nurse has not met the mandatory continuing nursing education (CNE) requirements and/or has been selected for a CNE Audit. Proof of continuing nursing education must be received in our office for the license to be released or renewed.

    3. The Nurse has been selected for a Criminal Background Check, and the process has not been completed.

    4. The Nurse is recognized as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and has not met the mandatory APRN audit requirements. Proof of current national certification for each type of approved recognition must be received in our office for the license to be released for renewal.

    5. The Nurse's primary state of residence is a compact state other than Texas. 

    6. The license number and/or last four digits of the Social Security Number entered do not match the information on the Boards files.

    Your eligibility to renew your license may be impaired for any criminal offense, including those pending appeal. This may include but is not limited to:

    • Been convicted of a misdemeanor

    • Been convicted of a felony

    • Pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty

    • Received deferred adjudication

    • Been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether adjudicated guilty

    • Been sentenced to serve jail or prison time or court-ordered confinement

    • Been granted pretrial diversion

    • Been arrested or have any pending criminal charges

    • Been cited or charged with any violation of the law

    • Been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of military judgment, punishment, or action

    You do not report Class C misdemeanor traffic violations nor offenses previously disclosed to the BON.

    Continuing Education Requirements

    To renew your license, you must:

    1. Complete 20 contact hours of continuing nursing education (CNE) within the two years immediately preceding license renewal. OR

    2. Achieve, maintain or renew an approved national nursing certification in the nurse's area of practice.

    All nurses must complete at least two hours of CNE relating to Nursing Jurisprudence and Nursing Ethics before the end of every third licensing period. Certification does not meet this CNE requirement, but it is counted toward the total of 20 CNE 

    All nurses whose practice includes older adults or geriatric populations must complete at least two hours of CNE every renewal period. These hours count toward the 20 CNE. Certification related to the older adult or geriatric populations that the BON approves will fulfill this requirement.

    To check your eligibility for renewing your license, please review the following questions:

    1. Have you ever had any disciplinary action on a nursing license or a privilege to practice in any state, country, or province?

    2. Do you have an investigation or complaint pending on a nursing license or a privilege to practice in any state, country, or province?

    3. Have you, in the last 5 years, been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?

    4. For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:(You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations or offenses previously disclosed to the Texas Board of Nursing on an initial or renewal application.) Been arrested and have a pending criminal charge? Been convicted of a misdemeanor? Been convicted of a felony? Pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty? Received deferred adjudication? Been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty? Been sentenced to serve jail, prison time, or court-ordered confinement? Been granted pretrial diversion? Been cited or charged with any violation of the law? Been subject of a court-martial, Article 15 violation, or received any form of military judgment/punishment/action? 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, 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. 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. However, a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure may become a character and fitness issue. Pursuant to 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 and fitness.

    5. Have you ever had any licensing (other than a nursing license) or regulatory authority in any state, jurisdiction, country, or province revoked, annulled, canceled, accepted surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew or otherwise discipline any other professional or occupational license, certificate, nurse aide registration or multi state privilege to practice that you held?

    6. Are you currently suffering from any condition for which you are not being appropriately treated that impairs your judgment or that would otherwise adversely affect your ability to practice nursing in a competent, ethical, and professional manner?

    7. Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?

    8. Are you currently a participant in an alternative to discipline, diversion, or a peer assistance program? (This includes all confidential programs) NOTE: Any positive response will remain confidential and not subject to public disclosure unless required by law.

    9. Have you ever been granted the authority to practice nursing in any country, state, province, or territory? NOTE: This does not apply to any nursing license(s) issued by another US state or territory, excluding Puerto Rico. If you were licensed in Puerto Rico, you should be answering yes.

    Nurses with a Texas license, who practice in an emergency department must complete two hours CNE related to forensic evidence collections within two years of the initial date of the nurse's employment in an emergency department. Additional information about this requirement can be found in Rules and Regulation, 216.3(d).

    CNE program must be approved by one of the following BON recognized credentialing agency or an affiliated entity :

    Proof that a course provider is approved by one of these credentialing agencies should be readily apparent on any course advertisement or on the website if on the internet. Proof of successful completion of CNE must be maintained for six years.

    Academic education courses that are part of a curriculum that leads to an academic degree in nursing or a course directly relevant to the licensee's area of nursing practice can be used to meet CNE. Proof of successful completion is an official transcript showing a grade of C or better or a pass on a pass/fail grading system.

    The following activities do not meet continuing education requirements for licensure renewal:

    1. Basic Life Support (BLS) or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses

    2. Nursing refresher courses. Programs designed to up-date knowledge or current nursing theory and clinical practice, which consist of a didactic and clinical component to ensure entry-level competencies into nursing practice, are not accepted for CNE credit

    3. Orientation programs. A program designed to introduce employees to the philosophy, goals, policies, procedures, role expectations, and physical facilities of a specific workplace are not acceptable for CNE credit

    4. Courses that focus upon self-improvement, changes in attitude, self-therapy, self-awareness, weight loss, and yoga

    5. Economic courses for financial gain, like investments, retirement, preparing resumes, and techniques for a job interview

    6. Courses which focus on personal appearance in nursing

    7. Liberal art courses in music, art, philosophy, and others when unrelated to patient/client care

    8. Courses designed for laypeople

    9. Self-directed study is an educational activity wherein the learner takes the initiative and the responsibility for assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the activity, including, but not limited to:

    10.  academic courses that are audited, or that are not directly relevant to a licensee's area of nursing practice, or that are prerequisite courses such as mathematics, physiology, biology, government, or other similar courses are not acceptable; and

    11. authorship.

    12. Continuing Medical Education (CME), unless completed by an APRN in the APRN's role and population focus area of licensure. One contact hour equals 50 minutes of education and 0.5 contact hours equals 25 minutes. A contact hour is not equivalent to a continuing education unit (CEU). A contact hour is the current term of measure for CNE. You might find the old term CEU used occasionally. One contact hour equals 0.1 CEU and 10 contact hours equals one CEU.

    Requirements

    Following is a list of requirements:

    • Completed application containing all the data requested

    • Verification of graduation from an approved nursing education program that are certified from the nursing program director 

    • Pass the appropriate NCLEX exam within four years of completion of requirements for graduation

    • FBI fingerprint print card provided by the Board for a complete criminal background check

    • Passage of jurisprudence exam approved by the Board.

    You must pass the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination prior to being issued a permanent license. There is a time limit imposed on each attempt; failing to complete the exam within two hours is considered exam failure.

    Instructions for taking the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination:

    1. File an endorsement application with the Texas Board of Nursing

    2. Wait fifteen business days

    3. While you wait, prepare for the exam. We recommend that you:

    4. view a copy of the Nursing Practice Act (NPA) and Board Rules and Regulations on our website.

    5. take the online jurisprudence prep course on the Board's website. This course is voluntary and contains information about the NPA and Rules and Regulations of the Texas BON.

    6. 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, 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.

    The Uniform License Requirements

    The eNLC (newer NLC) has specific licensure requirements referred to as Uniform Licensure Requirements (ULRs). To be eligible for a Texas State license, licensees must meet the following criteria:

    1. Meets the requirements for licensure in the home State (State of residency)

    2. a. Has graduated from a board-approved education program or  b. Has graduated from an international education program (approved by the authorized accrediting body in the applicable country and verified by an independent credentials review agency)

    3. Has passed an English proficiency examination (applies to graduates of an international education program not taught in English or if English is not the individual’s native language)

    4. Has passed an NCLEX-RN Examination

    5. Is eligible for or holds an active, unencumbered license (without active discipline)

    6. Has submitted to state and federal fingerprint-based criminal background checks 

    7. Has not been convicted or found guilty or has entered into an agreed disposition of a felony offense under applicable state or federal criminal law

    8. Has no misdemeanor convictions related to the practice of nursing (determined on a case-by-case basis) 

    9. Is not currently a participant in an alternative program

    10. Is required to self-disclose current participation in an alternative program 

    11. Has a valid United States Social Security number

    FBI Background check and fingerprinting

    RN applicants for initial licensure in Texas must have a criminal background check. The Background check applies for both licensure by exam and endorsement.

    Criminal Background Check

    A criminal background check (CBC) must be completed through the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) based on a set of fingerprints provided to MorphoTrust. The BON cannot accept fingerprint cards or criminal background check results mailed by you or completed results for another facility, even if the previous check was completed through the DPS and the FBI..

    Ten business days after the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) has received your application, submit your fingerprints to MorphoTrust (IdentoGo).

    Providing Fingerprints - for Texas residents

    The general process for electronic fingerprinting is:  

    1. Schedule an appointment to be electronically fingerprinted by MorphoTrust USA at one of their IdentoGo enrollment centers. Internet-based scheduling is the quickest and most convenient way to obtain a fingerprint appointment.  Once you have scheduled your appointment, you are not required to bring the form to your visit.   d. If you prefer to schedule over the telephone, download the TX Fingerprint Service Code form and call 888-467-2080. Please have the TX Fingerprint Service Code form before you call.

    2. Arrive at your scheduled appointment with your photo identification and fee. MorphoTrust accepts Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express, business checks, money orders and coupon codes (employer accounts) at the time of service. Please note that personal checks and cash are not accepted.

    3. Your fingerprints will be submitted electronically to DPS and the FBI. You will not receive a printed fingerprint card.

    4. At the conclusion of your appointment, the MorphoTrust enrollment agent will provide you with an IdentoGo receipt stating that you were fingerprinted. Do not throw away the receipt. You may check the status of your submission by clicking here and then selecting Check Status.

    Fingerprints provided for this application shall be used to check criminal history records of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in accordance with applicable statutes.

    Providing Fingerprints - Applicants residing outside Texas

    The criminal background check is based on the set of fingerprints you provide to MorphoTrust, and is completed through the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Results are sent directly to the BON by DPS and FBI. Results cannot be sent by the applicant and cannot be results that were completed for another facility.

    For out of state applicants, the following process must be followed to submit ink fingerprint cards:

    1. Pre-enroll with MorphoTrust USA to submit fingerprint cards. Internet-based pre-enrollment is the quickest and most convenient way to submit fingerprint cards.  

    a. You may begin the process now by simply clicking here 

    b. Select “Schedule an Appointment”

    c. On the screen that prompts for your zip code select “Pay for Ink Card Submission” and complete all required fields on the following page. Complete the payment screen. Print the confirmation document containing a bar code and complete it by signing the waiver and filling in contact information. Once you have obtained your fingerprint cards, follow the mail-in directions on the confirmation document. If you prefer to pre-enroll over the telephone, you must first download the TX Fingerprint Service Code form, then call 888-467-2080. Please have the TX Fingerprint Service Code form before you call. MorhphoTrust will prompt you for the Service Code (119TF2) on the form. Inform the MorhpoTrust representative that you wish to pre-enroll for a “hard card submission”. Once payment is complete a summary confirmation document will be emailed to you. Print the confirmation document and complete it by signing the waiver and filling in contact information. Once you have obtained your fingerprint cards, follow the mail-in directions on the confirmation page. Obtain a copy of your fingerprints by a criminal law enforcement agency on an original FBI APPLICANT fingerprint card including the Texas Board of Nursing ORI – TX920440Z. All requested information must be provided on the fingerprint card, and you and the official taking the fingerprints must sign the card.  A law enforcement agency must capture all fingerprints.

    Once you have obtained your fingerprint cards, follow the mail-in directions found on the MorphoTrust Pre-Enrollment Confirmation Page that you previously printed and completed. Wait for a receipt from MorphoTrust USA. You may check the status of your submission by clicking on this link: https://uenroll.identogo.com/servicecode/XXXXXX and then; Click “Check Status”. Fingerprints provided for this application shall be used to check criminal history records of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in accordance with applicable statutes. 

    Criminal record review for prospective nursing students

    A prospective student who is unsure of eligibility can choose to have the matter resolved before the candidate enrolls in nursing school. There is a petition for declaratory order available on the TBON site. There is a $39 fee for this service. A criminal background check will be required. Depending on how much review is required, the candidate may be asked to remit an additional $150 fee. The initial review may take 45 days, and the second stage as long as four months.

    Contact Information

    Texas Board of Nursing William P. Hobby Building 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460 Austin, TX 78701-3944 [email protected] (512) 305-7400

    Timing

    Application for Licensure Timeline

    Processing time for the application review takes place within fifteen business days of receiving the last item that completed your application.

    Fees

    All fees are nonrefundable. Current Texas RN licensure fees include:

    Licensure by Exam: $50* Licensure by Endorsement: $125* *Nursing Jurisprudence Exam: not to exceed $25 Texas RN License Renewal: $68 Late Fee (less than 90 days): $60+Renewal Fee Late Fee (more than 90 days): $120+Renewal Fee Reactivating from Inactive Status (less than 4 years): $10+Renewal Fee Reactivating from Inactive Status (more than 4 years): $20+Renewal Fee Fingerprinting (Paid to IdentoGO): $41.95 NCLEX-RN (Paid to Pearson VUE):P $200

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    Frequently asked questions

    What are the requirements for a state to be declared my home state of residency for compact privileges?

    If you live in a compact state (see list of compact states), you must have at least one of the following to declare that state your home state of residency:

    1. A driver's license in that state, or;

    2. An address from the state where you hold a voter's registration, or;

    3. An address in that state by which you file your federal income taxes.

    2. In Texas, (and most compact states) we require some type of formal declaration. You cannot assume you have the compact privilege just because you have one or more of the items above. In Texas, you must declare your home state on your examination application, endorsement application, renewal form, or separate declaration of primary state of residence form, whichever is applicable.

    3. If you need to update your state of residency after you have a license, please submit a primary state of residence form with a copy of 1, 2, or 3 as listed above in A, above.

    I lost my license. How do I get another one? Is there a fee? How long will it take?

    As of September 1, 2008, the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) no longer issues paper licenses. In accordance, the BON no longer issues duplicate licenses. Print a copy from the verification page of the BON website.

    I did not receive a renewal notice in the mail. How do I get one?

    Sixty days prior to your license expiring, the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) mails a renewal postcard to the last known address in our system. It is recommended that you verify the status of your license prior to attempting to renew, as this will show any outstanding issues that might need to be addressed {i.e. continuing education audit, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan (TGSL) hold, etc.} If you cannot renew online, you must download a copy of the renewal application from our website. In any event, you do not need the postcard to renew. As long as it is sixty days prior to your license expiring, you can go to our website and click “Renewal” to be guided through the process.

    Does the Board require continuing nursing education (CNE) credits?

    Yes. Nurses must attest to completing a minimum of twenty (20) contact hours prior to renewing their license. First time licensees by examination and endorsement are exempt from this requirement upon their first renewal. Do not mail any certificates to the Texas Board of Nursing (BON). You will be required to provide copies of the continuing nursing education (CNE) certificates upon notification of an audit. We accept CNE programs that are approved by national nursing organizations, their affiliates, and other state boards of nursing.

    I am moving to another state that needs my Texas license verification. Is there a form and/or fee for this service?

    Texas does not provide verification of licensure to any state since the Texas Board of Nursing (BON) participates in the national database called NURsys®. All your Texas license information is maintained in this national database. You can allow the new state to access your Texas license information in NURsys by paying the fee to that system. You can do this by going to their website at www.nursys.com. If you have APRN recognition or the verification is going to a location other than another state board of nursing, then you may submit your request in writing along with a $25 check or money order payable to the Texas Board of Nursing to:

    Texas Board of Nursing William P. Hobby Building 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460 Austin, TX 78701-3944

    I took the VN/PN or RN exam last week. Can you tell me if I passed? When will I receive my results?

    Most candidates receive results in the mail within three (3) weeks from their test date. However, if NCS Pearson places the candidate's results on "Hold" for any reason (i.e. to verify identity, technical problems, etc.), it may delay the applicant in receiving the results. Results will not be released over the phone or by email during this time. Licensure verification can be obtained from our website under online verification. If you have passed the exam and have a valid US social security number (SSN), licensure should be available for verification within fifteen (15) working days after you have taken the exam. The Board does participate in "Quick Results," but it does not substitute for the official results.

    Can I get my fingerprints done now and send them in early?

    No. The fingerprints must be sent when the Board sends the notification to IdentoGO. Due to the high volume of nurses in the State of Texas, we cannot accept fingerprints unless the person has been selected or is a new applicant.

    Are all nurses being fingerprinted?

    Yes. All initial licensure candidates must be fingerprinted and licensed. Nurses will be randomly selected to be fingerprinted at least once over the next ten years.

    How will I know when I have been selected for fingerprinting?

    The Board mails a notice to selected nurses ninety (90) days before the license's expiration date. The Board must have the person's correct address to ensure that all notices are received. To change your address, see information here. Fingerprinting instructions are included with the notice.

    Can I do the fingerprints on my own?

    No, the fingerprints must be done by someone trained to collect fingerprints. If you are unable to be fingerprinted through IdentoGO, you may be fingerprinted at a law enforcement agency (police department/sheriff's office).

    How much does it cost to be fingerprinted?

    IdentoGO charges $41.95 for fingerprinting services. Other agencies in Texas and outside Texas may charge a different fee. Please check with the prospective agency prior to making an appointment.

    Why did I receive a letter saying I need to submit another set of fingerprints?

    If the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are unable to read the fingerprints, they will require another set of fingerprints. Typically, this indicates the fingerprinting technician rolled the fingerprints incorrectly. Rejections of this type can often be avoided by using IdentoGO for fingerprinting services.

    I think something may come up on my criminal background check. Should I notify the Board before submitting my fingerprints?

    Yes. Please send a signed and dated letter to the Board describing the incident(s) on your criminal background with certified copies of the court documents.

    How long does it take to hear back about the Declaratory Order I submitted?

    A Declaratory Order is submitted for the initial review after the Declaratory Order statement, all corresponding certified documents, and the Criminal Background Check (CBC) results are received. The initial review can take up to 30 days.

    Who will send me the Authorization to Test letter?

    Pearson Vue will send you the Authorization to Test letter by email.

    What do I need to bring with me to the testing center?

    You should bring your Authorization to Test and your photo identification. Your first and last name on your photo ID should match exactly to your name on the Authorization to Test letter. (Middle names are not required.) This is a safeguard to prevent someone else from testing in your place.

    How long does it take to get my permanent nursing license?

    The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) staff has a target of 15 business days from the date the last item needed is received to review and, if approved, to submit an endorsement application for a license to be issued, then for the license to be issued. This will vary depending on how long it takes to receive all of these:

    • license verification(s)

    • criminal background check results, and

    • any other documents required, as well as

    • your requirement to pass the nursing jurisprudence examination.