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Licensed Vocational/Practical Nurses - Requirements for Texas Licensure

  • Required fee is $186.00. The fee is non-refundable.
  • Graduation from high school or hold G.E.D. certificate.
  • Completion of an approved school of vocational/practical nursing with a minimum grade of "C" in all nursing courses.
  • If you were educated internationally, then our office will need to receive a Credential Evaluation Service (CES) Full Education course-by-course report from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), the Educational Records Evaluation Service, Inc. (ERES) or the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. (IERF) validating the type of nursing program you completed. Note: If you were educated as a Registered Nurse, then you are not eligible to apply for an LVN license unless you meet the below exception.

    LVN endorsement applicants who meet all of the following criteria qualify for an exception to Board Rule 217.5 (a)(1):
    • Must have graduated from an approved LVN nursing program
    • Must have passed the appropriate VN/PN NCLEX Exam approved by the TBON (so no Board Constructed)
    • Must have a clean disciplinary record (no disciplinary action ever on any other nursing license)
    • And must have worked actively as a VN/PN a minimum of ten (10) years before applying to Texas for LVN Licensure.
    NOTE: If you took your NCLEX Examination prior to graduating from an approved nursing program you MUST submit either a copy of your diploma or a statement with your application. The statement must include:
    • your name
    • the name of the nursing program
    • type of degree completed
    • entry date, and
    • graduation date. TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR VERIFICATION OF NURSING EDUCATION. Failure to include this information will result in a delay in processing your application for temporary or permanent licensure.

  • Licensure in another jurisdiction which has requirements equivalent to Texas.
  • A satisfactory score in one of the following examination:
    • State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE)- with a minimum score of 350.
    • National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN®)
  • Must have been employed as a licensed vocational/practical nurse during the past four (4) years (unless you have taken and passed the appropriate LVN examination within that time period). If you passed a national exam more than four years ago, and you have not been employed as a licensed vocational nurse in another state within the last four (4) years, then you must comply with Rule 217.5 (b). You will need to:
    1. Apply for a Six-Month Temporary Permit
      and
      Complete a board approved refresher course
    2. Complete the Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Exam (NJE) in addition to one of the following:
    It is the nurse’s responsibility to submit both of the completion certificates (NJE and choice of prep course/workshop/course) to our office.

    You will be granted access to the NJE within fifteen business days of the date we receive the Six-Month Temporary Permit application. Note: If you complete the NJE as part of the requirements for the Refresher Course, then the passing results can be used for the Endorsement application portion as well.

    The following links provide more information:
    (Rules and Regulations) http://www.bon.texas.gov/laws_and_rules_rules_and_regulations.asp
    (NJE) http://www.bon.texas.gov/licensure_nursing_jurisprudence.asp
    (NJE Prep Course) https://www.bon.texas.gov/catalog
    (Workshop/Course) https://www.bon.texas.gov/catalog.

  • Criminal background checks are performed on all applicants for Licensure in Texas. 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 the applicant, or results that were completed for another facility, even if the previous check was completed through DPS and FBI. The following information will assist you in submitting the required fingerprints to our office:

    For applicants residing in Texas, The instructions on the Fast Pass labeled ‘Applicants residing in Texas’ will assist you in scheduling your appointment. Log on to the ldentoGO website, http://www.identogo.com or call 1-888-467-2080. If you are scheduling by phone, you will need to 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 TXDPS and FBI to process the background check.

    All necessary fields on the attached FAST Pass must be completed and taken to your appointment along with a valid state issued identification. During the fingerprint appointment you will be prompted for 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 TXDPS 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 below.

    For applicants residing outside Texas, You will need to use the FAST Pass labeled ‘Applicants residing outside of Texas’ and obtain a standard FBI fingerprint card from the BON, a local law enforcement agency, embassy, or IdentoGo Service Center near you. You will need to locate a fingerprinting service in your area to complete the fingerprinting card with your fingerprint images. You will then 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 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. Individual’s signature and registration identification number (RegID) must be 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.

    You will need to obtain a complete, legible set of fingerprints on the approved fingerprint card. The cost for obtaining an ink card may vary and is not included in the Texas Background check fee. Cards must be mailed to the vendor. The following information regarding person whose record is to be searched, must be completed on the fingerprint card. Please print legibly: Printed last name, first name, middle name of individual, including all alias names. Sex, race, date of birth, Social Security Number and the individual’s signature must be on the fingerprint card. Please note that IdentoGo Service Centers outside the State of Texas cannot submit fingerprints electronically for a Texas background process.

    Mail Fingerprint Card and FAST Pass to:
    MorphoTrust USA
    Attn: Texas Cardscan Processing
    3051 Hollis Drive, Suite 310
    Springfield, IL 62704


    The Texas Board of Nursing does not make judgments regarding the fingerprints that are submitted. Occasionally 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 that 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 towards this requirement.

Registered Nurses - Requirements for Texas Licensure

  • Required fee is $186. The fee is non-refundable.
  • Graduation from an approved school of professional nursing (general).
  • A satisfactory score in one of the following examination:
    • State Board Test Pool Examination (SBTPE)- with a minimum score of 350.
    • National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®)
  • Licensure in another jurisdiction which has requirements equivalent to Texas.
  • Must have been employed as a registered nurse during the past four (4) years (unless you have taken and passed the appropriate RN examination within that time period). If you passed a national exam more than four years ago, and you have not been employed as a registered nurse in another state within the last four (4) years, then you must comply with Rule 217.5 (b).

    You will need to first:
    1. Apply for a Six-Month Temporary Permit
      and
      Complete a board approved refresher course
    2. Complete the Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Exam (NJE) in addition to one of the following:
      • the online Texas Board of Nursing Jurisprudence Prep Course
      • the Texas Board of Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics Workshop
      • Texas Board of Nursing approved Nursing Jurisprudence and Ethics course.
      It is the nurse’s responsibility to submit both of the completion certificates (NJE and choice of prep course/workshop/course) to our office.

      You will be granted access to the NJE within fifteen business days of the date we receive the Six-Month Temporary Permit application. Note: If you complete the NJE as part of the requirements for the Refresher Course, then the passing results can be used for the Endorsement application portion as well.

      The following links provide more information:
      (Rules and Regulations)
      (NJE)
      (NJE Prep Course)
      (Workshop/Course)
  • Criminal background checks are performed on all applicants for Licensure in Texas. 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 the applicant, or results that were completed for another facility, even if the previous check was completed through DPS and FBI. The following information will assist you in submitting the required fingerprints to our office:

    For applicants residing in Texas, The instructions on the Fast Pass labeled ‘Applicants residing in Texas’ will assist you in scheduling your appointment. Log on to the ldentoGO website, http://www.identogo.com or call 1-888-467-2080. If you are scheduling by phone, you will need to 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 TXDPS and FBI to process the background check.

    All necessary fields on the attached FAST Pass must be completed and taken to your appointment along with a valid state issued identification. During the fingerprint appointment you will be prompted for 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 TXDPS 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 below. .

    For applicants residing outside Texas, You will need to use the FAST Pass labeled ‘Applicants residing outside of Texas’ and obtain a standard FBI fingerprint card from the BON, a local law enforcement agency, embassy, or IdentoGo Service Center near you. You will need to locate a fingerprinting service in your area to complete the fingerprinting card with your fingerprint images. You will then 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 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. Individual’s signature and registration identification number (RegID) must be 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.

    You will need to obtain a complete, legible set of fingerprints on the approved fingerprint card. The cost for obtaining an ink card may vary and is not included in the Texas Background check fee. Cards must be mailed to the vendor. The following information regarding person whose record is to be searched, must be completed on the fingerprint card. Please print legibly: Printed last name, first name, middle name of individual, including all alias names. Sex, race, date of birth, Social Security Number and the individual’s signature must be on the fingerprint card. Please note that IdentoGo Service Centers outside the State of Texas cannot submit fingerprints electronically for a Texas background process.

    Mail Fingerprint Card and FAST Pass to:
    MorphoTrust USA
    Attn: Texas Cardscan Processing
    3051 Hollis Drive, Suite 310
    Springfield, IL 62704


    The Texas Board of Nursing does not make judgments regarding the fingerprints that are submitted. Occasionally 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 that 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 towards this requirement.
If you do not meet the requirements for the application licensure type (LVN or RN), then you are Not Eligible for Licensure in the State of Texas.

 

Texas Nursing Jurisprudence Examination

All applicants by endorsement must pass the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination. You must pass this examination prior to being issued a permanent license. Instructions on taking the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination: Fifteen business days after you have filed an endorsement application with the Texas Board of Nursing, you will be eligible to take the online nursing jurisprudence exam. Follow the instructions to log on and complete the examination. The examination is based on the Texas Nursing Practice Act (NPA) and the Texas Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations. We recommend that you download a copy of the NPA and Board Rules and Regulations from our website. You may also purchase a hard copy of the NPA and Rules and Regulations by contacting the Texas Board of Nursing. The examination is a maximum of two hours in length. If you are not successful in passing the examination, or if the system locks up, you may take the examination again after 24 (twenty-four) hours has elapsed from the previous attempt. The cost of the examination is included in your application fee. Again, you must pass the jurisprudence examination before the Texas Board of Nursing will issue the permanent license

Nurse Licensure Compact

The Texas Board of Nursing entered into a Nurse Licensure Compact which allows nurses in Texas the privilege of practicing in participating Compact states. As part of this process of initiating multistate licensure, all applicants for licensure in Texas must declare their primary state of residence and all states where you are practicing or intend to practice. Applicants who declare a Compact state, other than Texas, as their primary state of residence may not become licensed in Texas since the Compact licenses can be used to work in Texas. For information on multistate licensure, please review the Boards Compact section. Note: If you are declaring Texas as your primary state of residence, then you must be able to legally provide a Texas address in order to receive multi-state privileges. .

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 may take a minimum of four months to review.

  • 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 may subject your license to a disciplinary order and fine. Non-disclosure of relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character. (See 22 TAC §213.27)

    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 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.

    1. *Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?
    2. 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?
    3. *Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?
    4. *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?

    **Pursuant to the Texas Occupations Code §301.207, information, including diagnosis and treatment, regarding an individual’s physical or mental condition, intemperate use of drugs or alcohol, or chemical dependency and information regarding an individual’s criminal history is confidential to the same extent that information collected as part of an investigation is confidential under the Texas Occupations Code §301.466. If you are licensed as an LVN in the State of Texas and are currently participating in the Texas Peer Assistance Program for Nurses you may answer “NO” to questions #4 and #5.