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Endorsement Information

Per Rule 217.5 (a) To be eligible for licensure by endorsement, you must have graduated from an approved PN/VN or RN program, taken the appropriate US exam and have either worked in nursing or have taken the US NCLEX® exam sometime in the previous four years prior to the application.

LVN endorsement applicants who meet all of the following criteria qualify for an exception to Board Rule 217.5 (a)(1): :

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. Answers to some general question regarding the process can be located on our frequently asked questions page.

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. Go to http://www.bon.texas.gov/olv/renewals.html for more information regarding this process.

If you did not graduate from an approved nursing program, do not meet the qualifications for an exception to Rule 217.5 (a)(1), or have not taken a national nursing licensing examination, then you are not eligible to apply by Endorsement. To see if you are eligible to take the NCLEX for Texas please visit http://www.bon.texas.gov/olv/examination.html

Online Procedures

  1. Carefully review this information page and the Guidelines and Eligibility section. If you need to answer yes to any of the eligibility questions, you cannot apply online and must follow the instructions to apply by paper. For international licensees, you must have a US social security number to apply online. If not, please follow the procedures for a paper application below.
  2. Complete the online application at www.texas.gov/app/orig/index.jsp?AGENCY_NAME=bne&CONFIG_ID=BNE_END&LICENSE_ID=01. Remember to print a copy of the receipt page for your records.
  3. Within fifteen business days of receipt of the completed application and fee, the Texas Board of Nursing will issue a one-time 120 day temporary license (if eligible).
  4. 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 the DPS and the 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 Card Scan
      3051 Hollis Drive, Suite 310
      Springfield, IL 62704

      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. The BON will notify the applicant 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.
  5. 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 at www.bon.texas.gov/olv/je.html. 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 view a copy of the NPA and Board Rules and Regulations from our website by going to www.bon.texas.gov and click on "Nursing Law and Rules". An online jurisprudence prep course is available on the Board's web site http://www.bon.texas.gov/olv/je-course.html. This course is voluntary and contains information about the NPA and Rules and Regulations of the Texas BON. You may also purchase a hard copy of the NPA and Rules and Regulations by downloading the Publications Order Form from our website located under the link "Download Other Paper Applications and Forms". The books will be mailed within fifteen business days of the Board receiving the completed form and appropriate fee. 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 retake 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 this examination before the Texas Board of Nursing will issue the permanent license.
  6. 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. This is the responsibility of the applicant, not the BON. If you hold or have held a license in any state that is part of the national database NURSYS, then go to www.nursys.com and 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. (To view a list of the participating states go to www.nursys.com and click on “participating board of nursing”)

    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 to that state and request a verification to be sent directly to Texas. This form can be found on our website at www.bon.texas.gov/olv/forms.html under "Licensed Nurses". You will need to contact the individual state/nursing jurisdiction for information regarding their exact procedure and required fee.

    For Internationally licensed nurses: If you currently have or have ever held a nursing license, or been granted authority to practice nursing from a country other than the United States, you must request a verification of licensure from that state, country, province, or territory. Verification must come directly from the licensing authority. We will also accept a license verification contained in 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). The verification of license must be contained in the CES and must have been validated within one year of the date the application for endorsement is filed with the Texas Board of Nursing. You may access this service by going to one of the following websites: www.cgfns.org, www.eres.com, or www.ierf.org.

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

  7. Upon receipt of 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 to take place is within fifteen business days of receipt of the last item that completed your application.

Paper Procedures

  1. Access the Paper Endorsement application from the BON website at www.bon.texas.gov. Click on "Download Other Applications and Forms", then click on LVN or RN Endorsement Application, whichever is appropriate. Download and print the application which contains the instructions and procedures. At the same time you print the application, you may order a FBI fingerprint card. The fingerprint card is mailed within ten business days of the Board receiving the request. If you are unable to print the 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 of the date the request is made.
  2. Mail the paper application along with the $186 fee to: Texas Board of Nursing, 333 Guadalupe, Suite 3-460, Austin, Texas 78701.
  3. Within fifteen business days of receipt of the completed application and fee, the Texas Board of Nursing will issue a one-time 120 day temporary license (if eligible)..
  4. 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 the DPS and the 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 Card Scan
      3051 Hollis Drive, Suite 310
      Springfield, IL 62704

      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. The BON will notify the applicant 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.
  5. If you answer YES to any eligibility questions on the application, you will need to include a statement explaining the events of the incident(s) and official court documents that show the disposition of the incident(s). The paperwork will be submitted for the initial review in the Operations Department within fifteen business days of the application, endorsement fee, background check results, and pertinent documentation (please refer to Section B of the application instructions) being received. 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..
  6. 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 at www.bon.texas.gov/olv/je.html. 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 view a copy of the NPA and Board Rules and Regulations from our website by going to www.bon.texas.gov and click on "Nursing Law and Rules". An online jurisprudence prep course is available on the Board's web site http://www.bon.texas.gov/olv/je-course.html. This course is voluntary and contains information about the NPA and Rules and Regulations of the Texas BON. You may also purchase a hard copy of the NPA and Rules and Regulations by downloading the Publications Order Form from our website located under the link "Download Other Paper Applications and Forms". The books will be mailed within fifteen business days of the Board receiving the completed form and appropriate fee. 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 retake 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 this examination before the Texas Board of Nursing will issue the permanent license.

  7. 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. This is the responsibility of the applicant, not the BON. If you hold or have held a license in any state that is part of the national database NURSYS, then go to www.nursys.com and 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. (To view a list of the participating states go to www.nursys.com and click on “participating board of nursing”)

    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 to that state and request a verification to be sent directly to Texas. This form can be found on our website at www.bon.texas.gov/olv/forms.html under "Licensed Nurses". You will need to contact the individual state/nursing jurisdiction for information regarding their exact procedure and required fee.

    For Internationally licensed nurses: If you currently have or have ever held a nursing license, or been granted authority to practice nursing from a country other than the United States, you must request a verification of licensure from that state, country, province, or territory. Verification must come directly from the licensing authority. We will also accept a license verification contained in 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). The verification of license must be contained in the CES and must have been validated within one year of the date the application for endorsement is filed with the Texas Board of Nursing. You may access this service by going to one of the following websites: www.cgfns.org, www.eres.com, or www.ierf.org.

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

  8. Upon receipt of 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 to take place is within fifteen business days of receipt of the last item that completed your application. (Barring any eligibility reviews).