The Texas Board of Nursing is experiencing a higher number of phone and webmaster inquiries due to the number of waiver requests, migrating to a new licensing system and recent graduations. We attempt to respond to any inquiry within ten business days but will need up to fifteen business days for the month of July. We appreciate your patience.
The Texas BON ceased accepting paper licensure applications on May 29, 2020. Paper applications received before this cutoff date will be processed by June 5, 2020. The Texas.gov online system was discontinued on June 4, 2020. The new Texas Nurse Portal will be up and running on Monday, June 15, 2020. On this date, all licensees will be able to create a profile and renew their license and we will be able to accept new applications by examination and endorsement.
The Texas Board of Nursing will continue normal operations as the State of Texas deals with the COVID-19 outbreak. However, to protect our staff from exposure to the virus, the Board of Nursing will no longer allow visitors to the agency offices. During the present crisis, phone lines may be very busy. Please consult the agency website for FAQs, rules and policies and contact us with questions by email at
Welcome to the Texas Board of Nursing Website
We welcome you to the Texas Board of Nursing (BON or Board) website. The BON has been serving the public for more than 100 years since its establishment in 1909 by the Legislature to regulate the safe practice of nursing in Texas. The Board: protects the public from unsafe nursing practice, provides approval for more than 200 nursing education programs, issues licenses to more than 27,000 nurses per year by examination to new graduates and by endorsement to licensees from other states seeking a Texas license, as well as providing nursing practice and education guidance to more than 350,000 currently licensed nurses practicing in the State of Texas. We welcome your feedback as we fulfill our mission to protect and promote the welfare of the people of Texas by ensuring that each person holding a license as a nurse in the State of Texas is competent to practice safely.
BON Responsibilities and Services
Licensing: The BON issues licenses to graduates of approved nursing education programs seeking licensure by exam and to nurses licensed in other states seeking Texas licensure by endorsement. All nurses are required to renew their licenses on a biennial basis with evidence of required continuing nursing education. The BON licenses qualified registered nurses to enter practice as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse midwives.
The BON provides a variety of information to customers including verbal, written and electronic information. The BON's website contains information including the Nursing Practice Act, BON Rules and Guidelines, BON Position Statements, the agency's physical location, disciplinary, and licensure information. Publications and the Texas Board of Nursing Bulletin (Newsletters) of the BON are available upon request for a minimal fee.
New Website Features
The BON website development team has added helpful tabs at the top of the page to assist stakeholder groups in quickly locating information specific to their needs. The new stakeholder tabs are:
For more information on these and other topics, use the search field at the top right corner of the page. Should you have further questions or are in need of clarification, please feel free to contact the Board.