Welcome to the Texas Board of Nursing

Texas Nurse Portal will be down for scheduled maintenance and you will not be able to access the website during this time. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for the patience.


Friday March 1, 2024 from 6pm central through Sunday March 3, 2024 4:00pm central



New NLC Rule Requires Nurses Relocating to Another Compact State to Apply for New License by Endorsement in 60 Days

Starting Jan 2, 2024, a new NLC rule will be in effect. Nurses relocating to another compact state have 60 days from the time they move to apply for a new license by endorsement in a new primary state of residence.

The new rule (effective beginning January 2, 2024) reads: 402(2) A multistate licensee who changes primary state of residence to another party state shall apply for a multistate license in the new party state within 60 days. Helpful FAQsand a brief videoabout the new rule are available online. For a map listing states participating in the compact, visit https://nursecompact.com/index.page#mapTo read the Bylaws of the Compact, visit https://nursecompact.com/about.pageNurses can enroll at no cost in Nursys eNotify to receive notifications related to license renewals at www.nursys.com.

For more information, visit www.nlc.govor email nursecompact@ncsbn.org.


Operation Nightingale Operation Nightingale

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and several law enforcement agencies uncovered a nation-wide scheme involving the sale of false and fraudulent nursing degree diplomas and transcripts from accredited Florida-based nursing schools, which were then used by individuals to obtain nursing licensure in various states. You can find information regarding this scheme, as well as resources and updates from the Board, on this page.



The Texas Nurse Portal

We are now providing a secure nurse portal to enable an applicant or licensee to submit an application of various types. It will be necessary to access the nurse portal for renewal, name changes, password changes, address changes, email changes, licensure by endorsement, licensure by examination, multistate conversion and employment information.


Please note you must have a valid email address which you are able to access and receive emails.  You will enter your complete email address when prompted, and this will become your username for the account along with a password you create.  The email account on record for you will be the email address where all correspondence from the Nurse Portal is sent along with any up to date board information.


Please note: The Texas Nurse Portal works best on Windows desktop PC or laptop in Chrome or Microsoft Edge. Mobile devices are not supported (for example: phones, iPads, tablets).


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 webmaster@bon.texas.gov.

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.

School Approval: The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) approves schools of nursing which prepare nurses for initial entry into nursing practice.

Enforcement: The BON enforces the Nursing Practice Act and Rules and Regulations by setting minimum standards for nursing practice and nursing education, conducting investigations of complaints against nurses, and adjudicating complaints.

Information: 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.