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Initial Licensure and Recognition Forms - Declaratory Order

A Petition for Declaratory Order (DO) is a formal disclosure to the Board of an eligibility issue that may prevent an applicant from taking the NCLEX and receiving initial licensure. The DO permits the Board to make a decision regarding a petitioner’s eligibility for licensure prior to entering or completing a nursing program.

You should submit the DO & $150 if:

  • You submitted fingerprints as part of the New/Accepted Student Roster process & you received an outcome letter from the Board requesting the submission of the DO & $150.

You should submit the DO ONLY if:

  • You submitted fingerprints as part of the New/Accepted Student Roster process & received a Blue Card, BUT have to disclose a non-CBC related eligibility issue (i.e. questions 2-5 on the DO).

OR

  • You are attending an out-of-state nursing program, are more than 6 months away from graduation, and have an eligibility issue to disclose to the Board.

You will need to contact the Board for specific instructions on submitting the DO without the $150 payment. To receive instructions, please send a message through your Nurse Portal Message Center (category: Petition for Declaratory Order) with the subject line “DO – Payment Bypass.”

NOTE: As of June 15, 2020 the DO must be submitted electronically via the Nurse Portal (https://www.bon.texas.gov/texasnurseportal/).