Definition of Endorsement
“The process of issuing a permanent license without further examination to a nurse from another jurisdiction or licensing authority after determination is made that the applicant meets the same standards as those required of Texas nurses.” [Rule 217.1 (12)]
Per Rule 217.5 (a) To be eligible for licensure by endorsement, you must have:
- graduated from an approved licensed practical nurse/vocational nurse (LPN/LVN) or registered nurse (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
You are not eligible to apply by endorsement if any of the following is true:
- you have previously held a Texas nursing license.You should either renew or reactivate the Texas license you once held. Go to Licensure Renewal for more information regarding this process.
- you did not graduate from an approved nursing program
- Notice - Individuals who attended a nursing program outside of the United States must meet additional requirements for licensure. Please check our “Non Approved International School(s)” list to ensure that your nursing program is approved by the Board and that you are eligible to receive a license in Texas.
- you have not taken a national nursing licensing examination. To see if you are eligible to take the NCLEX for Texas please visit Licensure - Examination Information
A Nurse may apply for a license by Endorsement for Texas:
Online Endorsement Application here
Carefully review this information page and the Licensure Eligibility section.
Complete the online application at Nurse Endorsement Application. Print a copy of the receipt page for your records.
The Texas Board of Nursing (BON) will issue a one-time, 120 day, temporary license (if you are eligible) within fifteen business days of receipt of the completed application and fee.
|Criminal Background Check
A criminal background check (CBC) must be completed through the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) based on a set of fingerprints provided to MorphoTrust. The BON cannot accept fingerprint cards or criminal background check results mailed by you, or results that were completed for another facility, even if the previous check was completed through the DPS and the FBI.
Note: The BON will be updating the process in which applicants submit fingerprints to MorphoTrust. The updated process, which uses service codes instead of Fast Passes and ORI numbers, will be more streamlined and user-friendly when scheduling a fingerprinting appointment, registering fingerprints with MorphoTrust, and getting results to the Board. The updated process will also require the use of a unique identifier which will no longer be related to a U.S. issued social security number or a BON assigned number, but rather in the form of an email. Our website and applications/instructions will provide more information at the beginning of January 2016.
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. You will be notified if 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 toward this requirement.
|Nursing Jurisprudence Examination
You must pass the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination prior to being issued a permanent license. Instructions on taking the Texas nursing jurisprudence examination:
The BON must receive a verification of licensure from ALL:
It is your responsibility to make sure the BON receives this verification.
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. (View a list of the participating states.)
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 (LVN / RN) to that state and request a verification to be sent directly to Texas. You will need to contact the individual state/nursing jurisdiction for information regarding their exact procedure and required fee.
Note: A copy of the nursing license is not considered to be an official verification.
|International Candidates - you will need the following:
The BON will review your application for a permanent nursing license after we receive each of the following:
Processing time for the review to take place is within fifteen business days of receipt of the last item that completed your application.