North Carolina Board of Nursing

Licensure/Listing

Licensure by Examination

FAQ - Examination

  1. Can I challenge the NCLEX exam?

  2. What if I have changes to my information?

  3. Are there review courses?

  4. Do I have to reside in NC to apply for the NCLEX?

  5. What should I do if my name changes prior to the exam?

  6. I mailed my ID document but it’s not showing on my status check, what should I do?

  7. How long does it take to receive my ATT?

  8. How many days will it take my license to post if I am successful?

  9. I attend school in NC but live in another state, which state should I apply to?

  10. How many times am I allowed to test?

  11. My Driver’s License is from another state can I still test?

  12. I need to reprint my NCBON Identification Document, how can I do this?

  1. Can I challenge the NCLEX exam?

    The North Carolina Board of Nursing does not allow any challenges (including military Corpsmen and those that partially completed an RN program) to the Board for eligibility to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). To be eligible to apply for the NCLEX-PN, you must have completed an approved Practical Nursing Education program.

  2. What if I have changes to my information?

    To make any change to your NCLEX Registration information

    1. You cannot have a test date scheduled
    2. You must provide some kind of identifying information (SS#, date of birth, mother's maiden, etc)
    3. You must provide what you want changed/corrected

    Please inform (examdept@ncbon.com), and the change/correction will be made.

    The information on your NC application can be changed at any time, but the above identifying information must be provided.

  3. Are there review courses?

    Sorry, but NCBON does not offer or promote review courses, study guides or other test prep help. You may contact your school of nursing to seek additional guidance. You can also contact the National Council to see if they can provide any test prep information. They are the organization that designs and develops the NCLEX (RN and PN) and they create the pool of exam questions. Their website is www.ncsbn.org, and you can search their site for review guides or test prep help.

  4. Do I have to reside in NC to apply for the NCLEX?

    Interested candidates do not have to reside in NC to obtain NC Licensure. All out of state applicants must provide the Board with an official copy of the final transcript.

  5. What should I do if my name changes prior to the exam?

    The “First” and “Last” name printed on the Authorization to Test (ATT) must match the name on an acceptable form of ID.

    The only acceptable forms of identification in test centers in the U.S.* are:

    1. U.S. driver's license (Department of Motor Vehicle-issued) (if expired, a renewal slip including a photograph and a signature must be presented in order to be admitted) 
    2. U.S. state identification (Department of Motor Vehicle-issued) 
    3. Passport 4. U.S. Military Identification 
    4. Submit name change request and supporting legal documents to the Exam Department
  6. I mailed my ID document but it’s not showing on my status check, what should I do?

    Documents are not updated to "RECEIVED" status until initial review and approval has been completed. Review can take up to 10 calendar days.

  7. How long does it take to receive my ATT?

    Within 10 calendar days from the date all required documents have been submitted.

  8. How many days will it take my license to post if I am successful?

    Licensure will usually post within 5 business days unless all CBC requirements have not been fulfilled, if unsuccessful re-exam packets will be provided to candidates within 30 calendar days.

  9. I attend school in NC but live in another state, which state should I apply to?

    An out of state candidate does have the option to complete testing in the state they currently live in or the state in which they plan to work. Each state's guidelines, requirements, and policies do vary.

  10. How many times am I allowed to test?

    Testing attempts are currently unlimited.

  11. My Driver’s License is from another state can I still test?

    • Candidates are not required to be a resident of North Carolina to test for North Carolina. Below are two ways to answer this question:
    • All information provided on the application to the NCBON & Pearson Vue should match what is on your current driver’s license.

    If living in a compact state, candidates are required to provide proof of residency to NCBON within 90 days of successfully completing the NCLEX to avoid inactive licensure status.

  12. I need to reprint my NCBON Identification Document, how can I do this?

    You can reprint the identification document by completing the steps below:

    • Access your Nurse Gateway
    • Click on the blue tile labeled 'RN/LPN NCLEX CANDIDATE'
    • Click on the tab that says 'Exam Status' and then click on 'View/Reprint Application'

    If for any reason, the steps above do not work, please click on the link below to complete the form.

    Identification Document