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Frequently Asked Questions

Licensure by Examination

  1. I forgot to add my middle name on my application OR I have two last names, what should I do to make sure my application is submitted correctly?

  2. I mailed my Identification Document but it’s not showing on my status check, what should I do?

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

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

  5. What if I have changes to my NCLEX registration information?

  6. My "NC Program Verified" checklist item is marked as incomplete; how do I update or provide this information?

  7. How long does it take to receive my Authorization to Test (ATT)?

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

  9. I reside in another compact state, can I apply for licensure in North Carolina?

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

  11. Do I have to reside in North Carolina to apply for the NCLEX?

  12. What am I going to show my employer? They always want to see my license.

  13. I attend school in North Carolina but live in another state, which state should I apply to?

  14. I am currently a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) student, I would like to test and obtain licensure in North Carolina, is that possible?

  15. I am a graduate of an International Educated Nursing program, how can I obtain approval to test for NCLEX in North Carolina?

  16. How many times am I allowed to test?

  17. Can I challenge the NCLEX exam?

  18. Are there review courses for NCLEX?

  1. I forgot to add my middle name on my application OR I have two last names, what should I do to make sure my application is submitted correctly?

    The first and last name printed on your identification must match exactly the first and last name printed on their Authorization to Test (ATT) letter. If the name with which you registered is different from the name on your identification, you must bring legal name change documentation to the test center on the day of the test.

    Maiden/Middle names are optional and will not affect your ability to test or obtain licensure.

    For more information concerning name requirements, visit: https://www.ncsbn.org/1221.htm

  2. I mailed my Identification 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.

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

    You can reprint your Identification Document by completing the steps below:

    • Access your Nurse Gateway portal
    • Select the tile labeled 'RN/LPN NCLEX CANDIDATE'
    • Select the 'Exam Status' tab, then select 'View/Reprint Application'
  4. What should I do if my name changes prior to the exam?

    The first and last name printed on your identification must match exactly the first and last name printed on their Authorization to Test (ATT) letter. If the name with which you registered is different from the name on your identification, you must bring legal name change documentation to the test center on the day of the test.
    The only acceptable forms of identification in test centers in the U.S.* are:
    • 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)
    • U.S. State Identification (Department of Motor Vehicle-issued)
    • Passport
    • U.S. Military Identification
    Submit name change requests and supporting legal documents to the Examination Department (examdept@ncbon.com).
    Maiden/Middle names are optional and will not affect your ability to test or obtain licensure.
    For more information concerning name requirements, visit: https://www.ncsbn.org/1221.htm
  5. What if I have changes to my NCLEX registration information?

    To make any change to your NCLEX registration information:

    1. You cannot have a test date scheduled
    2. You must provide some form of identifying information (Social Security number, Date of Birth, Mother's Maiden name, etc.)
    3. You must provide what you want changed-corrected

    Inform the North Carolina Board of Nursing Examination Department (examdept@ncbon.com), and the change-correction will be made.

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

  6. My "NC Program Verified" checklist item is marked as incomplete; how do I update or provide this information?

    Program verification for North Carolina graduates will be provided to the North Carolina Board of Nursing by the Program Director within 30 days of program completion.

  7. How long does it take to receive my Authorization to Test (ATT)?

    Once the application is submitted, the Identification Document is mailed in and marked as RECEIVED, your North Carolina program is verified by your Program Director and Pearson VUE registration are complete then allow up to 10 business days to receive Authorization to Test (ATT) via e-mail.

  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 Criminal Background Check requirements have not been fulfilled, if unsuccessful re-examination packets will be provided to candidates within 30 calendar days.

  9. I reside in another compact state, can I apply for licensure in North Carolina?

    North Carolina does not require residency to test for the NCLEX. When completing an application, you must provide honest and accurate responses.

    Primary State of Residence: The State in which a nurse declares a principal residence for legal purposes. Sources used to verify a nurse’s primary residence may include Driver’s License, Federal Income Tax Return, Military Form #2058 or Voter Registration.

    For detailed information, read the fact sheet: Nurse Licensure Compact Fact Sheet

  10. 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 North Carolina Board of Nursing & 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 North Carolina Board of Nursing within 90 days of successfully completing the NCLEX to avoid inactive licensure status.
  11. Do I have to reside in North Carolina to apply for the NCLEX?

    Interested candidates do not have to reside in North Carolina to obtain North Carolina licensure.

    All out-of-state applicants must provide the Board with an official copy of the final transcript.

  12. What am I going to show my employer? They always want to see my license.

    Your employer can access your licensure information directly from the Board of Nursing database, which is the primary source for nurse licensure information.

  13. I attend school in North Carolina 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.

    To access the instructional guide, visit New Graduate Resources.

  14. I am currently a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) student, I would like to test and obtain licensure in North Carolina, is that possible?

    Currently, all DACA students are eligible to apply and test for NCLEX upon successful completion of member Board approved nursing education program. North Carolina does not require residency or citizenship as a requirement for testing and obtaining licensure. Future changes in legislation could impact North Carolina's ability to issue licensure for DACA students. For additional information, contact uscis.gov.

    Effective October 1, 1997, in accordance with U.S. Title 42 U.S.C. 405 et al and Section 343 of Public Law 104-208 (1996) and North Carolina General Statute 93 B-14, individuals, foreign graduates or otherwise, who are seeking licensure by examination must have a valid Social Security number to be issued a license to practice nursing.

    The North Carolina Board of Nursing does require a Criminal Background check before a license can be issued, but it is not required for you to be eligible to apply for and take the NCLEX.

    For additional information, contact Candice Moore at candicem@ncbon.com.

  15. I am a graduate of an International Educated Nursing program, how can I obtain approval to test for NCLEX in North Carolina?

    To access the instructional guide, visit Internationally Educated Applicants.

  16. How many times am I allowed to test?

    Testing attempts are currently unlimited.

  17. 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 a Registered Nurse 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.

  18. Are there review courses for NCLEX?

    Sorry, but the North Carolina Board of Nursing 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 National Council to see if they can provide any test prep information. They are the organization that designs and develops the NCLEX (Registered Nurse and Practical Nurse) and they create the pool of exam questions. You can search their site for review guides or test prep help.

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