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NCLEX Forms for Minnesota

Licensure by Examination Applications:

RN/LPN Online Application: Apply Online

RN Paper Application: RN Paper Application

LPN Paper Application: LPN Paper Application


RN/LPN Application Fee: $105.00

Background Check Fee: $33.25

Fees are non-refundable and payable to the Minnesota Board of Nursing.


  • Applications for the state of Minnesota may be submitted online or on paper at the links provided above.
  • Fingerprints and a federal criminal background checks are NOT required for examination. Instead, the applicant must self-disclose criminal or disciplinary actions on the application form.
  • Submitting the application for licensure by examination does NOT register you for the NCLEX. Applicants must register and pay separately for the exam by going to: www.pearsonvue.com.

As part of the application process, you must:

  • Register with Pearson Vue to take the NCLEX exam. You must do this during the last semester of your nursing program and before sending in the licensure application.
  • Obtain a completed Confirmation of Program Completion Form from your nursing program. If you have completed a Minnesota nursing program, a school official can confirm completion on-line. Otherwise the paper form found in the application packet may be used.
  • Have the application form notarized. Take the completed, UNSIGNED application to a Notary Public. A Notary Public is someone who is licensed to verify the authenticity of a person's signature. DO NOT SIGN your application until you take it to be notarized. The Notary Public has to watch you sign the application.

The Notary Public may charge a fee for his or her services. To find a Notary Public try your bank or the post office. You can also search here: http://www.notaryrotary.com/agent/find_a_notary.asp

  • Submit the application form along with the fee and any additional supporting documents.

Licensing Process

Once the application, fee, fingerprints, and supporting documents have been reviewed, the Board will determine if you are eligible to test.

If you are eligible to take the NCLEX, you will receive an authorization to test (ATT) and instructions on scheduling the test.

When passing NCLEX results are received by the board, a license will be issued.

About Temporary Permits:
The Minnesota Board of Nursing no longer issues temporary permits for new graduates prior to licensure. They are only issued to nurses seeking licensure by endorsement.

Special Accommodations:
If you require special testing accommodations due to disability, indicate this by filling out the "Special Accommodations" section of the licensure application form. Supporting documentation must also be submitted including:

  • A letter from an appropriate professional confirming the disability and stating what accommodations are needed.
  • A letter from your nursing education program indicating what modifications, if any, were granted by the program.

Need More Information?
Access the site for the Minnesota Board of Nursing at: Minnesota Board of Nursing