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NCLEX Forms for New Mexico

RN and LPN Licensure by Examination Application:

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  • RN and LPN Application fee: $150.00
  • Criminal Background Check: $44

Fees are non-refundable.


  • Applications for the state of New Mexico should be submitted on paper.
  • All applicants must have completed their nursing programs before submitting application for licensure.
  • Fingerprints and criminal background checks are mandatory.
  • Applicants who have committed a felony must provide additional documentation to the Board.
  • 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 before sending in the licensure application.
  • Request an FINAL school transcript showing the graduation date and the degree obtained or a Certificate of Eligibility for Graduation. The transcript or certification must bear the school seal and be sent directly from the school to Board of Nursing.
  • Make an appointment and have your fingerprints taken. Be sure to bring the Fingerprint Certificate Form to the agency that will be taking your fingerprints. Attach two (2) completed fingerprint cards to the application.
  • Complete the Authorization for Release of Information form. This form must be notarized and accompanied by the $44.00 criminal background check processing fee. To notarize the form, take the completed but UNSIGNED form to a Notary Public. A Notary Public is someone who is licensed to verify the authenticity of a person's signature and the legality of documents. DO NOT SIGN the form until you take it to be notarized. The Notary Public has to watch you sign the form.

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 application fee, criminal background check fee, fingerprint cards, and additional supporting documents.

Fingerprinting Process

For the New Mexico NCLEX, please register at Identogo for fingerprinting.

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. You have 12 weeks to complete the test.

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

About Temporary Permits:

Applicants may be approved for Graduate Nurse Permits. These are temporary permits that allow you to practice nursing while awaiting NCLEX results.

In the state of New Mexico, temporary licenses or permits are not issued to the applicant, but to the employer.

The prospective employer must submit a letter of verification of intent to hire, on letterhead. The letter should include the institution's name, and the name and license number of the RN who will oversee your practice.

The permit is valid for 6 months or until examination results are available. Temporary permits are non-renewable.

If you need special accommodations for the NCLEX due to disability, contact the Board of Nursing at:

New Mexico Board of Nursing

301 Indian School Road NE
Suite 710
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: 505.841.8340 Fax: 505.841.8347

Need More Information?
Access the site for the New Mexico Board of Nursing here: New Mexico Board of Nursing