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Apply for NCLEX & Nursing License in Alabama

RN and LPN Licensure by Examination

Online Application: Online Application


  • RN/LPN Application Fee: $100.00
  • RN/LPN Application Fee with Temporary Permit Request: $150.00 ($100.00 + $50.00 for permit)

Fees are non-refundable and payable to "ABN"


  • Applications for the state of Alabama must be submitted online.
  • All applicants must provide proof of citizenship or lawful presence in the U.S.
  • Fingerprints and criminal background checks are only required upon the request of the Board.
  • Applicants must have an Social Security number to receive a license.
  • Applicants who have committed any acts which are grounds for disciplinary action must disclose those and may be required to provide additional information 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 should do this before sending in the licensure application.
  • Request an official transcript showing the graduation date and the degree obtained. The transcript must bear the school seal and be sent directly from the school to Board of Nursing. The transcript must be sent before the application is processed.
  • Complete one of the following Proof of Status forms to show either citizenship or legal status in the U.S.
  • Make copies of documents required to prove citizenship or legal status and mail to the Board along with the chosen Proof of Status form.

Proof of Citizenship Form (for U.S. citizens):
Proof of Citizenship

Proof of Legal Presence (for non-citizens):
Proof of Legal Presence

Licensing Process

Once the application, fee, 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 90 days to complete the test.

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

About Temporary Permits:
A first-time applicant for licensure in Alabama may request a temporary permit to practice nursing while awaiting NCLEX results.

The permit is valid for 90 days and non-renewable.

The permit is void when NCLEX results become available.

Special Accommodations:
If you require special testing accommodations due to disability you must provide written notice to the Board. State the reason you need special accommodations and the type of accommodations you are requesting. Supporting documentation must also be submitted including:

  • A letter from an appropriate professional confirming and describing 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.

This documentation must be submitted along with the application form.

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