Licensure by Examination Application:
RN and LPN Online Application: Apply Online
Application Fee: $145
Fingerprint Processing Fee: $41.25 (submitted to the Board of Nursing but payable to BCI [the Bureau of Criminal Investigations] No personal checks are accepted for fingerprint processing).
Fees are non-refundable.
Applications for Licensure by Examination for the state of North Dakota must be submitted online at the link given above.
Fingerprints and a criminal history record check are required. The criminal history record check must be completed before a license can be issued.
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:
About the Fingerprinting Process:
The fingerprinting process and associated fees are the applicant's responsibility.
Applicants may use a local law enforcement agency, or a private fingerprint vendor.
Both electronic and ink fingerprints are accepted.
If electronic fingerprints are obtained, the applicant must submit the following to the Board of Nursing:
If ink fingerprints are obtained, the applicant must submit the following to the Board of Nursing:
DO NOT fold fingerprint cards. Fingerprint cards must be completely filled. Cards with missing information will be returned. You must use BLACK ink to fill in your fingerprint cards. The card must also be signed by the official who is completing it.
All applicants who are found eligible to test will receive an Authorization to Work. This allows them to practice as graduate nurses "GN" until the results of the NCLEX are made available.
The authorization is valid for 90 days, and is non-renewable.
The work authorization is available only for graduates who complete application for licensure within 60 days of graduation.
Nurses must have the work authorization before they begin an orientation to work. Work orientation is considered nursing practice.
Temporary work authorizations may be accessed online. Paper permits are not issued.
If you require special testing accommodations due to disability, contact the Board of Nursing at: 701-328-9777
Access the site for the North Dakota Board of Nursing here: North Dakota Board of Nursing