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NCLEX Forms for Ohio

Licensure by Examination Applications:

RN/LPN: Apply Online


RN/LPN Application Fee: $75.00

Fees are non-refundable and payable to "Treasurer, State of Ohio" (certified check, cashier's check, or money order only)


  • Applications for the state of Ohio are submitted on paper. You must fill out the application, print it and notarize it before mailing it in.
  • Fingerprints and a federal criminal background checks are required.
  • 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.
  • Request that a Program Completion Letter, certifying that the applicant completed a nursing education program, be submitted to the board directly from the director of the nursing program. If you are applying for LPN licensing, you must have an Intravenous (IV) Therapy designation on the program completion letter in order to be authorized to administer IV Therapy in Ohio.
  • Have your fingerprints taken. This will begin the criminal background check process. Fingerprints may only be submitted electronically. The use of fingerprint cards and ink must be approved by the board. To find a location for your electronic fingerprinting go here: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Services/Business/WebCheck/Webcheck-Community-Listing
  • 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. send to ATTENTION: LICENSURE UNIT.

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 Ohio Board of Nursing issues temporary permits only to nurses seeking licensure by endorsement.

If you require special testing accommodations because of a disability, it is recommended that you notify the Board, in writing, six months prior to the date you wish to take the examination. You must also submit:

A letter indicating what your disability is and what type of accommodations you are requesting.

Documentation from your nursing program describing any accommodations provided to you during your education.

A letter from a licensed health care provider stating your diagnosis and providing copies of supporting test findings and/or evaluations. This documentation must be sent to the Board directly from the health care provider.

More information is found here: Request for Special Accommodation

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