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NCLEX Forms for West Virginia

Note: In the state of West Virginia RNs and LPNs are managed by separate groups:

RN practice is regulated by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses

LPN practice is regulated by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses

Licensure by Examination Applications:

RN Application: RN Apply Online

LPN Application: LPN Apply Online


RN Application Fee: $70

LPN Application Fee: $75.00

Fees are non-refundable


  • Both RN and LPN licensure application forms for the state of West Virginia must be submitted on paper.
  • Fingerprints and criminal background checks are required for both RN and LPN candidates.
  • Applicants are required under law to report all misdemeanor and felony convictions. "Driving under the influence" convictions must be reported. Convictions must be reported even if they have been adjudicated, dismissed or expunged. Failure to report prior convictions or disciplinary action is considered falsification of application and is grounds for denial of licensure or revocation of license.
  • Submitting the application for licensure by examination does NOT register you for the exam. Applicants must register and pay separately for the exam by going to: www.pearsonvue.com.

As part of the application process RN and LPN applicants must:

  • Register to take the NCLEX. If you submit the application for licensure before registering for the exam, your application process may be delayed.
  • Obtain a recent passport-size photograph (2x2) and affix it to the application. The photograph must be signed by yourself and by the Director or Dean of your nursing school.
  • Request that your school send a final, official Transcript directly to the Board.
  • Make an appointment to have your fingerprints taken. Do this by going to Identogo , selecting the state of West Virginia, and following the directions on the website.
  • Have the application notarized. 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.

Licensing Process
Once you are registered for the NCLEX and the application, fee, criminal background check and supporting documentation have been received, the Board will determine your eligibility to test.

Applicants who are deemed eligible to test will receive an Authorization To Test (ATT) notification directly from the testing service. The ATT letter will include information regarding scheduling the examination. 

When passing examination results are received by the Board a license will be issued.

About Temporary Permits

For RNs and LPNs:

Interim Permits allow new graduates to practice nursing while awaiting NCLEX results. Permits can only be issued after you have received authorization to test.
To receive a permit you must indicate this on the application form and submit the appropriate fee.
Temporary permits are valid for 90 days or until NCLEX results become available, whichever happens first.
Temporary permits are non-renewable.

Candidates with Disabilities
If you need special accommodations for the examination due to disability, contact the RN or LPN Boards at:

RNs: Phone: 1-877-743-NURS(6877) 
Email: rnboard@wv.gov

LPNs: Phone: (877)558-LPNS
Email: lpn.board@wv.gov. This should be done as early in the application process as possible.

Need More Information?

Access the site for the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses at: West Virginia RN Board

Access the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses at: West Virginia LPN Board