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NCLEX Requirements by State 2024

NCLEX Requirements by State 2024

Navigating the path to becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) involves understanding the diverse requirements and fees imposed by each state's licensing board. The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a pivotal step in this journey. Here are some general guidelines and insights to help aspiring nurses:

  1. Application Fees: The cost of applying for RN licensure varies widely from state to state, with fees typically ranging from around $75 to $500. Some states offer temporary permits for a lower fee, providing candidates with the opportunity to practice while awaiting full licensure. However, certain states like Alaska and California tend to have higher application fees compared to others like Utah and Alabama, which have relatively lower costs.

  2. Proof of Citizenship and Background Checks: Many states require proof of citizenship or legal immigration status as part of the application process. Additionally, applicants often undergo criminal background checks to ensure they meet the state's standards for licensure.

  1. Official Transcripts and Education Verification: Submitting official transcripts from nursing schools is a common requirement. Some states also verify the completion of nursing education through official channels.

  2. Variation Across States: Each state's nursing board operates with unique regulations and procedures, leading to considerable variation in licensure requirements. Some states may impose more rigorous standards or higher fees, while others offer a smoother application process with lower costs. Factors such as application fees, background check processes, and education verification contribute to the diversity of requirements across states.

  3. Variability in Requirements: Determining which states pose greater or lesser challenges in obtaining licensure is subjective and dependent on individual circumstances. States with complex application processes, higher fees, or more stringent education and background check requirements may present greater hurdles for aspiring nurses. Conversely, states with simpler processes and lower fees might be perceived as more accessible.

NCLEX Requirements by State 2024

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State
NCLEX Requirements Cost
Application Requirements
Alaska
  • $375 (permanent license only)
  • $475 (including temporary permit)
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
  • license verification
Louisiana
  • $239.25 (application for full licensure with a 90-day temporary endorsement permit)
  • $139.25 (permanent license including $100.00 application fee and $39.25 CBC processing fee)
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
Massachusetts
  • $230
  • N/A
Montana
  • $200 (plus $27.25 background check fee)
  • N/A
Oregon
  • $195 (endorsement) $160 (examination)
  • Background check
Wyoming
  • $195
  • Official transcripts
  • Fingerprint cards
Virginia
  • $190
  • Criminal background check
Texas
  • $186
  • Fingerprinting
  • FBI-run background check
Connecticut
  • $180 (includes the cost of a temporary license)
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
Delaware
  • $170 (permanent license)
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
North Dakota
  • $170
  • N/A
Kentucky
  • $165 (temporary license)
  • $125 (permanent license)
  • $12 fingerprint fee
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
Vermont
  • $150 (examination fee)
  • $60 (application fee)
  • Social Security number
  • official transcripts
Hawaii
  • $146-$202
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
Iowa
  • $143.00 (Includes the $93 application fee and the $50 fee for the criminal history background check.)
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
Minnesota
  • $138.25
  • Fingerprinting
  • Proof of graduation
Rhode Island
  • $135
  • Official transcripts and degree verification
Florida
  • $130
  • $130
Kansas
  • $125
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
Nebraska
  • $123 (Application Fee) $200 (Examination Fee) $45.25 (Criminal Background Check)
  • Proof of citizenship
  • transcripts
New Jersey
  • $120 (temporary license) $320 (permanent license)
  • The board approves only schools that achieve NCLEX passing rates of 75% or above
Washington
  • $120
  • Graduation verification
Tennessee
  • $115
  • Proof of residency
  • criminal background check
  • photograph
  • confirm US citizenship
Nevada
  • $105 (includes $5 fee for national database check)
  • N/A
Alabama
  • $100 application fee
  • $50 temporary license fee
  • $3.50 transaction fee
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
  • license verification
California
  • $100 (temporary license)
  • $300 (permanent license)
  • $49 fingerprints
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
Mississippi
  • $100
  • Social Security number
  • proof of graduation
  • transcripts
Utah
  • $100
  • Official transcripts
  • Fingerprints for background checks
Oklahoma
  • $95 (temporary license) $85 (permanent license)
  • Answer questions about fitness to serve
  • background check
  • fingerprints
South Carolina
  • $90 (permanent license)
  • $100 (permanent license with temporary license)
  • Passport-style photograph
  • Notarized affidavit
  • Proof of citizenship or legal immigration
Missouri
  • $90 (background check costs just under $
Colorado
  • $88 (nurse grads)
  • $43 for licensure by endorsement
  • $164 renewal fee
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
Georgia
  • $75 and a $10 processing fee
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
Maine
  • $75 (temporary license)
  • $75 (permanent license)
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
  • passport-style photo
North Carolina
  • $75 (application fee) $200 (examination fee)
  • Transcripts
Ohio
  • $75
  • Criminal background check
  • fingerprints
  • transcripts
Pennsylvania
  • $70 (temporary license) $120 (permanent license without examination) $145 (permanent license with examination)
  • Proof of graduation
  • criminal and personal history questionnaire
Michigan
  • $64.25 plus an application fee of $80.30
  • N/A
Arizona
  • $50 temporary
  • $300 application fee
  • $50 fingerprints
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
Indiana
  • $50 (temporary license)
  • $200 (permanent license)
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
New Mexico
  • $50 (temporary license) $110 (permanent license) $44 (fingerprinting card)
  • Graduation verification
  • official transcripts
Maryland
  • $40 (temporary license)
  • $100 (permanent license)
  • Transcripts
  • Social Security number
  • verification of no outstanding child support payments
New York
  • $35 (temporary license) $143 (permanent license)
  • Demonstrate
Arkansas
  • $30 (temporary license)
  • $125 (permanent license)
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
Idaho
  • $25 (temporary license)
  • $118.25 (permanent license)
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
South Dakota
  • $25 (temporary license)
  • $115 (permanent license)
  • $43.25 background check fee
  • Official transcripts
West Virginia
  • $25 (temporary license)
  • $70 (permanent license)
  • Official transcripts
Illinois
  • $25 (temporary license)
  • $50 (permanent license)
  • $50 application fee
  • Proof of citizenship
  • official transcripts
New Hampshire
  • $20 (temporary license) $148 (permanent license)
  • N/A
Wisconsin
  • $10 (temporary license)
  • $75 (new graduates)
  • $82 (out of state nurses)
  • N/A
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