|ELECTRONIC APPLICATION|| You must submit a complete application. For information about what is required on the application, see the Licensure by Exam FAQs (below).
Note: The application for licensure as a nurse in the state of Alabama is intended for completion only by the individual applying for licensure and should not be completed by any third party on behalf of the applicant. The application requires an attestation by the applicant as to the accuracy and completeness of the information to the Alabama Board of Nursing. Please note that any applicant or licensee of the Board who provides incomplete or inaccurate information on an application is subject to discipline against his or her license.
For information about what is required on the application, see the Applicant for Licensure by Exam – General Questions & Applicant for Licensure by Exam – Application Questions.
Electronic payment via credit or debit card
|SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER (SSN)||You must have a valid Social Security Number. You will not be able to complete the application without submitting your SSN.|
You must be a citizen or legal US resident
|For information on meeting this requirement, please refer to the Citizenship/Legal Presence FAQs (below). You must complete and submit the appropriate form and supporting documentation to the Board.
|NURSING PROGRAM GRADUATION||You must have graduated from a nursing program (RN or PN) which substantially meets the same educational criteria as Alabama nursing programs.|
|NURSING PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT||You must request your nursing program to submit an official transcript to the ABN in a sealed envelope. Faxed transcripts are not accepted.|
The Alabama Immigration Law requires that in order to issue or renew a license, each applicant or licensed nurse is required to submit proof of citizenship or legal presence at least once.
Submit the appropriate checklist and copies of appropriate documents via email, fax, or mail. Contact information is on the form.
Do I have to submit this even though I was originally licensed a very long time ago and am reinstating my license?
Yes. The Alabama Immigration Law requires that a licensed nurse is required to submit proof of citizenship or legal presence at least once if she or he is a citizen or non-citizen with a permanent residence card. Non-citizens with other documents must submit documentation at each renewal.
You must complete the appropriate form for your specific situation and submit the completed form and supporting documentation to the Board.
|Exam Applicants||Citizen Checklist||Non-Citizen Checklist|
|Endorsement Applicants||Citizen Checklist||Non-Citizen Checklist|
|Reinstatement Applicants||Citizen Checklist||Non-Citizen Checklist|
|Already Licensed in Alabama||Citizen Checklist||Non-Citizen Checklist|
There is contact information on the form. Forms may be submitted by email (preferred), mail, fax, or in person at the Board office. For example, a nurse or applicant, who is a US Citizen, may complete the form and take a photo of the form with the person’s Driver’s License in view on the form and email the photo to the email address on the citizenship form.
Applicant for Licensure by Exam – Application Questions
- You will have to select the type of license for which you are applying, RN or LPN.
- You will have to answer a question regarding citizenship.
- You must provide your Social Security Number.
- You will enter identifying information here as well, such as your name, address, birth date, gender, and email address.
What if the name I use doesn’t match my identification? OR What if I have plans to get married after I graduate and possibly before I am scheduled to test?
Very Important Information Regarding Name:
- The FIRST & LAST names that you list on your application must MATCH EXACTLY to the identification you plan to use when you present to take the NCLEX®.
- For more information on identification requirements for NCLEX®, click here.
- The name that you list on the application will be the name under which you are licensed. The name you list will also be used for your Pearson Vue registration and should match the picture ID used to test at the testing center.
- Pearson Vue Registration: The SSN is not a mandatory field to register with Pearson Vue. However, the ABN requires that you submit this information to Pearson Vue. You will not be issued a license by the ABN until you provide a SSN.
The application requires you to identify the nursing program where you graduated. Programs in the US have the NCLEX® Program Codes readily available for you to choose from in the application. You will have to identify the degree or certificate awarded upon completion of your nursing program. You must also include your graduation date.
Applicants educated outside the US, please refer to the Foreign Nursing Program Graduates FAQs.
You may request a Temporary Permit when you apply if this is your first time applying for Licensure by Examination (in any jurisdiction). Although there is an area on the application where you may list your employer, you do not have to list an employer to be eligible for a permit. However, a Temporary Permit will not be issued until a complete application has been submitted to the Board, including citizenship/legal presence documentation, official transcript, and supporting documentation for any affirmative responses to regulatory questions. You should also know that a Temporary Permit may or may not be issued due to an affirmative response to any regulatory question. Depending on your individual circumstances and anticipated disclosure(s), you may wish to carefully consider requesting and paying for a Temporary Permit. FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
For more information about activities permitted with a Temporary Permit, please see the Temporary Permit FAQs.
These are questions that aid the Board in determining the applicant’s “good moral character”, as required by law. An affirmative response does not preclude an individual from licensure and applicants are expected to read the questions carefully and answer honestly. As a matter of fact, many persons are licensed each year who provide affirmative responses to one or more of the regulatory questions. The regulatory questions ask about your past history in the following areas: Criminal History, Substance Use, Physical or Mental Health, Discipline or Investigations of Other Licenses or Professions, and Military Discharge.
For more information, please see the Criminal History and Prior Disciplinary Action FAQs.
You must submit a detailed written explanation of the circumstances surrounding the event(s) which you are disclosing on your application. You must also submit additional supporting documentation. Examples of supporting documentation include: Case Action Summary for criminal activity; Admission & Discharge Summary for previous substance use or mental health treatment; Military DD214.
For more information, please see the Criminal History and Prior Disciplinary Action FAQs.
This is where you may review all information submitted on the application for accuracy. You should return to previous screens to make revisions before submitting your application. You will not be able to make any revisions to your application once it is submitted. You should also be aware that failure to answer Regulatory Questions honestly may result in denial of licensure or disciplinary action if the license is issued.
You will type your electronic signature into the area indicated as your affirmation that the information submitted in your application is true and accurate. You must also submit electronic payment information via credit or debit card for the Application Fee ($100), Transaction Fee ($3.50), and Temporary Permit ($50) (if requested).
Applicant for Licensure by Exam - General Questions
- You must still be eligible in the state where you originally applied for licensure.
- If you have taken the NCLEX in another state:
- Complete Part I of the Out-of-State Repeat Examination Application Attachment
- Contact the Board of Nursing where you originally applied for licensure by exam to see if a fee is
charged for completion of the form.
- Mail the form to the Board of Nursing where you originally applied for licensure by exam who will submit the form to the ABN.
Requests for modification of the procedures for administering the examination for candidates with disabilities must be submitted to the Board with the application for licensure and must include an evaluation of the disability by the applicant’s licensed physician or licensed psychologist and a statement from the director of the nursing education program addressing any accommodations made during the nursing education process.
Examination results, available only from your Board of Nursing, will be mailed to candidates approximately 3-5 days after taking the examination. Results may also be viewed here 24-48 hours after testing. For quality control purposes, every computerized NCLEX® examination is scored twice – once by the computer at the test center and then the result is verified after the examination record has been transmitted to Pearson VUE. Although the examination is scored as the candidate completes each item, NO RESULTS are released at the test center. Do not call your Board of Nursing, NCLEX® candidate services, the Pearson Professional Centers, or NCSBN for examination results.