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How to Sign Up for the NCLEX-PN or NCLEX-RN

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Congratulations, you made it through nursing school! You may be seeing the NCLEX examination as an arduous task now. However, it is not more than a review of everything you have been learning in the classroom and clinical. You have already completed the toughest part and what remains now is just a final wrap-up of the whole journey.  This article presents you with smart strategies that can help you sign-up for the NCLEX examination so you can have a hitch-free outing as you sit for your licensure.


  • Remember your state’s deadline for signing up to take the test
  • Remember to supply your name just as it appears on your means of identification
  • Remember to handle your Authorization to Test carefully
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NCLEX Registration Proccess

  1. Submit your application for a license to your state Board of Nursing. Some state boards have deadlines for application submission. Ensure you know the rules applicable in your state. You can obtain the application form from the state Board of Nursing for the state wherein you desire to practice.
  2. Chose a preferable means of contact either by e-mail or U.S. mail. If you supplied your e-mail address at the point of registration for the NCLEX, all notices and letters would arrive in that manner. The same applies if you chose U.S. mail only.
  3. Choose any of the three registration options to register:
    1. Register online at You will need to provide a name just as it appears on the means of identification you are bringing to the examination center. You will also be asked to supply other details like e-mail address, telephone number, mailing address, and date of birth. You may also be asked to provide your Social Security number, gender, mother’s maiden name, maiden name, ethnicity, former name, and when the former name was last in use. You will be asked how you wish to pay the $200.00 application fee; pay by credit or debit card — Visa®, MasterCard®, or American Express® — or money order, cashier’s check, or certified check.
    2. Register by mail. If you do not have a registration form, contact the NCSBN for information on obtaining one. Carefully fill out the registration form, as a computer will read it, and mail it in along with a money order, cashier's check, or certified check to the NCSBN.
    3. You may register by telephone by calling 1-866-49NCLEX in the United States. It is suggested but not required that you have a completed registration form in front of you when you call. You will be asked information as it appears on the form. You can pay by credit card or debit card — Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. 
  1. Receive your Authorization to Test (ATT). Depending on your state Board of Nursing regulations, the Authorization to Test may expire anytime between 60 and 365 days. Receiving the ATT confirms that your state Board of Nursing has certified you to take the NCLEX. You are required to bring along the ATT with you to the examination center.
  2. Bring along one means of identification to the exam center. Acceptable forms of identification include:
    • U. S. driver’s license
    • U. S. state identification
    • Passport
    • U. S. military identification

Good luck on your test, and as always, if you are looking for a NCLEX Tutor, we are hear to help!