Registering For the NCLEX-PN

Once a student is finished with training, he or she must obtain a state license. Licenses are obtained by taking a state exam maintained and reviewed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. The exam is known as the NCLEX-PN, which stands for National Council Licensure Examination, Practical Nursing.

An LPN can register for an exam by Internet at or by mail. The address is below:

NCLEX Examination Program
Pearson Professional Testing
5601 Green Valley Drive
Bloomington, MN 55437-1099

A student also can register by phone.

United States:

Call (toll-free) 1.866.49NCLEX (1.866.496.2539)
Monday – Friday, 7 am to7 pm, U.S. Central Time.

The registration process itself is as follows:

  1. Find and submit an application in the state you wish to be licensed. Applications are different for each state, so contact that state’s board of nursing.
  2. Meet all the goals of the board of nursing’s eligibility requirements to take the exam. The eligibility requirements are verification of good professional character, no major criminal offenses, and appropriate coursework. When choosing a training program, research what the student pass rate is on an exam. Most high quality training programs do this process of registering for the test as part of your schooling.
  3. Register for the exam with Pearson VUE. This is the time to ask for any testing accommodations you may need. The exam has a fee of $200, and additional fees depending what state the exam is given.
  4. Receive a receipt of registration from Pearson VUE. Once you register, Pearson sends notification to the board of nursing of that state.
  5. If the state nursing board approves, then Pearson will send you an ATT, which is an authorization to test letter. The ATT will have an authorization number, candidate identification number, and an expiration date.
  6. There will be a number to call to set up a test appointment at a testing center. Check with your training program since many programs make arrangements for testing as part of the program. The exam is administered via computer. You will need your ATT letter and identification, such as a driver's license, to be allowed into testing.
  7. There are a variety of websites that provide brochures on the specifics of registering for the testing. Also, check with your training program since they would be the best source of information for your particular situation.

Last Updated: 05/22/2014