How do I obtain the documents to apply for licensure in your jurisdiction?

The application may be downloaded from our website: Doc 22-23: NCLEX Initial Application by Examination (Revised: 06-08-22).

What are the requirements for the licensure application?

Our website provides the requirement checklist form and may be downloaded at: Doc 20-21: NCLEX Requirements for Licensure by Examination (Revised: 06-08-22, Revision 1).

If I apply at your jurisdiction, do you require applicants to have a Social Security Number (SSN)?

The NMI BON does not require SSN at this time. Should there be any changes to this requirement in the future, it will be posted in our website and will be revised on our checklist requirement form.

I am a foreign applicant with a nursing diploma equivalent to a US Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), can I still apply to take the NCLEX?

All foreign/international applicant must have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in order to apply with the NMI BON. However, the NMI BON accepts only US accredited ASN program.

How much is the application fee?

The application fee is $150.00 and is non-refundable. Accepted mode of payments are US cashier’s check, US bank draft or US money order. Payment must be made payable to the “NMI Board of Nursing” or “NMI BON“. Foreign/International payment will be returned. Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

How long will it take for my documents to be approved by the Board for the NCLEX Examination?

If all required and supporting documents are received including payment, it will take approximately 4-8 weeks. However, there may be other delays that are out of our control (ei. mail to foreign countries may take longer, school credentials and payment are sent separately, etc).

What will cause delay in processing my application?
What are the common problems encountered by CBNE on the processing of applications for the NCLEX?

There can be numerous reasons, but if you follow the instructions on the checklist accordingly then there won’t be a cause for the delay. However, our office has encountered the following issues, which should be avoided as best possible.

  1. Multiple people sending documents; one person sends payment while the applicant sends in the application.
  2. Any document that is not legible will be returned and the applicant will be asked to re-submit.
  3. Photos are not signed in the appropriate location (must be signed on the front bottom portion of the photos).
  4. Payment is made by international/foreign bank draft check; or payment is made payable to the wrong payee. Applicant must not endorse the back portion of the check/money order; endorsing it would mean a return of payment to the applicant.
  5. Application questionnaire is not answered appropriately.
  6. Lacking the required CRLE form that nursing school must complete (Doc 47: CE Provider Information (Revised: 07-27-21))

If there are lacking requirements or problems with my application, how will I be notified?

The NMI BON staff does an initial review to ensure completion of requirements are complied with. If there is any lacking requirement(s), our staff will send an email to the applicant for faster communication. Therefore, please ensure that you provide a valid email address in your application. Once you receive our email notification, you may continue to follow up by email on the status of your application.

What happens when I receive the approval from Board to take the NCLEX Examination?

Once you receive your approval letter, please visit the NCSBN website at for guidance on the NCLEX registration process.

How long before I receive my ATT?

Once you’ve registered with PearsonVue and your name will appear in our board system, you will be notified by email of the change of status and therefore, you will be given a 90-day period to schedule your NCLEX examination.

How long is the validity of my application for licensure by examination?

This will depend on the following:

  • Your application is valid for one (1) year from the date we receive your application. If your application is incomplete, you will have this one year period to complete the requirements. If the one year has lapse and it is still incomplete, your application will be discarded and application fee will not be refunded.
  • However, if your application is approved, your application is valid for one (1) year from the date of the approval letter sent to you by the NMI BON. Within this one year period, you will need to register to take the NCLEX. If you fail to take the NCLEX by the expiration date of your approval letter, your application will be considered void, and you will need to resubmit another application along with the $150 fee and the two (2) signed photos.

After I take the NCLEX examination, how long before I receive my test results.

For unofficial test results, the applicant may visit this website: The NMI BON sends out official test results by first class mail; therefore, this may take 3-4 weeks depending on the outcome of the test results. Test results are not given by email nor by telephone.

Again, there may be other delays that are out of our control (ei. mail to foreign countries may take longer).

What happens if I pass the exam?

When an applicant passes the test, the NMI BON will issue a license and a certificate by first class mail to the address indicated on the applicant’s application. If an applicant passes, he/she may verify his/her license by visiting within two (2) weeks after the test date.

If I fail the exam, what is the process for a re-take of the NCLEX?

If an applicant fails the NCEX examination, he/she will need to submit another application (Doc 22-23: NCLEX Initial Application by Examination (Revised: 06-08-22)), two (2) signed photos and the application fee of $150.

Do I need to submit another set of requirements for the NCLEX re-take?

No, you do not need to submit another set because your initial documents were previously reviewed and approved by the Board.

If I failed the NCLEX-RN, can I apply to take the LPN instead?

An applicant may apply for the LPN but will need to submit another application along with the $150 fee and two (2) signed photos. However, the review and approval is determined by the Board based on it’s rules & regulation.

How do I go about changing my name or address while my application is still being reviewed by the NMI BON?

All you will need to do is complete the change of name form which can be downloaded from our website and mail it to CBNE along with supporting document showing evidence of such change. Please find the form at: Doc 48: Request for Name Address & Email Change (Revised: 06-08-22).

I registered with PearsonVue with my maiden name (prior to getting married) but now I have legal documents to show my married name, what is the process in making the changes with PearsonVue?

Please refer to question #14 and please keep in mind that once we change your name in our member board system, you will be required during the test day to present a government issued photo identification that exactly matches the change of name you requested. If you do not have such photo identification, you will not be allowed to take the scheduled exam. For international applicants, the required photo id is a valid passport.