Texas Board of Nurse Examiners Licensure Questions:
All students seeking licensure as a registered nurse must pass the NCLEX-RN administered by the Texas Board of
Nurse Examiners. The Board may delay or refuse to admit persons to their examination or refuse to issue a license or
certificate of registration for any of the following reasons:
1) For any criminal offense, including those pending appeal, have you:
a. Been convicted of a misdemeanor?
b. Been convicted of a felony?
c. Pled nolo contendere, no contest, or guilty?
d. Received deferred adjudication?
e. Been placed on community supervision or court-ordered probation, whether or not adjudicated guilty?
f. Been sentenced to serve jail or prison time? Court-ordered confinement?
g. Been granted pre-trial diversion?
h. Been arrested or any pending criminal charges?
i. Been cited or charged with any violation of the law?
j. Been subject of a court-martial; Article 15 violation; or received any form of
(You may only exclude Class C misdemeanor traffic violations.)
NOTE: Expunged and Sealed Offenses: While expunged or sealed offenses, arrests, tickets, or citations need not
be disclosed, it is your responsibility to ensure the offense, arrest, ticket or citation has, in fact, been
sealed. It is recommended that you submit a copy of the Court Order expunging or sealing the record in
question to the BON office with your application. Failure to reveal an offense, arrest, ticket, or citation that is
not in fact expunged or sealed, will at a minimum, subject your license to a disciplinary fine. Non-disclosure of
relevant offenses raises questions related to truthfulness and character.
NOTE: Orders of Non-Disclosure: Pursuant to Tex.Gov’t Code § 552.142(b), if you have criminal matters that are
the subject of an order of non-disclosure you are not required to reveal those criminal matters on this form.
However, a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure may become a character and
fitness issue. Pursuant to other sections of the Gov’t Code chapter 411, the Texas Nursing Board is entitled to
access criminal history record information that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure. If the Board
discovers a criminal matter that is the subject of an order of non-disclosure, even if you properly did not reveal
that matter, the Board may require you to provide information about that criminal matter.
2) Are you currently the target or subject of a grand jury or governmental agency investigation?
3) Has any licensing authority refused to issue you a license or ever revoked, annulled, cancelled, accepted
surrender of, suspended, placed on probation, refused to renew a professional license, certificate, or multi-
state privilege held by you now or previously, or ever fined, censured, reprimanded or otherwise disciplined
4) Within the past five (5) years have you been addicted to and/or treated for the use of alcohol or any other drug?
5) Within the past five (5) years have you been diagnosed with, treated, or hospitalized for schizophrenia and/or
psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, paranoid personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, or
borderline personality disorder?
If you answered YES to any of the above questions or if you are not certain of the answer, then you
MUST be prepared to complete the declaratory order process! These questions will be asked when
you fingerprint and the TX BON will notify you via email with instructions. If you answered yes, you will need
to submit your nursing application as EARLY AS POSSIBLE once the application period begins. After your application has been processed,
we will then submit your name on a roster to the Texas Board of Nursing. The later you submit your nursing application the more you
delay the results from the Texas Board of Nursing.
Further instructions and forms can be obtained at: https://www.bon.texas.gov/forms_declaratory_order.asp
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