You will no longer need to present a paper copy of your Authorization to Test (ATT) for admittance to the NCLEX. To gain access to the NCLEX, you will be required to present one form of acceptable identification as detailed under "Identification Requirements". Your identification must match exactly the first and last name you provided when registering. If the name on your ID does not match exactly the name you provided when registering (as listed on your ATT), you will not be admitted to the exam and will be required to reregister and pay another exam fee.
Because of the importance of the NCLEX, strict identification requirements have been established, including those for identification from a U.S. Sanctioned Country. For purposes of the NCLEX, the U.S. includes American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands.
The first and last name printed on your identification must match exactly the first and last name printed on your Authorization to Test (ATT) email. If the name with which you registered is different from the name on your identification, you must bring legal name-change documentation to the test center on the day of the test.The only acceptable forms of legal name-change documentation are the following:
- marriage license
- divorce decree and/or court action legal name change documents.
All documents must be in English and the original copies. Candidates wishing to make a legal name change, address change or email address change must contact their board of nursing. This cannot be done at the test center.
If the name on your ID and ATT email do not match, you will be turned away and will have to reregister and pay another exam fee.
When you arrive at the test center, you will be required to present one form of acceptable identification. If you arrive at the test center without acceptable identification, you will be turned away and required to reregister and pay another exam fee of $200. If you paid the additional international scheduling fee of $150, that will be forfeited as well.
The only acceptable forms of identification in test centers in the U.S. are:
- U.S. driver's license (Department of Motor Vehicle-issued)(if expired, a renewal slip including a photograph and a signature must be presented in order to be admitted)
- U.S. state identification (Department of Motor Vehicle-issued)
- U.S. Military Identification
The only identification acceptable in test centers outside the U.S. is:
All identification must be valid (not expired) with a signature and photograph. All identification must be in English and signed in English.
Driver's/learner's permits or temporary identification are not accepted. Only the identification listed above will be accepted.
Due to U.S. trade restrictions, candidates who indicate that they live in a sanctioned country are unable to be admitted to sit for the NCLEX. This is a federal requirement by The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of Treasury. Currently, the country on the U.S. economic and trade sanctions list is Cuba.
Testing at a Domestic PPC
In order to be admitted to the NCLEX, candidates who are testing at a Pearson Professional Center (PPC) within the U.S. and hold a passport from a sanctioned country, must present one of the following:
- Passport from the sanctioned country with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) stamp (temporary I-1551), (endorsement by INS in a passport to show admission for permanent residence)
- Passport from the sanctioned country along with a U.S. Permanent Residence Card (Green Card)
- U.S. driver's license/U.S. state identification (Department of Motor Vehicle-issued)
Testing at an International PPC
In order to be admitted to the NCLEX, candidates who are testing at an international PPC and hold a passport from a sanctioned country must also present proof of residency (government issued identification) from a non-sanctioned country. This only applies to candidates presenting a passport from a sanctioned country. Candidates testing internationally who reside in a non-sanctioned country only need to present a passport as a form of identification.