I have registered for the NCLEX, when will I get my Authorization to Test (ATT) letter?

After you register with Pearson VUE and your board of nursing declares you eligible, you will receive your Authorization to Test (ATT).  All application materials and fees must be submitted to the board of nursing before they can deem you eligible to test.

Once the board of nursing declares you eligible to test and your ATT is issued, you must test within the validity dates of your ATT nursing (varies from 60 days to 365 days; however, the average is 90 days). These validity dates cannot be extended for any reason. If you do not test within these dates you will have to reregister and repay the examination fee.

The ATT contains your authorization number, candidate identification number and an expiration date. You need the ATT to:

  1. Schedule an appointment to take the NCLEX examination
  2. Be admitted to the test center on the day of the examination appointment. Candidates will not be admitted to the examination without their ATT’s and will be required to reregister and repay to take the examination.

Call Pearson VUE NCLEX Candidate Services at 866.496.2539 or at one of the international telephone numbers listed on the inside front cover of the 2010 NCLEX® Candidate Bulletin to report a lost ATT or if it has been two weeks since you registered and have not received your ATT.

Links to all boards of nursing websites and contact information are available on the Contact a Board of Nursing page.

For more information on the ATT, visit the Authorization to Test page.

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