COVID-19 Nurse Licensing
Please see below for information regarding approved waivers, BON procedures amended during the COVID-19 pandemic, and potential extensions for application requirements.
Information for Employers Regarding the Licensure Waiver During the COVID-19 Disaster
Applicants must still meet all necessary requirements to be eligible for a GN/GVN permit:
· Have a complete NCLEX Application on file and have been issued an ATT
· Have not been issued stipulations in relation to an eligibility issue
· Have not previously failed the NCLEX (for Texas or another jurisdiction)
GN/GVN permits will be extended for 6 months.
GN/GVN permits will be extended for applicants who have already been issued a permit AND have not taken the NCLEX.
GN/GVN permits issued after 3/21/2020 will be issued for 6 months.
Internationally educated nurses are not eligible for a GN/GVN permit.
At this time, temporary licenses are not being extended and are valid for 120 days from date of issuance. Due to the fluid nature of the situation, any updates or changes will be posted here.
Nurses with INACTIVE, RETIRED, or DELINQUENT Texas licenses who would
like to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic: create an account through
Texas Nurse Portal
. After you have successfully created your account, scroll down to the
last section labeled "Other Applications," and submit the appropriate
Renewal or Reactivation Application with the appropriate fee ($45 for
LVNs, $68 for RNs). Please allow up to ten (10) business days for
The following items are waived and do not need to be completed: the additional reactivation fee, CE requirement, Refresher Course requirement, and Jurisprudence Exam requirement.