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Initial Licensure and Recognition Forms - Declaratory Order

A petition for Declaratory Order is a formal disclosure to the Board of an outstanding eligibility issue that may prevent an applicant from taking the NCLEX examination upon completion of a nursing program. The Declaratory Order process permits the Board to make decisions regarding a petitioner’s eligibility for licensure prior to entering or completing a nursing program.

Download Form: PETITION FOR DECLARATORY ORDER   Adobe Acrobat PDF pdf

To avoid a delay in the review process, please be sure to follow each of the instructions carefully and complete the entire form. A declaratory order is not reviewed for a decision until all requirements are met and fees are received. An incomplete petition could delay the decision letter.

Who should submit a Declaratory Order?

  • Individuals attending an out-of-state nursing program who are more than 6 months away from graduation and have an eligibility issue to disclose to the Board.
  • Individuals attending or planning to attend a Texas based nursing program, who have submitted fingerprints to the BON through the New/Accepted Student Roster process and have a non-CBC issue to disclose to the BON (i.e. they received a blue card, but need to answer “yes” to eligibility questions #2-5)
  • Individuals attending or planning to attend a Texas based nursing program, who have submitted fingerprints to the BON through the New/Accepted Student Roster process, and received a letter from the BON requesting the submission of the Declaratory Order Petition.


Further details in the Texas Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations are available at this link: §213.30. Declaratory Order of Eligibility for Licensure.