HOW LONG IT TAKES FOR LICENSE TO POST IN ILLINOIS / IDFPR LOOKUP
I want to clarify how this works for some people but I wasn't sure until I went through the process. Here's how the process went for me in Illinois (this is for nclex-pn and I'm sure it's the same for nclex-rn).
Took the Nclex-PN on Sunday, Jan 9th. 1 Hour later, did the Pearson vue trick and got the "Good Pop-up" (thank god, because I didn't want to fork over another $200) lol.
Waited 48 hours. (doesn't matter if business day, holiday, etc... 48 hours no matter what..., you can purchase the quick results for 8 dollars). So on Friday, I finished at 3:30 pm, so on Sunday 1/11/15, I checked the pearson vue website at 3:30 pm and my results were ready. Even though I knew I passed, I paid the 8 bucks to be sure. Two days later, on Tuesday 1/13/15, I get a letter in the mail saying I need to pay $50 dollars for my license and that they only accept check/money order. This letter also states I can work license pending for 3 months (i don't think it says that for the RN letter though). I send it out certified mail and they get it on 1/21/15. Two days after they received my $50 dollars, I checked the idfpr website (on 1/23/15) to see if my license was up and it was. On 1/28/15 (Wednesday), I got my official paper copy of my license in the mail.
I'm just writing this to give you a time frame on how long it takes. In essence, if you pass nclex, you will get a letter in the mail. Pay the license fee in Illinois. In about 2 weeks your name should show up on the idfpr license lookup site and in about 3 weeks you should get your paper copy. Hope this helps!