The Nursing Licensure Compact allows nurses in participating states to recognize the nursing licenses issued by other participating states. Both states in question must be Nursing Licensure Compact states. There are 24 states in the Nursing Licensure Compact, with one more set to join and a few states exploring the possibility. Montana has approved Nursing Licensure Compact legislation that is awaiting implementation, which will begin October 1, 2015. Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, Illinois and Oklahoma all have legislation in the works to allow them to join the compact.

Benefits

The nursing compact removes complications for nurses practicing in multiple states. Nurses from compact states are able to practice across state lines and do not have to worry about applying for licensure in other compact states or paying the fees that come with licensure. With more nurses practicing across state lines, state boards of nursing are coordinating more than ever before — helping to expand the mobility of nurses as part of the nation’s health care system.

Eligibility for Multi State License

In order to apply for a multistate nursing license, you must meet the following criteria:

  • ● Your state of residence must be a compact state, and you must declare a compact state as your primary state of residency
  • ● You must hold an active RN or LPN license, as the compact only applies to registered nurses and licensed practical nurses.
  • ● You must meet any requirements for licensure held by your home state, though when practicing, you will also be held to the standards of the state where the patient or practice is located.

Nursing Compact States

Arizona

Arkansas

Colorado

Delaware

Idaho

Iowa

Kentucky

Maine

Maryland

Mississippi

Missouri

Nebraska

New Hampshire

New Mexico

North Carolina

North Dakota

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Virginia

Wisconsin

 

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has created this video to help you understand when and how you can use a multistate license.