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 25 states in the Nursing Licensure Compact, with a few states exploring the possibility of joining. Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, Illinois and Oklahoma all have legislation in the works to allow them to join the compact.
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
- New Hampshire
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota