The Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC) allows nurses to have one license to practice in multiple states. There are currently 34 states which have enacted NLC legislation, meaning they recognize the multi-state license or have such legislation pending. For a full list of NLC states, see below.
The Nursing Licensure Compact removes complications for nurses practicing in multiple states. Nurses from NLC states are able to work across state lines without having to worry about applying for licensure in each state or being burdened by multiple renewal requirements and fees. With more nurses practicing across state lines, state boards of nursing are coordinating now more than ever before — helping to expand the mobility of nurses as part of the nation’s wider healthcare system.
Eligibility for Multi-State License
In order to apply for a multi-state nursing license, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must reside in an NLC state, and you must declare an NLC state as your primary state of residency;
- You must be actively licensed as a registered nurse (RN) or licensed professional nurse (LPN)/licensed vocational nurse (LVN);
- 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
*Indicates pending legislation
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey*
- New Mexico
- North Carolina*
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina*
- South Dakota
- West Virgina