Nurse Licensure Compact

With the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), nurses can practice in multiple states with a single license. As of October 2023, 41 jurisdictions have enacted NLC legislation or have pending legislation, which recognizes the multi-state license. For a full list of NLC states, see below.

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Benefits of NLC States

Nurses who have the Nurse Licensure Compact can work across multiple states without complications, eliminating the need for separate licenses, renewal requirements and fees. This doesn’t just make it easier for nurses to work with more patients—it also facilitates faster mobilization in the event of a crisis or disaster.

Eligibility for Multi-State License

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), nurses applying for a multi-state nursing license must meet the following criteria:

  • Reside in and declare an NLC state as your primary state of residence.
  • Meet the licensure requirements for your primary state of residence.
  • Be in good standing as a registered nurse (RN) or licensed professional nurse (LPN)/licensed vocational nurse (LVN)  in your primary state of residence.
  • Other requirements listed by NCSBN.

Keep in mind that nurses who are moving to another state must update their primary state of residence even if their license status will not be affected by the move. Additionally, when practicing outside of your home state, you will be held to the standards of the state where the patient or practice is located.

Nurse License Compact States

*Indicates partial implementation
**Indicates enactment, waiting for implementation

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam*
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania*
  • Rhode Island**
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virgin Islands**
  • Virginia
  • Washington*
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

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Information on nurse compact licensure states was last retrieved on October 25, 2023. For the most up-to-date information, check with your state board of nursing.