Compact Nursing License

What is the Compact Licensure for Nursing?

The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows nurses to uphold patient care when necessary in the various partaking states. Nurses who live in a designated compact nursing state are able to obtain a compact license (multi-state license) to practice in other compact nursing states without having to purchase or apply for an additional state license.

How Do I Apply for a Compact State Nursing License?

Living In A Compact State?

If you live in one of the compact states, and are actively licensed as a registered nurse, you are eligible to travel and work in another compact state.

Moving To A Compact State?

If you are moving to another compact state, you will need to apply by endorsement for that states’ license.

Non-Compact State to a Compact State

If your primary state of residency is not a compact state, you are not eligible for a compact state license (multi-state nursing license). Your eligibility will be limited to a single-state license that is valid in that state only. 

Nurse Compact to a Non-Compact State

If you’re moving from a nurse compact state to a non-compact state, you’re required to apply for a new licensure by endorsement in your new home state. You may not use your multistate license in the non-compact state.

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