State by State RN Licensing Time-Frame Guide

State by State RN Licensing Time-Frame Guide


When you are contemplating a Travel Nurse position in a state that you are not currently licensed, timing is often an issue.  The following visual RN licensing guide provided by: Steven Wolfe of AdvantageRN will give you a general idea if you have time to license before the contract starts.

The States highlighted in yellow are ‘Compact’ states.  Walk-through states allow a nurse to obtain a temporary license issued in as little as one day’s time.  A temporary license is used to practice while pending a permanent license.  Temporary licenses are generally valid from 30-90 days.  Check with each state to determine specific requirements.

Licensing TimeFrame
 Disclaimer: Please check with the Specific Nursing Board website to verify this information as timing and requirements changes frequently.  This listing is intended to be a tool and should not be used in place of the current Nusing board information.
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  1. CA is no longer a walk through state

    Audry sent me the link re: the Birthplace Mgr. Is this a perm position only, or would they consider an interim mgr? What size is the unit? How many births do they do a year?

    • THanks for the update on CA!

      I don’t know anything about a message from Audry? The Gypsy Nurse does not provide jobs, it provides resources for travelers to be successful and connect with other travelers. Sorry I can’t help with this…

  2. You can get a hawaii license in the same day…if u have your employer fill out a verification of employment…took me 10 minutes at the board to get my temp license…

  3. Are you no longer updating/blogging/posting to your gypsynurse site? I just now have been referred to it; looks like something I would like to follow. Thanks.

  4. Do you have a similar table for APN (FNP etc) license times. I am considering travel nursing and I know I have to get my RN and APN license in any state but wanted to know if getting the ANP part is the same time frame (walk thru etc) as an RN license. Hope that made sense I am very tired right now. LOL

  5. I was wondering if there was a updated copy of how fast a person can get their license. I know that there has been a few changes lately and this one is out of date. I use this a lot. Thanks for posting it and will be looking for a update.

  6. I was just surfing the net and came across your site. I am a dialysis nurse and have always wanted to do the travel nursing,it is a great way to see the world and meet new people. I live in Rochester,NY. I would appreciate any info you have and would like to follow your site Thank you for your time. Look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Dawn Hoffman.