By The Gypsy Nurse Staff

June 25, 2019

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What is a Nurse Compact License?

The Nurse Compact License

Requirements for a nurse compact license are similar across states. However, each state may determine and vary its own licensure requirements.  The states that participate in the compact have agreed that the licensing requirements in the individual states are compliant with their own licensing requirements. Therefore, these states allow you to work in their state without any additional licensing.

Nurse Compact License Requirements

Who’s Eligible?

Currently the Compact license is available for LPN’s and RN’s.  Additionally, there is current legislation attempting to provide a compact for Advance Practice Nurses.

According to NCSBN The following are necessary in order to qualify for a Compact License

  • Legally reside in a NLC state.
  • Hold an active RN or LPN/VN nursing license in good standing. (APRN’s are not included in this compact.)
  • Declare a NLC state as your primary state of residency.
  • Meet the licensure requirements in your home state.

Additionally, some states have additional requirements in order to qualify. Check each state boards website for details.

Which States Participate in the Compact? 

Over the years, the nurse compact license has evolved. Now referred to as the eNLC. There are currently 31 states that have passed legislation. Indiana, Alabama, Kansas and Louisiana have passed and are pending implementation (as of June 2018)

NLC State

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas 
  • Colorado 
  • Delaware 
  • Florida
  • Idaho 
  • Iowa 
  • Kentucky 
  • Maine 
  • Maryland 
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri 
  • Montana
  • Nebraska  
  • New Hampshire 
  • New Mexico 
  • North Carolina 
  • North Dakota 
  • Rhode Island 
  • South Carolina 
  • South Dakota 
  • Tennessee 
  • Texas 
  • Utah 
  • Virginia 
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Awaiting Implementation

Pending Legislation

  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Michigan

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