What is a Nurse Compact License? • The Gypsy Nurse

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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 an NLC state.
  • Hold an active RN or LPN/VN nursing license in good standing. (APRN’s are not included in this compact.)
  • Declare an 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 board’s 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 39 states that have passed legislation.
Information retrieved from https://www.ncsbn.org/nurse-licensure-compact.htm

NLC State

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas 
  4. Colorado 
  5. Delaware 
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. Idaho 
  9. Indiana
  10. Iowa 
  11. Kansas
  12. Kentucky 
  13. Louisiana
  14. Maine 
  15. Maryland 
  16. Mississippi
  17. Missouri 
  18. Montana
  19. Nebraska  
  20. New Hampshire 
  21. New Jersey
  22. New Mexico 
  23. North Carolina 
  24. North Dakota 
  25. Ohio
  26. Oklahoma
  27. South Carolina 
  28. South Dakota 
  29. Tennessee 
  30. Texas 
  31. Utah 
  32. Vermont
  33. Virginia 
  34. West Virginia
  35. Wisconsin
  36. Wyoming

Pending States

  • Alaska – Pending NLC legislation
  • Guam- Partial Implementation
  • Illinois – Pending NLC legislation
  • Massachusetts – Pending NLC legislation
  • Michigan – Pending NLC legislation
  • New York -Pending NLC legislation
  • Pennsylvania – Enacted NLC, Awaiting Implementation
  • U.S. Virgin Islands – Enacted NLC, Awaiting Implementation

Additional Reading


All information on this page was obtained via nurse.org. Please check back often for updates.

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