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
Currently, the Compact license is available for LPNs and RNs. 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. (APRNs 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 40 states that have passed legislation.
- Guam (Allows nurses who hold active, unencumbered, multi-state licenses issued by Nurse Licensure Compact member states to practice in Guam under their multi-state licenses.)
- Louisiana (RN & LPN)
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia (RN & LPN)
- Guam: Pending tentative implementation in 2023. Nurses holding a multistate license in other NLC states may now practice in Guam. Guam residents cannot obtain a multistate license until implementation is complete.
- Pennsylvania: NLC enacted July 1, 2021. An NLC implementation date is unknown at this time. Criminal background checks must also be implemented. The state is awaiting approval of criminal background checks from the FBI. PA residents cannot obtain a multistate license until implementation is completed. Nurses in other NLC states with a multistate license may not practice in PA until implementation is complete.
- Virgin Islands: NLC enacted Dec. 6, 2021. Pending tentative implementation in 2023. Criminal background checks must also be implemented. VI residents cannot obtain a multistate license until implementation is completed. Nurses in other NLC states with a multistate license may not practice in the Virgin Islands until implementation is complete.
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