Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)

For more information about the new changes to the NLC as of January 2, 2024 (Regarding the amended residency rule) 

Please see the FAQ from the NCSBN HERE

Explanation of the NLC for Nurses

Explanation of the NLC for Nurse Employers

Making Travel Nursing Easier with a Multi-State License

For more information on the Nurse Licensure Compact, please visit the NLC page HERE

Current NLC States and Status

States in blue are part of the compact. As such, an RN or LPN (VN in some states) who is actively licensed (multi-state license) in their primary state of residence (PSOR), that has no encumbrances, my practice in any other blue state.  Please be aware. Even if you are not practicing in your primary state, you are responsible for knowing the Nurse Practice Act and any additional rules of the state, province, or territory you are presently practicing in. Practice happens where your patient physically is. 

If you were to violate any part of their Nurse Practice Act or rules, the state you are practicing in has the authority to discipline you accordingly. If that discipline results in any condition upon your license it has become encumbered and you will lose the privilege to practice with a multi-state license.  In order to practice outside of your PSOR with an encumbered license you will have to be licensed directly in that state- just the same as if they were a NON-compact state.  DO NOT PRACTICE UNLICENSED. 

States that are not blue are not part of the compact. This means you must apply with their Board of Nursing and license with them in order to practice in that state, province, or territory. This principle applies if your license is, or has become, encumbered. 

Educational Offerings

Free educational webinars help nurses, nurse educators, nursing students, nurse employers, and other organizations learn more about the NLC.

To stay up to-date with the NLC, sign-up for their newsletter(s) and check out the available webinars HERE

2023 NLC Educational Webinars

2/21/2023: Nurse and Employer

4/18/2023: Helpful NLC Tips for New Nursing Graduates

6/20/2023: Multistate Licensure for Telephonic Practice

7/25/2023: Understanding Primary State of Residence

8/22/2023: Nurse and Employer

9/19/2023: Fireside Chat: Discipline & Eligibility

10/17/2023: Nurse and Employer

11/21/2023: Helpful Tips for New Nursing Graduates

January 29, 2021, 1:00 pm: The NLC: What Nurse Employers Need to Know

February 16, 2021, 1:00 pm: Understanding Primary State of Residency

February 23, 2021, 1:00 pm: NLC Legislative Update

March 16, 2021, 1:00 pm: How Does the NLC Work for Telephonic Nurses and Case Managers

March 30, 2021, 1:00 pm: The NLC: What Nurse Employers Need to Know

April 13, 2021, 1:00 pm: Helpful Tips for New Nursing Graduates

April 20, 2021, 1:00 pm: NLC Legislative Update

May 11, 2021, 1:00 pm: How Does the NLC Work for Military and Military Spouses

May 25, 2021, 1:00 pm: NLC Legislative Update

June 15, 2021, 1:00 pm: Understanding Primary State of Residency

 June 29, 2021, 1:00 pm: NLC Legislative Update

FAQ

How do I know I am eligible for a multi-state license?


Can I practice in another state on a temporary permit?

No.

I'm graduating soon, where do I apply for my multi-state license?

You will apply in the state in which you will be practicing in. 

Do I need to apply for a new multi-state license in each state that I'm practicing in?

No. The multi-state license allows you to practice in any compact state without having to get a new license in every state you practice in. It works very similar to your drivers license.