2024 Nurse Licensure

Nurse licensure compacts have made it easier and more affordable for traveling nurses to practice in different states without needing to apply for individual state licenses.

In a licensure compact, states that are considered “compact states” have joined together in an interstate agreement to give select travelers the ability to practice in any other compact state using a multi-state license known as a “compact license.”

Currently, the only nursing professions with multi-state license privileges are Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs / LVNs).

Compact licensure for nursing is regulated by the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which is governed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

Please refer to the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) for information regarding how the compact works or how to obtain compact privileges, and see the map below for the states included in the nursing licensure compact.

  • NLC States
  • Partial Implementation
  • Currently No Action
  • NLC Enacted, Awaiting Implementation
  • Pending NLC Legislation

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