List of Nurse License Compact States

By NT Contributor on Mon, Sep 22, 2014

compact nurse licenseWhat are the states participating in the nurse compact licensure?

NurseTogether has confirmed that 24 states are part of the compact state nurse licensure (NLC).

Nurse Compact State License

A nurse with a permanent residency in a NLC state has a multistate nursing license and is eligible to work in other states that make up the "compact states."  Find out more about specific state licensure here.

Compact States

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


  For the most updated information, visit the National Council of State Board of Nursing.
Updated July 2014

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Anonymous 1 week ago
24 compact states & 4 pending

Anonymous 1 month ago
Several years ago while I was working on my Master's I found out that nurses are compensated through the room rate. If the hospital puts nursing, the room, dietary and cleaning together what incentitve do they have to pay nurses more? Every other health care therapy is billing out of the room rate. For example: RT, PT,OT radiology and doctors. Why can't nurses be pulled out and then payed for the services we do. For example, starting an IV might be $75.00, caterization $70 etc. If we continue to be compensated the way we are we will never make the money we deserve. It is amazing that none of the other therapies could function without the nurses. In NC I believe the compensation in 1987 was $15/hr and today it is $21/hr. The type of work we do has changed tremendously. Nurses have such a great deal of responsibility , but get paid little for what they do. How can we get these changes to happen?

Anonymous 2 months ago
Just curious....if an RN lives in a compact state, which borders on another compact state, is another licenses required to work in that other state? Or is it just easier to get the licenses from the second state if you already live in the neighboring compact state?

Leke Oshiga 4 months ago
I plan on moving to MD from IL pretty soon; any idea on costs and requirements I might face during this transition?

Anne Llewellyn 5 months ago
The case management society of america is working on this. Here is the link to their website where you can read why this is important and the work being done by various chapters across the county.

Anonymous 6 months ago
This is a race to the bottom. This also includes healthcare work force "redesign", "overlapping scopes of practice", and ensuring a labor "pipeline". Name a time when a job sector has been deregulated while the labor pool was flooded and it benefitted anybody but the Oligarchs. This is not in the interest of patients nor Registered Nurses.

Jackie Indelicato 7 months ago
I wish they would add Georgia

David Brockett 9 months ago
What's with California? They want to be different? No actually they want to make money by being alone, as with the other non compact states. Greed, I guess.

Anonymous 9 months ago
Any idea when Illinois to join compact state.

Anne Llewellyn 5 months ago
Illinois is getting close. If you want an update, contact Connie Suderhaus who has been active in this effort for a long time.

donna crowder 9 months ago
I will soon move from LA to FL. Neither are compact states. Do you have any idea how much time, money and paperwork this is going to cost me? It could and should be so much easier!

Anne Llewellyn 5 months ago
FL is trying to get this passed, but we have challenges as our legislative representatives only can bring 6 bills per year and their sessions are only 6 weeks. We are working to find a congressmen/women or Senator on the local level to move this forward. Very time consuming for something that is a no 'brainer' The rules were put into place before we had technology that allows us to be more mobile, cross state lines and do our work remotely. AS this requires a law changes, we need to have a legislative representative introduce a bill.

Abby VillafaƱe-Roldan 8 months ago
FL: $175 Board Fee... $83.50 Fingerprints... CE (FL Law and Preventing Medical Errors - $29.95 membership with you need a License Verification and Employment Verification)...

Anonymous 9 months ago
Why can't all states become compact states? We are all nurses, we all passed our state boards, completed the necessary requirements to become a nurse, etc. It would be so much easier for everyone, , especially with the natural disasters and mass shootings we have in this crazy world!

Anonymous 8 months ago
I believe it all comes down to money. 10 months ago
Thanks for the list.

Penny Cook 10 months ago
I went to the website ( National Council of State Board of Nursing). I see that four states are currently pending, any update on when these will be added?

Anonymous 12 months ago
Thanks for this great info.

signup itsfree 1 year ago
THIS article hammers home my concept that nursing is NOT professional.
If you punch a clock, you're an employee.
If you get a lousy 30 minute lunch break, and sometimes don't get it, you're hardly a professional.
If you don't have a vested interest in a patient when you leave the hospital, you're not a professional.
If you politely take crap from a family member and allow them to continue to abuse fellow staff members, you're hardly a professional at all.

Gilbert Torres 12 months ago
You FLUNKED Nursing school...Explains your Bitterness!!

Anonymous 1 year ago
I asked NJ BON and the officer said that NJ is not part of compact state.

Anonymous 1 year ago
this above list is out of date and needs to be updated. There are states that are compact states that are not listed above.

Jenny SolCruz 1 year ago
Thank you for the friendly nudge. We are on it!

Anonymous 1 year ago
This is an important issue for RNs who work in managed care, telehealth and other settings where they and the patient are not in the same area. The Case Management Society of America is a leader in working with States to transition as a compact state, but we need every nurse to help. Here is a link to an article that appeared in case in point on this topic.

Anonymous 1 year ago
Don't believe the hype. You have to live in one of the states, not just be licensed in one. You also have to reapply when changing jobs from state to state. It involves fees and lots of paperwork. Did you think the BOD would really do anything to make a nurse's life easier or save him/her money?

Kendra Buttera 1 year ago
I will be living in GA though...will that cause any problems

Kendra Buttera 1 year ago
what is the process for me to move to south Carolina and work if I have a Missouri LPN?

Carol Gutierrez 1 year ago
Thank you! Wish all states would work together to make getting a job in another state a seamless process!

Anonymous 2 years ago
Thank you for the list !

Harleen Kaur Sohi 12 months ago
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