List of Nurse License Compact States

By NT Contributor on Mon, Feb 03, 2014

compact nurse license What 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 2013

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Anonymous 1 month ago
Thanks for this great info.

signup itsfree 2 months 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 1 month ago
You FLUNKED Nursing school...Explains your Bitterness!!

Anonymous 2 months ago
I asked NJ BON and the officer said that NJ is not part of compact state.

Anonymous 3 months 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this above list is out of date and needs to be updated.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 2 months ago
Thank you for the friendly nudge. We are on it!

Anonymous 3 months 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 5 months 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 6 months ago
I will be living in GA though...will that cause any problems

Kendra Buttera 6 months ago
what is the process for me to move to south Carolina and work if I have a Missouri LPN?

Carol Gutierrez 7 months ago
Thank you! Wish all states would work together to make getting a job in another state a seamless process!

Anonymous 1 year ago
Thank you for the list !

Harleen Kaur Sohi 1 month ago
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