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Nurse License

Travel Nurse State Licensure Application Process

 

 

The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows nurses to have one multi-state license, with the ability to practice in both their home state and other compact states. There is currently a total of 32 states that are currently listed as Compact Licensure States.

Your primary state of residence must be one of the 31 compact states. Primary residence is determined by where you file your tax return. A nurse whose primary state of residence is a compact state will be issued a license by that state, meaning they no longer need additional licenses to practice in nursing compact states. If you are a nurse that lives in a state that is one of the nursing compact states, you can get licensed to practice in all states that are members.

Let the MNA Care Connect team guide you through the process including how to complete the application, share useful information on walk through states and average time frames based on our experience working with the various Boards.

 

Need to quickly verify a compact RN or LPN license?

Use the below link to Nursys.com quick search. You will be able to download a report showing if your  license is a Multi-state or Single State and if it is in good standing. https://www.nursys.com/LQC/LQCSearch.aspx

 

Below you can find additional information on licensing for each state. When you are ready for your next assignment let the MNA Care Connect team help you!

Current eNLC States

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (Starting: 7/1/2020)
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

States with Pending Legislation for the eNLC

States without Legislation for the eNLC

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island (part of original NLC)
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Vermont
  • Washington

Alabama Website: http://www.abn.state.al.us/
Phone: 800.656.5318 Fax: 334.242.4360
Time frame for Temporary License: 7-14 Days | For Permanent: 2-4 Weeks
Alaska Website: http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/occ/pnur.htm
Phone: 907.269.8161 Fax: 907.269.8196
Time frame for Temporary License: 10-15 Days| For Permanent: 6-8 Weeks
Arizona (Compact State) Website: http://www.azbn.gov/
Phone: 602.771.7800 Fax: 602.771.7888
Time frame for Temporary License: Walk-Thru-48 Hours or 3-4 weeks by mail | For Permanent: 2-4 Weeks
Arkansas (Compact State) Website: http://www.arsbn.org/
Phone: 501.682.2700 Fax: 501.686.2714
Time Frame for Temporary: 30 Days | For Permanent: 10 weeks, must complete background check
California Website: http://www.rn.ca.gov/
Phone: 916.322.3350 Fax: 916.574.7697
Time Frame for Temporary: 4-6 wks by mail  | For Permanent: 4-6 Months , Must complete LiveScan
Colorado (Compact State) Website: http://www.dora.state.co.us/NURSING/
Phone: 303.894.2430 Fax: 303.894.2821
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 2-4 Weeks (Perm) 4-6 Weeks
Connecticut Website: http://www.ct.gov/
Phone: 860.509.7603 Fax: 860.509.8457
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 21 Days (Perm) 2-4 weeks

Delaware (Compact)
Website: http://www.dpr.delaware.gov/boards/nursing
Phone: 302.744.4500 Fax: 302.739.2711
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 2 weeks (Perm) 4-6 weeks
District of Columbia Website: http://www.hpla.doh.dc.gov
Phone: 202.724.4900
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 5-10 days  (Perm) 4-5 Weeks Upon Receipt of all Docs
Florida (Compact) Website: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/mqa/nursing/nur_applicant.html
Phone: 850.245.4125 Fax: 850.245.4172
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) No Temp License (Perm) 30 Days
Georgia (Compact) Website: http://sos.georgia.gov/plb/rn/
Phone: 478.207.2440 Fax: 877.588.0446
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) No Temp License (Perm) 14-21 Days Upon Receipt of Verifications
Hawaii Website: http://hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/pvl/boards/nursing/
Phone: 808.586.3000
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) Walk Through (Perm) 7-21 Days Upon Receipt of Verifications
Idaho (Compact) Website: http://www2.state.id.us/ibn/index.htm
Phone: 208.334.3110 Fax: 208.334.3262
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) Same Day If Walk Through – 2 days if by mail – (Perm) 3-6 Weeks
Illinois Website: http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/WHO/nurs.asp
Phone: 217.785.0800 Fax: 217.782.7645
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 21 business days upon receipt of all docs (Perm) 6-8 Weeks
Indiana Website: http://www.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm
Phone: 317.234.2043 Fax: 317.233.42
Time Frame for Temporary:Temp) 3-4 weeks (Perm) 4-8 Weeks-Depends Upon Receipt of all Docs
Iowa (Compact) Website: http://www.state.ia.us/nursing/
Phone: 515.281.3255 Fax: 515.281.4825
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 1-2 weeks Upon receipt of docs (Perm) 2-8 weeks Upon Receipt of All Completed Docs
Kansas (Compact) Website: http://www.ksbn.org/
Phone: 785.296.4929 Fax: 785.296.3929
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 7-14 days Upon Receipt of Application (Perm) 20-30 days Upon Receipt of Verifications
Kentucky (Compact) Website: http://www.kbn.ky.gov/
Phone: 502.429.3300 Fax: 502.429.3311
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 10-14 Business Days (Perm) 2-4 Weeks
Louisiana (Compact) Website: http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/services/welcome.asp
Phone: 225.755.7500 Fax: 225.755.7584
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) Same Day if Walk Through – 10 Bus. Days by mail –LPN: 1-2 Weeks (Perm) 4-6 Weeks
Maine (Compact) (Paperless) Website: http://www.maine.gov/boardofnursing/
Phone: 207.287.1133 Fax: 207.287.1149
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 7-14 Days (Perm) 6-8 Weeks Upon Receipt of Verifications
Maryland (Compact) (Paperless) Website: http://www.mbon.org/main.php
Phone: 410.585.1900 Fax: 410.358.3530
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) Same Day If Walk Through – 2 wks via mail – (Perm) 6-8 Weeks
Massachusetts Website: http://www.mass.gov/dph/boards/rn
Phone: 617.973.0900 Fax: 617.973.0984
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) No Temp License (Perm) 4-5 Weeks Upon Receipt of All Docs
Michigan Website: http://www.michigan.gov/healthlicense
Phone: 517.335.0918 Fax: 517.373.2179
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) No Temp License (Perm) 6-8 weeks
Minnesota Website: http://www.state.mn.us/portal/mn/jsp/home.do?agency=NursingBoard
Phone: 612.617.2270 Fax: 612.617.2190
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 3-4 days (Perm) 2-3 weeks, Varies – Depends Upon Receipt of Verifications
Mississippi (Compact) Website: http://www.msbn.state.ms.us/newliceapps.htm
Phone: 601.664.9309 Fax: 601.664.9304
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 5-7 days upon receipt of all docs (Perm) 2-3 Weeks
Missouri (Compact) Website: http://www.pr.mo.gov/nursing.asp
Phone: 573.751.0681 Fax: 573.751.0075
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 2 Weeks (Perm) 2-4 weeks Upon Receipt of All Docs Completed
Montana (Compact) Website: http://bsd.dli.mt.gov/license/bsd_boards/nur_board/board_page.asp
Phone: 406.841.2340 Fax: 406.841.2305
Time Frame for Temporary: No temp License (Perm) 10-20 Days Upon Receipt of All Docs
Nebraska (Compact) Website: http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/crl_nursing_rn-lpn_endorsement.aspx
Phone: 402.471.4376 Fax: 402.471.1066
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) – 14-21 days (Perm) Varies from 5-8 weeks – Upon Receipt of all Docs
Nevada Website: http://www.nursingboard.state.nv.us/
Phone: 702.486.5800 Fax: 702.486.5803
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 14-21 days (Perm) 2-4 weeks
New Hampshire (Compact) (Paperless) Website: http://www.nh.gov/nursing/
Phone: 603.271.2323 Fax: 603.271-6605
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 4 weeks  (Perm) 2-4 weeks (dependent on when back check clears)
New Jersey Website: http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/medical/nursing.htm
Phone: 973.504.6430
Time Frame for Temporary:  No Temp License (Perm) 5-6 Weeks
New Mexico (Compact) Website: http://www.bon.state.nm.us/
Phone: 505.841.8340 Fax: 505.841.8347
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 2-3 Weeks (Perm) 3-4 Weeks Upon Receipt of All Documents
New York Website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/nurse
Phone: 518.474.3817 Fax: 518.474.3398
Time Frame for Temporary: No Temp License (Perm) 5-6 Weeks Upon Receipt of All documents
North Carolina (Compact) (Paperless) Website: http://www.ncbon.com/
Phone: 919.782.3211 Fax: 919.781.9461
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 7-14 days Upon Receipt of Application (Perm) 6-8 Weeks
North Dakota (Compact) Website: http://www.ndbon.org/
Phone: 701.328.9777 Fax: 701.328.9785
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 1-2 Weeks (Perm) 2-4 Weeks
Ohio Website: http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/
Phone: 614.466.3947 Fax: 614.466.0388
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 2-4 weeks (Perm) 3-4 Months
Oklahoma (Compact) Website: http://www.ok.gov/nursing/
Phone: 405.962.1800 Fax: 405.962.1821
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 14-21 Business Days (Perm) 2-3weeks  Upon Receipt of All Docs
Oregon Website: http://www.osbn.state.or.us/OSBN/index.shtml
Phone: 971.673.0685 Fax: 971.673.0684
Time Frame for Temporary: No Temp License (Perm) 4-6 weeks Upon Receipt of Verifications
Pennsylvania Website: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/state_board_of_nursing/12515
Phone: 717.783.7142 Fax: 717.783.0822
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 7-14 business days upon receipt of docs (Perm) 3-4 Weeks upon receipt of Docs
Rhode Island Website: http://www.health.ri.gov/hsr/professions/nurses.php
Phone: 401.222.5700 Fax: 401.222.3352
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 3-4 wks via mail – (Perm) 4-8 Weeks
South Carolina (Compact) Website: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/nursing/
Phone: 803.896.4550 Fax: 803.896.4512
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) Same Day If Walk Through (Perm) 10-14 days
South Dakota (Compact) Website: http://doh.sd.gov/boards/nursing/
Phone: 605.362.2760 Fax: 605.362.2768
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 7 days (Perm) 3-6 Weeks
Tennessee (Compact) Website: http://health.state.tn.us/Boards/Nursing/index.htm
Phone: 615.741.8402 Fax: 615.741.7899
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) No temp (Perm) 4-6 Weeks
Texas (Compact) Website: http://www.bne.state.tx.us/
Phone: 512.305.7400 Fax: 512.305.7401
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 14-21 Business Days (Perm) 4-6 weeks Upon Receipt of Verifications
Utah (Compact) Website: http://www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/nursing.html
Phone: 801.530.6628 Fax: 801.530.6511
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) No Temp License (Perm) 2-3 weeks Upon Receipt of All Docs
Vermont Website: http://vtprofessionals.org/opr1/nurses/
Phone: 802.828.2396
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) Same Day If Walk Through (Perm) 3-6 Weeks- Dependent Upon Receipt of Verifications
Virginia (Compact) Website: http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing/
Phone: 804.367.4515 Fax: 804.527.4455
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 7-10 Days (Perm) 3-6 Weeks – Dependent Upon Receipt of Verifications
Washington Website: http://www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/Professions/Nursing/default.htm
Phone: 360.236.4700 Fax: 360.236.4818
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 3 Weeks (Perm) 4-6 Weeks
West Virginia (Compact) Website: http://www.wvrnboard.com/
Phone: 304.558.3596 Fax: 304.558.3666
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 3-5 Business Days (Perm) 7-14 Days Upon Receipt of all Docs
Wisconsin (Compact) Website: http://drl.wi.gov/profession.asp?profid=46&locid=0
Phone: 608.266.2112
Time Frame for Temporary:(Temp) 14-21 days (Perm) 2-4 Weeks
Wyoming (Compact) Website: http://nursing.state.wy.us/
Phone: 307.777.7601 Fax: 307.777.3519
Time Frame for Temporary: 7-10 Bus Days.  Must Apply for Perm also – (Perm) 2-3 Weeks Upon Receipt of Verifications
Virgin Islands Website: http://www.vibnl.org/
Phone: 340.776.7397 Fax: 340.777.4003
(Time Frame for Temporary: State does not issue temporary license | For Permanent:  2-3 Weeks Upon Receipt of all Docs

 

For more information, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s website.

If you are not in a compact state let our Care Connect team help you attain your license for your next assignment. To find out more about these state requirements give us a call at 754-307-9121.