The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact allows any nurse who resides in one of the 34 participating compact states to practice nursing in any of the states forming the compact state alliance. In order to work in a compact state, you must have proof of residence in a compact state as well as a current, active nursing license in said state. With a compact license, you do not need to obtain licensure in any of the other participating compact states.

The following are the participating states:

  • Alabama

  • Arizona

  • Arkansas

  • Colorado

  • Delaware

  • Florida

  • Georgia

  • Idaho

  • Iowa

  • Kansas

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maine

  • Maryland

  • Mississippi

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • New Hampshire

  • New Jersey (NJ has partially implemented the NLC. This means that nurses who currently have multistate licenses from other compact states can practice in NJ. Nurses who legally reside in NJ will still need to wait for full implementation before they can apply for a compact license. Full implementation will likely be in the 4th quarter of 2020)

  • New Mexico

  • North Carolina

  • North Dakota

  • Oklahoma

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Virginia

  • West Virginia

  • Wisconsin

  • Wyoming

Enacted & Awaiting Implementation

  • Indiana - Implemented July 1, 2020

States with pending legislation for the eNLC:

  • Massachusetts – HD 2891 and H 1944

  • Michigan - HB 4042

  • New Jersey - AB 1597 and SB 954

  • Pennsylvania - HB 1888 and SB 655

  • Vermont - SB 125

Check out our awesome Compact Licensure Guide for more information!


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