Updated 2019 map and list of eNLC states and states with pending eNLC legislation, information on how to obtain a compact / multi-state license, and the benefits of having a compact nursing license.
Compact Nursing States
Benefits of the Compact States
The Nurse License Compact (NLC) started in 1997 and now is comprised of 34 participating states, referred to presently as the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). In 2017 new legislation was adopted and now offers 11 uniform requirements allowing nurses to work in any one of these Compact states without having to obtain additional licenses. This provides Registered Nurses with flexibility while saving time, money and paperwork when taking travel assignments in any of the participating states.
Who is Eligible for a Compact Nursing License?
The good news is that you may already be eligible for a Compact Nursing License if you legally reside in an eNLC state and you meet all the licensure requirements. If not, registered nurses can obtain a compact, or multi-state nursing license if they:
- Have Graduated from a board-approved nursing program
- Maintain an active nursing license
- Complete state and federal fingerprint-based criminal backgrounds
- Have passed an NCLEX Nurse Examination
- Meet residency state requirements for licensure
- Maintain a valid US social security number
Why does an enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact benefit me?
Over 50% of the states in the US are members of the eNLC, making travel in a compact state a snap.
As a licensed RN with an eNLC or multi-state license, you will have quick access to travel nursing jobs in other member states. There are currently 34 member states and the network continues to grow. Nurses who live in the original 25 compact states are grandfathered into the new eNLC.
Your Stability recruiter will be happy to talk you through the licensing process. In the end, you’ll have a multi-state nursing license that saves you a great deal of time, money, and paperwork and allows you to do what you love in 34 states!