Obtaining your State License

We are dedicated to providing you a comfortable experience during every step of your travel healthcare career. Our team of licensing and credentialing specialists are focused on supporting you through the licensure process.

Use our guide below to get started.

Nursing State License Guide

Compact States

States that have implemented the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC is an interstate agreement that allows an RN with a multi-state license to practice in any state that has implemented the Compact.

Non-Compact States

States that have not yet implemented the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). To practice within these states, a nurse must first obtain a single state license from the state they wish to practice in.

Primary State of Residence

This is your home state, or the state where you declare a primary residence for legal purposes. Only one state can be identified as the primary state of residence for NLC purposes.

Multi-State License

Nurses with a primary state of residence in a NLC state can obtain a multi-state license to practice nursing in all NLC states. Multi-state licenses allow nurses to practice across state borders easily and temporarily in other NLC states.

Timing Guidance

The timing to obtain a nursing license can vary greatly by state or personal situation. We recommend starting the licensure process as early as possible to ensure you receive your license in time to start your assignment.

Not sure which license you need?

Use the guide and map below to determine what type of license you may need for your next assignment.

 

Current Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC) States

State License FAQs

Yes, we prioritize matching you to your perfect position and destination, so we offer positions with top facilities in all 50 States. Click here to view our current open positions.
License regulations vary by state, so before you begin your travel assignment, we'll help you verify which licenses or certifications you will need and will also provide you with personalized assistance for credentialing and licensing.
Only one state can be identified as your Primary State of Residence for Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC) purposes. Documents to verify your Primary State of Residence can include, but are not limited to:
  • Driver's license with home address
  • Voter's registration card with home address
  • Federal income tax return declaring state of residence
  • W2 from a federal agency, bureau, or division, indicating the declared state of residence
Upon moving to the new Primary State of Residence (PSOR), visit the board of nursing website and complete the application for license by endorsement. You may practice in the new state under the former state multi-state license until the multi-state license in the new Primary State of Residence is issued. Once it is issued, the former state license will be made inactive. You may not wait until the former license is about to expire before you apply for the license in the new Primary State of Residence.
  1. Notify the board of nursing in your former state of your new address in the noncompact state. This changes your multi-state license to a single state license.
  2. If you need a license in the noncompact state, visit the board of nursing website and complete the application for license by endorsement. You may do this prior to moving to the noncompact state.

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