Before you hit the road for your next travel nurse or travel therapy assignment, you must be licensed to practice in that state. At Host Healthcare, we will help you and even provide license reimbursements. However, it’s your responsibility to complete the applicable license application process. To help you, we created the below state license cheat sheet. Print out this page or bookmark it. We will continue to update this page as states update their license terms.

State License Cheat Sheet

Paperless (P), ST License*, Certified Techs Only Δ & License Timeframe

Alabama - AL

First In First Out

Alaska - AK

10 business days (temp)

Arizona - AZ

Walk Thru (w/in 7 days of contract)

Arkansas(P) - AR

California - CA

Colorado (P)* - CO

4 – 6 weeks (no yes answers) & tech

Connecticut - CT

2 weeks (temp)

Delaware - DE

w/in 7 days if docs are in & complete

Dist. of Columbia - DC

1 week (temp)

Florida - FL

up to 30 days

Georgia - GA

15 business days

Hawaii - HI

Walk Thru

Idaho - ID

3-4 weeks (temp)

Illinois - IL

4 weeks (temp)

Indiana Δ - IN

6-8 weeks (temp)

Iowa - IA

Temp right away once all docs are in

Kansas (P) - KS

7-10 days no BG hits (temp)

Kentucky (P) - KY

Issued once docs are in & complete

Louisiana (P) - LA

Walk Thru – must have LA address

Maine (P) - ME

7 – 14 days

Maryland (P) - MD

3 – 5 days / valid 90 days

Massachusetts Δ - MA

3 weeks

Michigan - MI

8 – 9 weeks

Minnesota (P) - MN

1-2 business days (temp)

Mississippi (P) - MS

4-6 weeks

Missouri (P) - MO

Walk Thru

Montana - MT

30 days fingerprinting; 3 – 4 wks

Nebraska - NE

2 weeks (temp)

Nevada (P) - NV

1 week (temp)

New Hampshire (P)* - NH

Once all docs received (temp & tech)

New Jersey Δ - NJ

4-6 weeks

New Mexico (P) - NM

5 days once bkgd clears (temp)

New York - NY

4 weeks once all docs are in

North Carolina (P) - NC

3-4 weeks (temp)

North Dakota* - ND

3-4 days (temp) / 1-2 days (tech)

Ohio (P) - OH

4-6 weeks (temp or perm)

Oklahoma - OK

5 days once bkgd clears

Oregon (P) - OR

4-6 weeks

Pennsylvania - PA

10 business days (temp)

Rhode Island - RI

2 – 3 weeks (temp)

South Carolina (P) Δ - SC

Walk Thru or 14 business days

South Dakota - SD

3-4 weeks (temp)

Tennessee - TN

4 – 6 weeks

Texas (P) Δ - TX

15 business days (temp)

Utah Δ - UT

7-14 days

Vermont - VT

3-5 business days

Virginia - VA

30 days (temp)

Virgin Islands - VI

3-5 business days

Washington (P)* - WA

2-3 weeks (temp & tech)

West Virginia (P) - WV

3 – 5 days (temp)

Wisconsin (P) - WI

Same day once all docs recv’d (temp)

Wyoming (P) - WY

10-14 business days (temp)