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Nurse and Therapy State License Cheat Sheet

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

AlabamaALFirst In First Out
AlaskaAK10 business days (temp)
ArizonaAZWalk Thru (w/in 7 days of contract)
Arkansas (P)AR1-2 weeks (temp)
CaliforniaCA
Colorado (P)*CO4 – 6 weeks (no yes answers) & tech
ConnecticutCT2 weeks (temp)
DelawareDEw/in 7 days if docs are in & complete
Dist. of ColumbiaDC1 week (temp)
FloridaFLup to 30 days
GeorgiaGA15 business days
HawaiiHIWalk Thru
IdahoID3-4 weeks (temp)
IllinoisIL4 weeks (temp)
Indiana ΔIN6-8 weeks (temp)
IowaIATemp right away once all docs are in
Kansas (P)KS7-10 days no BG hits (temp)
Kentucky (P)KYIssued once docs are in & complete
Louisiana (P)LAWalk Thru – must have LA address
Maine (P)ME7 – 14 days
Maryland (P)MD3 – 5 days / valid 90 days
Massachusetts ΔMA3 weeks
MichiganMI8 – 9 weeks
Minnesota (P)MN1-2 business days (temp)
Mississippi (P)MS4-6 weeks
Missouri (P)MOWalk Thru
MontanaMT30 days fingerprinting; 3 – 4 wks
NebraskaNE2 weeks (temp)
Nevada (P)NV1 week (temp)
New Hampshire (P)*NHOnce all docs received (temp & tech)
New Jersey ΔNJ4-6 weeks
New Mexico (P)NM5 days once bkgd clears (temp)
New YorkNY4 weeks once all docs are in
North Carolina (P)NC3-4 weeks (temp)
North Dakota*ND3-4 days (temp) / 1-2 days (tech)
Ohio (P)OH4-6 weeks (temp or perm)
OklahomaOK5 days once bkgd clears
Oregon (P)OR4-6 weeks
PennsylvaniaPA10 business days (temp)
Rhode IslandRI2 – 3 weeks (temp)
South Carolina (P) ΔSCWalk Thru or 14 business days
South DakotaSD3-4 weeks (temp)
TennesseeTN4 – 6 weeks
Texas (P) ΔTX15 business days (temp)
Utah ΔUT7-14 days
VermontVT3-5 business days
VirginiaVA30 days (temp)
Virgin IslandsVI3-5 business days
Washington (P)*WA2-3 weeks (temp & tech)
West Virginia (P)WV3 – 5 days (temp)
Wisconsin (P)WISame day once all docs recv’d (temp)
Wyoming (P)WY10-14 business days (temp)