Part 4: Changes to Nurse Licensure Compact (Non-compact states)

Gray & Dark Blue States:

The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) is Changing

Fifteen years ago, the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) was created to make it possible for many nurses to travel and practice in multiple states across the country. Twenty-five states made up the original NLC. A primary reason cited for states hesitant to join the compact was the lack of uniform criminal background check (CBC) requirements among NLC states.

The Board of Nursing decided to make some enhancements to the original NLC to address this issue, as well as some others, with the ultimate goal of having all states join the compact. The result of those efforts is the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).

How does this affect nurses in states not in the NLC or eNLC?

Since your state was not a part of the original NLC and has chosen not to join the eNLC, your requirements for licensure won’t be affected by the change.  Should you get a travel assignment in another state, you’ll need to apply for single state licensure for the state in which you will be working. We recommend applying for the additional license as soon as possible to prevent any delay in beginning your assignment.

Even if the state in which you will be working is part of the eNLC, because your home/issuing state is not part of the compact, you will not be eligible for the multistate license.

How do I apply for the eNLC?

You must be a resident of an eNLC state and meet the uniform licensure requirements to have an eNLC license. You can advocate to your state governing bodies that they join the new eNLC. Learn more at this website.

For states that are new to the Compact License, you are not automatically granted a multi-state license in these new states. Learn how to turn your existing license into a multi-state license at your state’s site:

We will continue to update our TaleMed nurses as the adoption of the eNLC is ongoing. If at any time you have questions about your license and where it is valid, talk to your recruiter.


Adoption of eNLC is ongoing

There are several states, dark blue on the map, still considering joining the eNLC. As the state lists are updated, we will continue to update our TaleMed nurses. If at any time you have questions about your license and where it is valid, talk to your recruiter.

More Resources

A live map of the NLC/eNLC is available on the compact’s website.

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