Part 1: Changes to Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC to eNLC)

Purple States:

Your state has joined the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC)

What does it mean for you?

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…

The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC)

Your state was part of the original NLC and chose to join the eNLC, which became official on July 20, 2017 . There are now 29 states on board. The eNLC implementation date is January 19, 2017. At that time, eNLC states will begin issuing multistate licenses and nurses can practice across the eNLC.

One state that was previously members of the original NLC has chosen not to join the eNLC at this time: Rhode Island. This means that as of January 19, 2017, Rhode Island is not in agreement with the other states and no longer in the compact. So eNLC licenses will no longer be valid in Rhode Island. However, there are five new states where your license will now be valid: Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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. For nurses with licenses from 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:

Adoption of eNLC is ongoing

There are several states 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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