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Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

Q: What if I have a compact license from the NLC (before it was the eNLC)?
Q: If I currently live in a non-compact state that is joining the eNLC, does my single-state license automatically transfer into a multistate one?
Q: What if the state I’m practicing in is no longer a part of the eNLC?
Q: If I have a compact license, can I work in another compact state?
Q: If I live in a non-compact state and own property in a compact state, am I eligible to obtain a compact license?
Q: If my  primary state of residence (PSOR) is an eNLC state, and I have an active multistate license in that state, do I need to continue renewing single-state licenses that I have in other eNLC states?
Q: If I am on travel nurse assignment in a compact state away from my primary state of residence (PSOR), which is also a compact state, can I renew my driver’s license while traveling?

Acquiring Licensure:

Q: If I live in an eNLC state but have a single-state license, how can I obtain a compact/multistate license?
Q: If my primary state of residence (PSOR) is a non-compact state -- and also where I am licensed -- can I apply for a license in a compact state while still maintaining my license in my PSOR?
Q: If my  primary state of residence (PSOR) is a compact state -- and I hold a multistate/compact license in that state -- and I accept a travel assignment in another compact state, do I need to get that state’s license as well?

Changing Residence

Q: I currently live in a non-compact state but will be changing my primary state of residence (PSOR) to a compact state in the near future for a new job. Am I able to apply for a license in that state ahead of time so that there is no delay between moving and starting the job?
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Additional Resources

For more information on the Nurse Licensure Compact, and how to navigate it for yourself, see the additional resources below!