Nursing License Requirements: A State-by-State Guide for Your Journey

At Trusted Health, we understand the unique journey of every nurse. Whether you're a RN, a LVN, or a LPN, navigating state-specific licensure requirements can be complex. That's why we've visited each Board of Nursing to compile the most current and detailed information for each state and put it in this guide. We’ve simplified the process, offering you a clear pathway to obtain your nursing license, whether you're seeking a new license, renewing an existing one, or curious about the Nurse Licensure Compact. Select your state from the dropdown list and embark on a licensure journey tailored just for you!

Nursing License FAQs:

Which state is the easiest to get a Nursing License?

If you're already licensed in another state, Missouri offers the easiest process for obtaining a nursing license. Present in person to the Missouri Board of Nursing (BON) with your completed application, fees, and proof of a good-standing license to obtain a temporary license that same day!

How many states are compact?

Currently 37 states are active members of the Nursing Licensure Compact.  California, Connecticut, Nevada, and Oregon are the 4 states with no NLC Legislation currently proposed or pending.  You can read more about the NLC and stay up to date on state by state changes by visiting our Nursing Compact States Guide.

What states are nurses the most in-demand?

The states with the highest demand for nurses include: California, Texas, New York, Massachusetts, and Georgia.  (Source: Becker’s Hospital Review, 2024)

Which state has the highest nursing salaries?

California has the highest nursing salaries with an hourly mean wage of $64.10 and an annual mean wage of $133,340 (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

What are the requirements to become a nurse?

To become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), you’ll need to complete a state-approved practical nursing program and pass the NCLEX-PN exam. To become a Registered Nurse (RN), you’ll need to earn an associate or bachelor's degree in nursing and pass the NCLEX-RN exam. Both paths require meeting your state's specific licensing requirements.

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