Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC) Guide

Oct 6, 2021 | Blog, Career Tips, Travel Tips

Updated 1/12/22

The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC or NLC) allows nurses to have one multistate license with the ability to practice in their home state and all other compact states. This legislation was created by the National Council of the State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to increase access to care while maintaining public protection at the state level. Applicants of the eNLC must meet several license requirements across compact states. You can learn more about the requirements and apply for an NLC License here.

New states are joining the eNLC at a rapid pace. Alabama, Indiana, and New Jersey were added to the list in the past year, with several states soon to follow. Here is the most recently updated list of compact states in 2022.

State NLC Status
Alabama Compact State
Alaska No Action
Arizona Compact State
Arkansas Compact State
California Pending NLC Legislation
Colorado Compact State
Connecticut No Action
Delaware Compact State
Florida Compact State
Georgia Compact State
Hawaii No Action
Idaho Compact State
Illinois Pending NLC Legislation
Indiana Compact State
Iowa Compact State
Kansas Compact State
Kentucky Compact State
Louisiana Compact State
Maine Compact State
Maryland Compact State
Massachusetts Pending NLC Legislation
Michigan Pending NLC Legislation
Minnesota No Action
Mississippi Compact State
Missouri Compact State
Montana Compact State
Nebraska Compact State
Nevada No Action
New Hampshire Compact State
New Jersey Compact State
New Mexico Compact State
New York No Action
North Carolina Compact State
North Dakota Compact State
Ohio NLC Legislation Passed – Waiting Implementation/Enactment date set for 1/1/2023
Oklahoma Compact State
Oregon No Action
Pennsylvania NLC Legislation Passed – Waiting Implementation
Rhode Island Pending NLC Legislation
South Carolina Compact State
South Dakota Compact State
Tennessee Compact State
Texas Compact State
Utah Compact State
Vermont NLC Legislation Passed – Implementation February 1st, 2022
Virginia Compact State
Washington No Action
West Virginia Compact State
Wisconsin Compact State
Wyoming Compact State


Compact states are ever-changing; there’s no telling when a state will officially implement NLC legislation if it is pending. You can always check on state status here on the NCSBN website. Your recruiter will also keep you up to date on your home or travel state’s status.


If your primary residence is in a compact state, you can travel to other compact states without requiring additional licensing. As a travel nurse, this allows you to work in 38 states without additional applications or fees. Compact licenses can make your credentialing process quicker, in return, allowing you to work in another state faster and easier.

Unfortunately, if your primary residence is in a non-compact state, you will still need to apply for the individual state license of where you wish to travel.

Also, to be eligible for a compact license, you must meet a few additional requirements including, graduation from a board-approved education program, undergoing a state and federal background check, and more. You can view a complete list of rules here.

Most Recent Changes

New Jersey

In 2021, New Jersey partially enacted NLC Legislation. You can now work in New Jersey without acquiring an individual state license if you currently have a multistate license. If you live in New Jersey, you are now eligible as of 11/15/21 to apply for a multi-state license.

Pennsylvania & Ohio

Both Pennsylvania and Ohio have passed NLC legislation but are currently waiting for the legislation to be enacted. Ohio’s NLC legislation is set to be enacted on 1/1/2023. Currently, there is no set date for when the legislation will go into effect in Pennsylvania. Until then, you still need each state’s respective individual nursing license whether you reside in or are planning to travel to Pennsylvania or Ohio.


Vermont has also passed NLC legislation and has a set enactment date of February 1, 2022. If you plan on traveling and working as a nurse in Vermont before then, you will still need a Vermont license. After February 1st, if you reside in Vermont, you can apply for a multistate license.

Additional Resources

You can stay up-to-date on the latest compact states, view resources, and FAQs on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website. Your recruiter and our licensing team can always help you with additional questions as well!

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