Compact & Walk Through States

Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States

The Nurse Licensure Compact allows any nurse who resides in one of the 24 participating compact states to practice nursing in any of the states forming the compact state alliance. States participating in the NLC include:

Walk-Through States

Walk-through states allow a nurse to be issued a temporary license within one hour to one day's time. This temporary license is used to practice nursing while awaiting permanent licensure to be processed. These temporary licenses obtained in walk-through states are usually valid for 30 days to six months depending on the state issuing the license. The following states allow licensure through "walk-through".

* Nurses applying for these licensing programs must meet qualifications and take an assignment in the state where the license applies. Programs end at the discretion of U.S. Nursing.