Compact & Walk Through States

The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact allows any nurse who resides in one of the 27 participating compact states to practice nursing in any of the states forming the compact state alliance. In order to work in a compact state, a nurse must have proof of residence in a compact state as well as a current, active RN license in said state. The nurse does not need to obtain licensure in any of the other participating compact states. For detailed information about the eNLC, click here.

States participating in the eNLC include:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida (new)
  • Georgia (new)
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas (implementation 07/01/2019)
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana (implementation 07/01/2019)
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota   
  • Oklahoma (new)
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia (new)
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming (new)

Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States

In order to work in a compact state, a nurse must have proof of residence in a compact state as well as a current, active RN license in said state. The nurse does not need to obtain licensure in any of the other participating compact states. For detailed information about the NLC, click here.

Walkthrough States

Walkthrough states allow a nurse to be issued a temporary state nursing license within one hour to one day's time. This temporary travel nursing license is used to practice nursing while awaiting permanent licensure to be processed. The temporary licenses obtained in walkthrough states are usually valid for 30 days to six months, depending on the state issuing the license. The following states are considered walkthrough states:

  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Missouri
  • South Carolina

Other States (Licensure by Endorsement)

These states have various requirements and are neither a compact nor a walkthrough state:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Washington D.C.

 

* 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.