The Skinny on Compact and State Licenses
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Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)
The Nurse Licensure Compact allows any nurse who resides in one of the 25 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 NLC, click here.
Walk-through 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 walk-through states are usually valid for 30 days to six months, depending on the state issuing the license.
* Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) State
** Walk Through State
*** Walk Through State for reinstatement only