How to Get a Multistate Nursing License


Chloe’ Sizer | November 14th, 2023

A multistate nursing license allows you to practice nursing in multiple states without having to obtain a separate license for each state. This can be a great option for travel nurses or nurses who plan to move from state to state for work.

To get a multistate nursing license, you must first meet the requirements for licensure in your home state. This typically includes passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) and completing a certain number of hours of clinical experience.

Once you have met the requirements for licensure in your home state, you can apply for a multistate nursing license through the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). The NLC is an agreement between 34 states and the District of Columbia that allows nurses to practice nursing in all participating states with a single license.

To apply for a multistate nursing license through the NLC, you must:
• Have a valid nursing license in a participating state.
• Meet the Uniform Licensure Requirements (ULRs) for multistate licensure.
• Submit a completed application and all required fees.

Once your application is approved, you will receive a multistate nursing license. You will be able to practice nursing in any participating state without having to obtain a separate license.
Here are some additional tips for getting a multistate nursing license:
• Start early. The processing time for multistate nursing licenses can vary, so it’s important to start early.
• Be organized. Make sure you have all of the required documentation before you submit your application.
• Follow the instructions carefully. Read and follow the instructions on the NLC website carefully to avoid any delays in processing your application.
• Be patient. It may take several weeks for your application to be processed.

Getting a multistate nursing license can be a great way to expand your job opportunities and practice nursing in multiple states. By following the tips above, you can make the process as smooth as possible.



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