What is a compact nursing license?

Compact nursing licenses are based on the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), a reciprocal agreement allowing nurses to practice in all participating states without the need for additional licensure.

In order to be eligible for a compact nursing license, nurses must meet certain requirements, including:

  • Graduation from an accredited nursing program

  • Passing the NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN examination

  • No disciplinary action against their nursing license

Please note that compact nurses must always abide by the laws and regulations of the state where they practice. Any disciplinary action taken against a nurse's license in one compact state may affect their ability to practice in other compact states.



For up-to-date information about the NLC and participating states, please visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)'s page on the Nursing Licensure Compact.