Travel Nursing in the USA

Compact Nursing States

Map and list of Compact Nursing States from NLC; how to apply for Compact Nursing License in 24 states.

Nurse Licensure Compact

Travel nurse jobs in nursing compact states offer incredible flexibility by allowing nurses to practice across state lines with one multi­state license.

Who is Eligible for Compact Nursing License?

Registered Nurses can obtain a compact (multi state) nursing licensure if he/she:

  1. Legally resides in a NLC state. See list of compact nursing states below.
  2. Hold an active RN or LPN/VN nursing license in good standing.
  3. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are not included in this compact.
  4. Declare a NLC state as your primary state of residency.
  5. Meet the licensure requirements in your home state.


What is the Nurse Licensure Compact?

Designed by the National Council of the State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) with the objective to remove regulatory obstacles and increase access to safe nursing care, The RN and LPN/VN Nurse Licensure Compact was established more than a decade ago. The NCSBN currently recognizes 24 Nurse Licensure Compact States; with additional states pending legislation. Nurses with a compact nursing license may practice both physically and/or electronically through a streamlined process without additional applications or fees across NLC state lines.


RN's & LPN/VN's interested in applying for travel nurse jobs with a compact nursing licensure are advised to focus on the 24 blue highlighted states below.

List of Compact Nursing States

Compact Nursing States Map


Search Travel Nurse Jobs in All Compact Nursing License States

1 Arizona 13 New Hampshire
2 Arkansas 14 New Mexico
3 Colorado 15 North Carolina
4 Delaware 16 North Dakota
5 Idaho 17 Rhode Island
6 Iowa 18 South Carolina
7 Kentucky 19 South Dakota
8 Maine 20 Tennessee
9 Maryland 21 Texas
10 Mississippi 22 Utah
11 Missouri 23 Virginia
12 Nebraska 24 Wisconsin

* Source: NCSBA website – updated 09/2014


Quick Facts about Travel Nurse Jobs in Compact Nursing States

  • Travel nurse jobs in America’s nursing compact states offer top pay and great benefits.
  • Travel nurses declaring a NLC state as their primary residence will be issued a compact nursing license by that state. In turn, working in other nursing compact states won't require additional licenses to practice.
  • RNs without permanent residency in an NLC state, wishing to practice in one, should apply for a single state license in the state they wish to practice in.
  • Nurses working in travel nurse jobs at remote states, will also be held accountable to the Nurse Practice Act of the state where the patient is located or where practice occurs.



Licensure for Travel Nurses
Find out how long it may take to obtain a RN license in another state; compact and walk-through states may speed up the process.

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What Registered Nurses Should Know about Compact Nursing Licensure

Weighing in on nursing licensure in compact states, Deb Bacurin, Clinical Resource Manager at American Traveler says

"RN's taking travel nurse jobs find that the procedure involved in getting their compact nursing license can place them well ahead on their way to achieving the best possible career results. The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) enables multi state licensure for nurses, which offers job flexibility and great career development. The compact nursing licensure process is easy and efficient -- in addition, it will certainly increase travel nurse career opportunities for higher paying jobs nationwide."

How does working in a Nurse Licensure Compact state help land travel nurse jobs?

Many travel nurse jobs in featured locations are also in compact nursing states. RN's are encouraged to find out how to obtain a compact nursing license and take full advantage of its benefits and flexibility. If a nurse currently resides in a non-compact state but is seeking travel nurse jobs in NLC states, he/she should apply for licensure by endorsement. American Traveler can help with applicable fees and complete a declaration of primary state of residency. In the end, you’ll have a nursing license to do what you love in another state!

Apply online for travel nurse jobs at a NLC state or call us at 800-884-8788

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