Nurse Licensure Compact Requirements

Uniform Licensure Requirements for a Multi-State License

An applicant for licensure in a state that is part of the NLC will need to meet the following uniform licensure requirements as per K.S.A. 65-1166, Art. III:


  1. Meets the requirements for licensure in the home state (state of residency);
    • A. Has graduated from a board-approved education program; or
    • B. Has graduated from an international education program
      (approved by the authorized accrediting body in the applicable country
      and verified by an independent credentials review agency);
  2. Has passed an English proficiency examination
    (applies to graduates of an international education program not taught in English
    or if English is not the individual’s native language);
  3. Has passed an NCLEX-RN® or NCLEX-PN® Examination or predecessor exam;
  4. Is eligible for or holds an active, unencumbered license (i.e., without active discipline);
  5. Has submitted to state and federal fingerprint-based criminal background checks;
  6. Has no state or federal felony conviction or found guilty,
    or has entered into an agreed disposition, of a felony offense under applicable state or federal criminal law;
  7. Has no misdemeanor convictions related to the practice of nursing (determined on a case-by-case basis);
  8. Is not currently a participant in an alternative program;
  9. Is required to self-disclose current participation in an alternative program; and
  10. Has a valid United States Social Security number.