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:

1. Meets the requirements for licensure in the home state (state of residency);

2. 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);

3. 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);

4. Has passed an NCLEX-RN® or NCLEX-PN® Examination or predecessor exam;

5. Is eligible for or holds an active, unencumbered license (i.e., without active discipline);

6. Has submitted to state and federal fingerprint-based criminal background checks;

7. Has no state or federal felony convictions;

8. Has no misdemeanor convictions related to the practice of nursing (determined on a case-by-case basis);

9. Is not currently a participant in an alternative program;

10. Is required to self-disclose current participation in an alternative program; and

11. Has a valid United States Social Security number.