Depending on where you want to work, you may need a nursing license specific to that state.  Below is more information on which states have their own specific license requirements, as well as which states are part of the Compact State program. For a a very thorough article with a state by state breakdown of timeline, cost, directions, and contact information – go here: State by State Guide to Licensure on Nurse dot com.

States with Specific License Requirements (Licensure by Endoresement)

The following states have specific license requirements:

Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, & Washington DC

Nurse Licensure Compact States (commonly referred to as ‘Compact’ States) *Updates Below*

A Nurse with a Compact License from one of these states can practice in any of the other states using that same license. See the map below and learn more at the NLC website:

























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Walkthrough States

Walkthrough states allow a nurse to be issued a temporary state nursing license within one hour to one day’s time. This temporary travel nursing license is used to practice nursing while awaiting permanent licensure to be processed. The temporary licenses obtained in walkthrough states are usually valid for 30 days to six months, depending on the state issuing the license. The following states are considered walkthrough states:

Arizona, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, & South Carolina

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