Enhanced Nurse Licensing Compact is Almost Here
As a means to improve access to care across state lines, the original Nurse Licensing Compact was enacted in 2000 and slowly grew to 25 participating states over the next 15 years. Since the intent of the compact legislation was to attract participation from all 50 states, after 15 years, it was clear that changes needed to be enacted to attract more member states. That leads us to the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) enacted in July 2017. The eNLC will be implemented on January 19, 2018, and below we will address some of the main points of interest with the new legislation.
- Each eNLC state will notify its licensees by mail of the required process and timeline for obtaining a multistate license.
- Nurses with a multistate license issued before 7/20/2017 will be grandfathered an eNLC IF their state is also adopting the eNLC. Nurses with a multistate license from the three states not moving to eNLC (Colorado, New Mexico, and Rhode Island) will only be able to practice in those states.
- For those nurses in the new states joining the compact (Wyoming, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Georgia) will be able to practice in any eNLC state once they receive their multistate license
Uniform Licensure Requirements: To be eligible for a multistate license, nurses much meet EACH of the following requirements.
- Meets the requirements for licensure in their home state.
- Has graduated from a board-approved or accredited education program.
- Has passed an English proficiency exam (if it is not the nurse’s native language)
- Has passed an NCLEX or predecessor exam.
- Is eligible for or holds an active, unencumbered license.
- Has submitted to state and federal criminal background checks.
- Has no state or federal felony convictions.
- Has no nursing related misdemeanor convictions.
- Is not participating in an alternative program.
- Has a valid U.S. Social Security Number.
These eligibility requirements are specific to eNLC licensing. Nurses who do not meet all of the above requirements may still be eligible for single-state licensure.
For the most up-to-date information about the eNLC, bookmark the Nurse Licensure Compact website and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website. To find a Nursing Board for a specific state, use this interactive link found here.
As eNLC information develops, check back to this site for updates that may impact your licensing situation. If you have questions or thoughts about the new eNLC, feel free to post in the comments section below or start a discussion on our Facebook Page.