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Compact License 101: Everything You Need To Know About (eNLC)

What is the eNLC? Does it affect your state? How do you obtain eNLC license? Get informed and see what the eNCL means for you. Have all your questions answered and more.

Everything You Need To Know About The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC)

The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) increases access to care while maintaining public protection at the state level.

The eNLC enables nurses to be able to provided care to patients in other states under eNLC, without having to retrieve additional licenses. eNLC was formally implemented on January 19, 2018, replacing the NLC and including extra protections.

Nurses with an original NLC multistate license will be grandfathered into the eNLC. New applicants residing in compact states will need to meet 11 uniform licensure requirements. Those who do not meet the new licensure requirements may still be eligible for a single state license. Learn more at ncsbn.org

State's Moving Forward With eNLC

24 of the original 25 NLC states have shifted to the eNLC as of January 2018. A few new states that were not originally part of the NLC, are enacting state legislation to join the eNLC.

Moving From State To State

Moving From Compact State To Compact State: Your compact license will carry over for a grace period of 1 to 3 months, depending on the state. However, you will have to reapply for a multi-state license in your new state of residency.

Moving From A Non-Compact State To A Compact State: You will have to complete the licensure requirements below.

Licensure Requirements

An applicant for licensure in a state that is part of the eNLC will need to meet the following uniform licensure requirements:

  1. Meets the home state’s qualifications for licensure or renewal of licensure, as well as, all other applicable state laws;
  2. Has graduated or is eligible to graduate from a licensing board-approved RN or LPN/VN prelicensure education program; or has graduated from a foreign RN or LPN/VN prelicensure education program that (a) has been approved by the authorized accrediting body in the applicable country and (b) has been verified by an independent credentials review agency to be comparable to a licensing board approved prelicensure education program;
  3. Has, if a graduate of a foreign prelicensure education program not taught in English or if English is not the individual’s native language, successfully passed an English proficiency examination that includes the components of reading, speaking, writing and listening;
  4. Has successfully passed an NCLEX-RN® or NCLEX-PN® Examination or recognized predecessor, as applicable;
  5. Is eligible for or holds an active, unencumbered license;
  6. Has submitted, in connection with an application for initial licensure or licensure by endorsement, fingerprints or other biometric data for the purpose of obtaining criminal history record information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the agency responsible for retaining that state’s criminal records;
  7. Has not been convicted or found guilty, or has entered into an agreed disposition, of a felony offense under applicable state or federal criminal law;
  8. Has not been convicted or found guilty, or has entered into an agreed disposition, of a misdemeanor offense related to the practice of nursing as determined on a case-by-case basis;
  9. Is not currently enrolled in an alternative program
  10. Is subject to self-disclosure requirements regarding current participation in an alternative program; and
  11. Has a valid United States Social Security number

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