The eNLC: How To Get A New Compact Nursing License
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing implemented the enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact on January 19 this year. On that day, five new states joined the compact. For those who already had compact nursing licenses that means you now have five more states where you can practice without having to get an in-state license: Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
For nurses with single state licenses in those five states, compact nursing licenses are now available. In almost every state, acquiring one starts with the same two things. The nurse must meet the new uniform licensure requirements (including completing a criminal background check) and have a proof of residency.
Florida is charging nurses with current active licenses $100 to convert to a multi-state license, a fee that seems to be middle of the road. The board will accept fingerprints done within the last 90 days when applying for a license upgrade. Fingerprints older than that will have to be redone.
Florida nurses ready to apply can do so online through the state board’s website.
The state board has also created a list of frequently asked questions for Florida nurses who want to know more.
In addition to requiring proof of residency, Georgia requires applicants for a multi-state license to be fingerprinted for a background check through the COGENT Systems at least 48 hours before applying.
The state board also reminds applicants that they can not leave fields on the application blank, that they need to download and complete the GBON Criminal Background Check Release Form to submit with their application, that they should enroll in e-Notify at nursys.com, and to include an accurate email address so that they can communicate with the board about their application.
More information is available on the Georgia Board of Nursing website.
Oklahoma is charging nurses with an existing license a $150 fee to transition to a new multi-state license.
West Virginia has been accepting applications for a multi-state license since November. The process for West Virginia nurses is four steps and explained in more detail in a flow chart on the state nursing board’s website.
West Virginia has by far the lowest fee for transitioning a license, approximately just $7, assuming the nurse has already paid for a license renewal for this year. After the fee has been paid, nurses should save their receipt. It indicates their application is pending board approval.
Nurses interested in applying for a multi-state license must schedule an appointment to submit fingerprints for a state and federal background check with identtogo.com.
An application for a multi-state license can be completed on the state board website.
Since West Virginia has two separate nursing boards for registered and licensed practical nurses, LPNs need to visit a different website.
Wyoming nurses will need to pay $85 in fees to transition their license to a multi-state.
Like the other states, an application is available on the state board website.
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