Updates to the Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact

Update: As of January 1, 2020, Alabama has joined the NLC and is issuing licenses. Additionally, New Jersey has passed NLC legislation and implementation is pending.

For nearly 20 years, the Nursing Licensure Compact has been operational, allowing nurses to provide care across state lines without having to apply for multiple licenses.

As of July 1, 2019, Kansas and Louisiana have joined the eNLC, bringing the number of active member states to 31!

What does this mean for nurses in Kansas and Louisiana?

If you live in one of the two new member states, you will now be able to utilize your license to practice in any eNLC state. You do not need to apply for a new license, but you should reach out to your Board of Nursing for instructions on how to convert your single-state license to a compact license.

Visit the Kansas Board of Nursing to learn more about converting your license to compact.

Learn more about converting your license to compact in Louisiana.

What does this mean for nurses with a compact license from another state?

Thanks to the newly implemented legislation, your compact license is now recognized in both Kansas and Louisiana!

What is the latest on the status of the eNLC?

In addition to the 31 member states, Alabama and Indiana have passed eNLC legislation. At this time, Alabama has scheduled implementation of the compact on January 1, 2020, and Indiana’s implementation date is still pending.

See the map below for an update on member states and those with pending legislation.