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Nurse Licensure Compact

What is the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)?

The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows a nurse (RN and LPN/VN) to have one compact license in the nurse's primary state of residence (the home state) with authority to practice in person or via telehealth in other compact states (remote states). The nurse must follow the nurse practice act of each state. The mission of the Nurse Licensure Compact is: The Nurse Licensure Compact advances public protection and access to care through the mutual recognition of one state-based license that is enforced locally and recognized nationally. 
The video on this page entitled Nurse Licensure Compact Overview provides a basic presentation about the concept of a nurse licensure compact. The original NLC has been in effect since 2004. In 2015, a new enhanced nurse licensure compact (eNLC) was adopted and required 26 states or the date of December 31, 2018, whichever came sooner, for implementation. The eNLC was adopted and implemented January 19, 2018, with 29 member states. Nine more states are introducing eNLC legislation in the 2018 session. All applicants for the multistate license are required to meet the same licensing requirements which include federal and state criminal background checks. Adoption of the eNLC requires legislative approval in each individual state. 

Minnesota and the NLC

Nurse Licensure Compact Survey Results

Nurses frequently contact the Board of Nursing questioning when Minnesota will join the Nurse Licensure Compact. To address these queries, the Minnesota Board of Nursing (MBN), in collaboration with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), conducted a web survey of all registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) with an active license in Minnesota to assess nurses' knowledge of and opinions about the NLC. The survey was comprised of 12 questions and was sent in February to 122,973 nurses of which 20,834 responded. 
Overall, more than 80% of respondents to the survey were in favor of Minnesota joining the NLC. Minnesota has not enacted the eNLC which requires legislative approval. Let your legislators know your interest in and position on the enactment of the eNLC. The complete results of this survey, including a summary PowerPoint, are provided in the links below:


There are a variety of resources available about the NLC, a number of which are provided in the links below. Please see the videos located on this page about Transitioning to the eNLC for current NLC states and the video on Transitioning to the eNLC for new compact states.

Nurse Licensure Compact Overview
Transitioning to the eNLC - New Compact States
What nurses need to know in new eNLC states as their state joins the compact.
Transitioning to the eNLC - Original Compact States
What nurses need to know in original NLC states as their state joins the enhanced compact.
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