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Nurse Licensure Compact

VIRGINIA JOINED THE NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT ON JANUARY 1, 2005.

Video: The Nurse Licensure Compact Explained a video from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

Click here to view the National Council of State Boards of Nursing's Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Fact Sheet for Licensees and Nursing Students

Declaration of Primary State of Residence Form (Word Document)

Information for Employers of Nurses in Virginia regarding the Nurse Licensure Compact (Word Document)

Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Fact Sheet: What Nurse Employers Need to Know (PDF document)

Change In Processing of Verifications - Virginia Verifications Now Processed By NURSYS (Word Document)

Endorsement Flowchart (PDF document)

NCLEX Flowchart (PDF document)

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IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING YOUR LICENSE

Pursuant to §54.1-3030, et. seq., Code of Virginia, Virginia became a participating state in the Nurse Licensure Compact on January 1, 2005.  The Nurse Licensure Compact authorizes Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses licensed and residing in a compact state to practice in other compact states without the necessity of obtaining an additional license.  The Nurse Licensure Compact facilitates nursing practice among the compact states by requiring the nurse to maintain a license in his/her primary state of residence which grants “multi-state privilege” to practice in other compact states.  However, this privilege requires that the nurse practice according to the laws and regulations of each state in which the nurse practices or provides care (i.e., the state in which the patient is located at the time care is rendered), either physically or electronically.  Nursing practice is not limited to patient care, and includes all nursing practice as defined by each compact state’s practice laws. 

The states currently participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact are:  Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware,  Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

Primary state of residence” is defined by the Compact as “the state of a person’s declared fixed permanent and principal home or domicile for legal purposes.”  Evidence of a primary state of residence may be required. 

Please carefully review the following specific situations to help you decide what action you need to take regarding your licensure status.   

  • If you are currently licensed in Virginia and Virginia is your primary state of residence and your license is unencumbered, you will be afforded the multi-state privilege to practice in all compact states.  You will not be issued a license marked multi-state privilege on January 1, 2005.  However, anyone verifying your license with the Board will be informed of the multi-state privilege.  A new license will be issued at the time of your next renewal. 
  • If you are currently licensed in Virginia, as well as another compact state, and the other compact state is your primary state of residence, your Virginia license will not be valid after January 1, 2005.  Please destroy your Virginia nursing license as of January 1, 2005. 
  • If you are currently licensed in Virginia and your primary state of residence is another compact state in which you are not currently licensed, you will need to apply for licensure in your primary state of residence (home state).  Your Virginia license will not be valid after January 1, 2005.  Licensure in your primary state of residence (compact state) will allow you to practice in Virginia. 
  • If you are currently licensed in Virginia and employed by the military/federal government and declare a compact state as your state of residency, you need only have one license from any state or territory per U.S. federal government/military policy. A federal or military nurse who also practices in a civilian health system is bound by the Compact law and rules.  If you reside in a non-compact state, the rules regarding mutual recognition licensure do not apply and the federal exemptions apply. 
  • If you are currently licensed in a non-compact state, you must continue to hold a license issued by each non-compact state in which you practice. 

If you would like additional information concerning the Nurse Licensure Compact, please click on the link to “Frequently Asked Questions:  NCSBN’s Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) at https://www.ncsbn.org/NurseLicensureCompactFAQ.pdf

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