Nurse Licensure Compact
The Virginia Board of Nursing is a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) participating state.
Pursuant to Virginia Code § 54.1-3030, et. seq., Virginia has been in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) since January 1, 2005.
The states currently participating in the NLC are: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin or view a map of NLC participating states by clicking on the NLC Map.
The NLC 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 NLC 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.
- Primary State of Residence (PSOR) 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 PSOR may be required.
- Per the NLC, acceptable documents (evidence) of proof of residency are:
- a current driver’s license
- voter’s registration card
- a federal income tax return
- military form #2058 (active duty military personnel only)
- W2 from U.S. government
The privilege to practice in compact states 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. Click here to read Virginia Laws and Regulations governing the practice of Nursing.
EXEMPTIONS (FEDERAL GOVERNMENT/MILITARY STAFF)
- Federal government employees and military staff practicing exclusively in federal and military systems are required to hold only one current active license from any state. Proof of employment may be required for issuance of the license.
- Federal employees or military nurses practicing in a civilian health system are bound by the laws and rules of the Nurse Licensure Compact.
- Federal government/military employees may be issued only one multi-state privilege license at a time, if proof of residency in compact state provided; if no proof provided, a single-state license may be issued regardless of where nurse resides.
Video: The Nurse Licensure Compact Explained a video from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)
Declaration of Primary State of Residence Form (PDF document)
Endorsement Flowchart (PDF document)
NCLEX Flowchart (PDF document)
If you would like additional information concerning the Nurse Licensure Compact, please click here to view the NLC FAQ's on NCSBN's website.