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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.

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.


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

National Council of State Boards of Nursing's Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Fact Sheet for Licensees and Nursing Students (PDF document)

Declaration of Primary State of Residence Form (PDF document)

Information for New Grads regarding the Nurse Licensure Compact (PDF document)

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

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