FAQs for Nurses with Primary Residency in FL, GA, OK, WV and WY

  • My primary state of residence is one of the states (FL, GA, OK, WV, WY) that is new to the compact starting Jan 19, 2018. Am I automatically covered under a multistate license on that date?

    No, you are not automatically granted a multistate license. Each licensee in these states will need to request the enhanced NLC multistate license from the home state board of nursing. Check the board of nursing website for more details. Each state will have its own process for reviewing applicants who request MSL status. Also, each state will determine if a MSL fee will be charged as well as the amount of the fee. 

    Access the board of nursing website for more details. Each board will start to accept applications no later than January 19, 2018. Some states may accept applications prior to January 19, 2018.

  • My primary state of residence is one of the states (FL, GA, OK, WV, WY) that is new to the compact starting Jan 19, 2019. I already hold an active license in FL, for example. Is the multistate license in addition to this license?

    No, it is not. For example, a nurse’s primary state of residence is FL. The nurse holds a single state FL license. The nurse submits an application (and pays any required fee) for a multistate license from the board of nursing. The board reviews the nurse’s credentials and determines that the nurse meets the licensure requirements for a multistate license and issues a multistate license. The nurse then has multistate status in the enhanced NLC states. With one multistate license, the nurse can practice in FL or in any enhanced NLC state. The nurse can verify this status using the quick confirm feature at nursys.com. Should the board determine that the nurse in this example does not meet the requirements for a multistate license; the nurse will be notified and may retain the single state FL license. 

  • My primary state of residence is one of the five states (FL, GA, OK, WV, and WY) that are new to the eNLC. I also have a license in one of the other eNLC states, for example, Virginia. Can I stop renewing my Virginia license after January 2018?

    First, you need to apply to obtain multistate licensure status in your primary state of residence. This is described in #1-2 of this section. Once you have been issued a multistate status license, then you will be informed you may hold only one multistate license from one compact state and should not renew the VA license (or a license in any enhanced NLC state) which is due after Jan 19, 2018. 

  • When can I request a multistate license?

    Each board will start to accept applications no later than January 19, 2018. Some states may accept requests prior to January 19, 2018. You should access information on your home state board of nursing website.