Need guidance on applying for a nursing license in the U.S. as a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical/vocational nurse (LPN/VN)? Use this tool for state-specific details, based on where you will be living and where you want to practice.
In the U.S. you need to be authorized to practice by a board of nursing. Practice is where the patient is, and it includes the direct care of patients, telehealth, care via telephone, and distance education of nursing students. Licensure requirements can vary by state.
To begin, please select if you were educated within the U.S. or outside the U.S.
Your state of residence is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). As a resident of a compact state you may be eligible for a multistate license. A multistate license issued by your home state is valid in all compact states. To practice in noncompact states, you must apply for a single-state license with the appropriate board of nursing.
To practice in your selected state(s)
You will need a license in the below states. Select each state for licensure guidance.
Obtaining licensure in the state(s) listed above authorizes you to practice in the following states as long as you qualify for a multistate license. See the uniform licensure requirements for a multistate license.
Obtaining licensure in the state(s) listed above authorizes you to practice in the following states.