General Nurse Licensing Information

As a travel nurse, acquiring multiple RN licenses in different states will open new travel opportunities and higher paying rates. Being licensed in multiple states, is an investment, but worth the extra time and effort. Some of the highest paying states such as California, can take over a month to process your application, so the sooner you start your licensing process, the faster you can get top pay.

Licensing Program Qualifications

We want you to choose where you want to travel. We know how expensive it is to maintain multiple nurse licenses are, which is why we help pay for them. If you are interested in learning more about how TotalMed can help, feel free to send us an email at staffinghelp@totalmed.com.

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) States

The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, is a license that 29 states are currently participating in. If your home state is one of the eNLC states, then your license will allow you to work in any of the other compact states. The following states participating in the eNLC include:

Wyoming
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Wyoming
West Virginia
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
West Virginia
Oklahoma
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Oklahoma
Georgia
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Georgia
Florida
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Florida
Montana
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Montana
Maine
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Maine
Delaware
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Delaware
Maryland
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Maryland
Virginia
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Virginia
North Carolina
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
North Carolina
South Carolina
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States, Walk-through States
South Carolina
Tennessee
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Tennessee
Kentucky
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Kentucky
Mississippi
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Mississippi
Wisconsin
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Wisconsin
Arkansas
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Arkansas
Missouri
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States, Walk-through States
Missouri
Iowa
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Iowa
Nebraska
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Nebraska
North Dakota
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
North Dakota
Texas
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Texas
New Mexico
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
New Mexico
Colorado
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Colorado
Arizona
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States, Walk-through States
Arizona
Utah
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States
Utah
Idaho
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States, Walk-through States
Idaho

Walk-through States

In walk-through states, nurses can be issued a temporary state nurse license. This temporary nursing license can take anywhere from an hour to one day to be issued, and is typically valid for 30 days to 6 months, depending on the state. These licenses are typically issued for nurses who are awaiting their permanent licensure to be processed. The following states are walk-through states:

New York
Walk-through States
New York
Louisiana
Walk-through States
Louisiana
Illinois
Walk-through States
Illinois
South Carolina
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States, Walk-through States
South Carolina
Missouri
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States, Walk-through States
Missouri
Arizona
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States, Walk-through States
Arizona
Idaho
Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States, Walk-through States
Idaho

Other States (Licensure by endorsement)

The following states have different requirements that are neither walk-through states nor compact:

Washington, DC
Other States
Washington, DC
Washington
Other States
Washington
Vermont
Other States
Vermont
Pennsylvania
Other States
Pennsylvania
Oregon
Other States
Oregon
Ohio
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Ohio
New Jersey
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New Jersey
Nevada
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Nevada
Minnesota
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Minnesota
Michigan
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Michigan
Massachusetts
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Massachusetts
Kansas
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Kansas
Indiana
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Indiana
Hawaii
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Hawaii
Connecticut
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Connecticut
California
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California
Alaska
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Alaska
Alabama
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Alabama
Rhode Island
Other States
Rhode Island