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Nurse Licensure CompactThe North Carolina Board of Nursing implemented the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) effective July 1, 2000. Nurses with a multi-state license are granted the privilege to practice in 25 Nurse Licensure Compact participating states. This panel is devoted to providing educational and reference material to foster a greater understanding of Nurse Licensure Compact for nursing students, licensed nurses, employers and the citizens of the state of North Carolina.

You must not declare another primary state of residence in a compact state.

You are NOT eligible for licensure in North Carolina if your Primary State of Residence is currently another Compact State. Here are the compact states that apply; ARIZONA, ARKANSAS, COLORADO, DELAWARE, IDAHO, IOWA, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW MEXICO, NORTH DAKOTA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTH DAKOTA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, UTAH, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA and WISCONSIN

ENHANCED NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT
Posted: 9/22/2017

North Carolina Board of Nursing


4516 Lake Boone Trail ~ Raleigh, NC ~ 27607

Dear Nurse,

As you may be aware, North Carolina has passed a law to allow it to become a member of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). The eNLC will be implemented in North Carolina on January 19, 2018. Please take a moment to read the information below about the eNLC and how it may affect your license.

  • The enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) is very similar to the original Nurse Licensure Compact (NCL) our state belongs to.
  • States that are members of the eNLC will issue multistate licenses that allow you to practice physically, electronically and/or telephonically across a state border to patients located in other states that are members of the eNLC.
  • If you hold a current North Carolina multistate license, issued on or before July 20, 2017, you will be grandfathered into the eNLC and no further action is needed from you unless you move to another state.
  • As with the original NLC, if you practice in other states on your multistate license, you must adhere to the laws and regulations of the state where the patient is located.
Here are some important changes we want you to know about:
  • The eNLC has specific licensure requirements, these are called "Uniform Licensure Requirements (ULRs)." As stated above, all nurses previously declaring North Carolina their home state and holding a multistate license will be grandfathered into the eNLC; however, if you move to another state that is a member of the eNLC, you will need to meet the ULRs in order to obtain a multistate license. Likewise, all nurses applying for licensure and declaring North Carolina their home sate will need to meet the ULRs.
  • The states that are part of the eNLC are not exactly the same as the original NLC. If you have an eNLC multistate license, you can only practice in those designated eNLC states (see https://ncsbn.org/enlc for an updated map).
  • If you need to practice in a state that is not a member of the eNLC, you need a single state license issued from that state regardless of whether you hold a multistate license.
If you need more information:
  • The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has a website (https://ncsbn.org/enlc) that will provide you with the details you need to know about this new and exciting change for licensure in your state.
  • On the website, there are numerous resources available for your use, including written information, videos and infographics.
  • The website will also lead you to our state board of nursing website that has state-specific information on it.

Julia L. George, MSN, RN, FRE
Executive Director
North Carolina Board of Nursing

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact

North Carolina Board of Nursing

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