A nurse may hold a multistate license, issued by the home state/primary state of residence, in only one party state at a time.
For compact purposes, primary state of residence is not related to property ownership in a given state. It is about one’s legal residency status. Everyone has legal documents such as a driver’s license, voter registration, federal income tax return, military form no. 2058, vehicle registration, bank accounts, library card, etc.
Compact state nurses who have multiple residences may designate only one state as their primary state of residence, and should evidence that choice in the foregoing types of records. Verification of these types of records may be required.
If a nurse changes their primary state of residence by moving between two compact states, they are expected to apply for multi-state licensure in their new home state, and the multistate license issued by the prior home state will be deactivated in accordance with applicable rules adopted by the Commission. A nurse should not wait until the former license is about to expire before they apply for the multi-state license in their new primary state of residence.
For additional information, review the NCSBN NLC Fact Sheet regarding
Moving to Another State.