Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)

How would you like your Kentucky nursing license to be similar to your Kentucky driver’s license, enabling you to practice nursing throughout the country with your home state license, just as you can drive throughout the country with your Kentucky driver’s license?  Some states have enacted an agreement allowing a nursing license from one state to serve as a privilege to practice nursing in other states.  This agreement, or interstate compact, for mutual recognition is called the Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC).  

the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, mutual recognition, and interstate practice are all terms that refer to the same concept:  allowing a nurse to obtain one state license that grants a “multi-state privilege to practice” across state lines.   In order to achieve mutual recognition, each state must enact legislation authorizing the Nurse Licensure Compact.  States entering the compact also adopt administrative rules and regulations for implementation of the compact. 

Validate a Compact State License (outside of Kentucky) online External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.  through NurSys.

Information regarding Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Implementation External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.  (published by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing)