TRAVEL / Registered Nurse Licensing
Resources for Registered Nurse Licensing by State
All states license registered nurses. It is not always necessary to get a new license to take a position in another state. Approximately half of the United States belong to the nurse licensure compact. This agreement makes it easier for registered nurses to practice in multiple states.
An RN holds a license in only one compact state at a time. The RN may work in other compact states based on a multi-state license issued in their own home state. If the RN changes their primary residence, though, they’ll need to transfer their license quickly.
The specifics of the RN licensing process vary from state to state, but there are many commonalities. It’s imperative that a candidate become familiar with their own state licensing agency, and with the licensing agency of any state where they plan to work.
Click on a state below for current registered nurse licensing requirements.
District of Columbia