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.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming