Key Licensure Information to Begin Your Journey

Compact License States

The Nurse Licensure Compact allows any nurse who resides in one of the participating compact states to practice nursing in any of the states that are part of compact state alliance (see map below). 


Please visit the Nurse License Compact Administrator website for more information:

Walk-Through States

Walk-through states allow a nurse to be issues a temporary license within a very short period of time. This temporary license is used to practice nursing while awaiting permanent licensure to be processed. These temporary licenses obtained in walk-through states are usually valid for 30 days to 6 months depending on the state issuing the license. The following states allow licensure by “walk-through”:

  • Hawaii
  • Vermont
  • South Dakota
  • Arizona - 48 Hr. Temp License for Emergencies
  • Louisiana
  • New York - Reinstatements only 
  • Missouri
  • South Carolina - on Wednesdays
  • Nebraska

Board of Nursing Websites

Please see below a list of all the state board of nursing sites:

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