Things to Know as an LPN or RN If You Move to Another State

Things to Know as an LPN or RN If You Move to Another State

You’ve worked hard for your licensed practical nurse (LPN) or registered nurse (RN) license. If you’re moving to a new state, you likely want to know how to transfer it with you, so your hard work isn’t wasted. For most nurses, the process is fairly easy. Read on to learn how you can transfer your license to your new state when you move.

Transfer Your LPN or RN License

There are several ways to transfer your license to a new state, and that depends entirely on the state you’re moving from and the state you’re moving to. 

What is the Nurse Licensure Compact?

You’ve likely heard about the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) during nursing school. As a refresher, the NLC is an agreement between many states that if you have an active LPN or RN license in one of those states, it applies to any of the other states in the NLC. 

A newer version of the NLC called the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), outlines more specific requirements and what you can do with your license in other eNLC states. It was released in 2018, and any nurse that qualified for the NLC before then can qualify for the eNLC. 

If you live in a state that wasn’t part of the NLC before 2018, and you got your LPN or RN license before January 19, 2018, you’ll need to look up your original board of nursing and apply through them for a multistate license. The states that this applies to are Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wyoming. 

Most states are eNLC. But if you’re moving to or from one of the following states that aren’t eNLC, you’ll need to contact the nurse licensing boards in your old and new states to learn how to transfer your license: Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. 

You can read more about the NLC and find the state nursing regulatory board that you need by doing an online search or through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.

How Do I Transfer My License from One eNLC State to Another?

If your new and old states are part of eNLC, then transferring your license from one to another is fairly straightforward. 

  1. Your LPN or RN license needs to be active and valid, and you can’t have any issues with it in the state you’re moving from. 
  2. If you’re moving from one eNLC state to another eNLC state, go to the Nursys website and make sure you have a multistate license by looking yourself up. 
  3. If you do, then all you need to do next is request the transfer under the licensure verification option. Follow the instructions, pay $30 per license that you’re verifying, and you’re done!

How Do I Transfer My License If I’m Moving To/From a Non-eNLC State?

If you’re moving to or from one of the seven states that don’t participate in the eNLC, you’ll have a different process to transfer your license:

  1. You’ll need an active and valid LPN or RN license in the state you’re moving from. 
  2. Look up the state board of nursing for the state you’ll be moving to. It will tell you what you’ll need to do in order to transfer your license to that state. 
  3. You’ll need to fill out an application for licensure either by exam or by endorsement and pay a transfer fee. The state board of nursing will tell you which one you can apply for and the details of how to proceed either with taking the exam or getting an endorsement from your original board and state.

Michelle Paul

Michelle Paul is an RN Content Specialist at Clipboard Health. She has worked with a variety of patient demographics, ranging from young adults in foreign countries, to elderly residents in skilled nursing facilities, to healthy blood donors in her community. Her experience in content creation gives her a unique perspective on communication within the healthcare field.