Are there any special requirements for being licensed in two states?

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Dear Nancy,

I will be graduating from nursing school soon. I would like to get a license in one state because I have a job offer there. Eventually, I would like to get a license in another state. Can I do that? If so, are there any special requirements?


Nancy Brent replies:

Dear Davida,

There is nothing prohibiting you from being licensed in several states. Obviously, the state in which you have a job would be the first place to obtain licensure. While working there, write to the board of nursing in the state you also wish to obtain licensure. You can get this information on the board’s website. Then follow the instructions for applying for a license in the second state. Oftentimes, the forms you need can be downloaded from the website. The process of obtaining the second license may be termed “endorsement” or “reciprocity”, so look for those terms as you do your research.

Note that if both states are members of the Nurse Licensure Compact, the process of obtaining the second license will be different than if one or both of the states are not members of the NLC. You can read more about the NLC by going to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s website (, click on the tab Nursing Education, Licensure and Practice, and then click on Nurse Licensure Compact from the drop-down menu.



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    Jayme L Fishman January 15, 2018 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    There is a possibility that I may move to another state for family reasons, and I would like to keep my original licensure, since I plan to come back at some date in the future. I do not plan to get licensed or work in the new state. How does that work however? Can I keep my license active in my current state with an address that is out of state as long as I maintain all of the licensing requirements that are necessary such as fees and continuing education credits? Thank you for clarifying this for me.

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