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Nurse License Compact

The pdf icon Nurse License Compact Act became effective in Nebraska on 1/1/01. States that have enacted the Nurse License Compact (NLC) are compact states. The NLC provides for a mutual recognition licensing system that enables a registered nurse (RN) or licensed practical nurse (LPN) to hold a multi-state license in his/her state of residency provided the state is a member of the Nurse License Compact. Under mutual recognition a nurse with a multi-state license in a compact state may practice either physically or electronically in any compact state, unless the nurse is under discipline or a monitoring agreement that restricts practice across state lines. The nurse must follow the laws and regulations of the state in which he/she practices. Nurses who are not under discipline who declare Nebraska as their primary state of residence are issued a multi-state license. Nurses who wish to practice in Nebraska and whose primary state of residence is a non-compact state will be issued a Nebraska single-state license. A nurse may hold only one multi-state license from a compact state at a time.

Employers wishing to verify license status for nurses whose primary state of residence and state of licensure is another compact state should use

Below are links to NLC information on the National Council of State Board of Nursing (NCSNB) web site:

NLC home page:




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