How to Transfer Your RN License to Another State
Are you a Registered Nurse (RN) who is moving to another state? Are you unsure of the steps you need to take to transfer your RN license? The process for transferring RN licenses from one state to another depends on the states that are involved in the transfer. Because of this, the procedure may differ from one state-pair to another. Nevertheless, the following information can help steer you in the right direction.
The Nurse Licensure Compact
The Nurse Licensure Compact, or NLC, is a fairly new program that has grown over the years and currently serves 25 states in the U.S. (as of 2015). Under the NLC, RNs who are licensed in a compact state can work in another compact state without obtaining a license in the state where they wish to work. The states included are as follows:
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
It is essential to note that the NLC only allows you to work among various participating compact states: it does not grant you a new license if you choose to move to the state where you wish to work. For you to be eligible for the NLC RN program, you must:
- Reside and work in an NLC state.
- Have a license in an NLC state.
- Have a license that is active and in good standing.
- Renew your NLC license according to the rules of your state of residence.
Transfers by Endorsement and Reciprocity
If you move to a different state, you will need to apply for a license in your new state. This applies for NLC licenses as well as traditional RN licenses. If you have an NLC RN license, you will be given 30 to 90 days to accomplish this depending on your new state's rules for transfers.
In any of these cases, transfer procedures vary depending on the state where you will be moving to. However, the most common programs for transferring RN licenses from one state to another are through endorsement or reciprocity. To find out which of these programs you are eligible for and the requirements you will need to meet, you can contact the Board of Nursing in your new state.
While many of the requirements for transfers through endorsement and reciprocity are standard, some states do have their own additional criteria you will need to fulfill. License transfer fees can vary from one state to another as well. At any rate, some of the most common transfer requirements you will encounter include:
- Completion and Submission of a Transfer Application
- Payment of Your New State's RN License Transfer Fee
- Submission of a Copy of Your Current RN License and State-Issued ID
- Submission to a Criminal Background Check
- Completion of Continuing Education Coursework (some states)
- Submission of Proof of Current Employment as an RN
- Completion of a State-Regulated RN Nursing Exam (some states)
If you need to transfer your RN license to another state, you can do so through such programs as the Nurse Licensure Compact, Endorsement, or Reciprocity.