Renewal, Reinstatement, Endorsement-Reciprocity: A North Carolina license will not be issued until you declare North Carolina or a non-compact state as your primary state of residence. Once you declare North Carolina as your primary state of residence, you must immediately change your address via your Nurse Gateway portal.
A multi-state North Carolina license is not issued when another state is claimed as the primary state of residence, however, a single state license may be issued until proof of North Carolina residency is provided to the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
Official proof of residence which displays primary state of residence includes: Current Driver's License, Voter Registration, Federal Income Tax Return, W2 from U.S. Government or any Bureau, Division or Agency thereof indicating declared state of residence, or Military Form No. 2058
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Raleigh, NC 27602
Fax: (919) 781-9461
The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) has been implemented as of January 19, 2018.
The eNLC increases access to care while maintaining public protection at the state level.
Under the eNLC, nurses are able to provide care to patients in other eNLC states, without having to obtain additional licenses. Nurses with an original NLC multistate license will be grandfathered into the eNLC. New applicants residing in compact states will need to meet 11 uniform licensure requirements . Those who do not meet the new licensure requirements may still be eligible for a single state license.
The road from the NLC to the eNLC
States that are members of the eNLC will issue multistate licenses that allow you to practice physically, electronically and/or telephonically across a state border to patients located in other states that are members of the eNLC. If you hold a current North Carolina multistate license, issued on or before July 20, 2017, you will be grandfathered into the eNLC and no further action is needed from you unless you move to another state. As with the original NLC, if you practice in other states on your multistate license, you must adhere to the laws and regulations of the state where the patient is located.
The eNLC has specific licensure requirements, these are called "Uniform Licensure Requirements ." As stated above, all nurses previously declaring North Carolina their home state and holding a multistate license will be grandfathered into the eNLC; however, if you move to another state that is a member of the eNLC, you will need to meet the uniform licensure requirements in order to obtain a multistate license. Likewise, all nurses applying for licensure and declaring North Carolina their home state will need to meet the uniform licensure requirements.
- Map of eNLC States
- List of eNLC States
- Uniform Licensure Requirements for a Multistate License
- Driver's License Compact vs. Nurse Licensure Compact
- Legal Memo to Employers
- NLC - Employer Letter
- NLC - Faculty Letter (Dean-Directors)
- NLC - Fact Sheet for Faculty and Students
- eNLC - Transitioning to the eNLC - Original Compact States
- Facts about the NLC
- NLC Rules
- NLC Implementation Frequently Asked Questions
- e-Notify Flyer
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