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Nurse Licensure Compact

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.

Examination: 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

Mail, email or fax your proof of NC residency to the North Carolina Board of Nursing using one of the below methods.


Attn: Compact Request
P.O. Box 2129 
Raleigh, NC 27602


Fax: (919) 781-9461

Announcement: New NLC Rule

Starting Jan. 2, 2024, a new NLC rule will be in effect. Nurses relocating to another compact state have 60 days from the time they move to apply for a new license by endorsement in a new primary state of residence.

The new rule (effective beginning January 2, 2024) reads:

402(2) A multistate licensee who changes primary state of residence to another party state shall apply for a multistate license in the new party state within 60 days.

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Last Changed: 15-March-2024