The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) is a national compact adopted in Idaho on July 1, 2001, which allows nurses who reside in and hold a multi-state license in a compact state, the privilege of practicing nursing in other compact states, without holding additional licenses in those states. Under terms of the compact, nurses may hold a valid multi-state license in only one compact state – their primary state of residence.
If you declare Idaho as your primary state of residence, you will be issued an Idaho multi-state license, and licenses that you currently hold in other compact states will become invalid. You are granted the privilege to practice in other compact states and are required to adhere to the practice laws of each respective state in which you practice.
If you change your state of residence to another state, you are directed to contact that state’s Board of Nursing and request a new license. If your new state of residence is a member of the Compact, your Idaho license will become invalid upon issuance of your new multi-state license. If your new state of residence is not a member of the Compact and you choose to continue practicing in Idaho, you will be issued an Idaho license designated as valid only for practice in Idaho.
The National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s Website provides the most up-to-date information on states that have implemented the Nurse Licensure Compact at https://www.ncsbn.org/