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How long does it take to get a nursing license in each state?

Glossary

ENLC – Enhanced Nursing Licensure: The eNLC was launched on January 19th, 2018 to allow nurses with multi-state licenses to practice in any other eNLC state without obtaining additional licenses.  There are currently 34 states which have enacted eNLC legislation.

*New Jersey is allowing nurses who hold active, unencumbered, multi-state licenses issued by Nurse Licensure Compact member states to practice in New Jersey under their multi-state licenses.

Click each state name below to go to the official state nursing website.

Yes

Temp: 48 hours

Perm: No set time frame

Every year

No

Temp: 10 business days

Perm: 10 business days

Yes

Temp: 48h – Walk-In or 2w – Mail

Perm: 1-2 months

Every 4 years

Yes

Temp: 3-5 business days

Perm 3-5 business days

Every 2 years

No

Temp: 8-10 weeks

Perm: 10-12 weeks

Every 2 years on your birthday

Yes

Temp: 4-5 weeks

Perm: 6 weeks

Every 2 years by September 30

No

Temp: 2-3 weeks

Perm: 5-7 business days once all documents received

Every year

Temp: 4-6 weeks

Perm: 4-6 weeks

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: 30 days

Perm: 30 days

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: Unavailable

Perm: 15 business days

Every 2 years

No

Temp: Unavailable

Perm: 15-20 business days

Every 2 years on June 30 of odd years

Yes

Temp/Perm: No set timeline

Every 2 years on August 31

No

Temp: 2 weeks

Perm: 4-6 weeks

Every 2 years by May 31

Yes

Temp: 2 weeks

Perm: 2-4 weeks

Every odd year on October 31

Yes

Temp: 5-10 business days

Perm: 2 – 8 weeks

Every year

Yes

Temp: 7-10 business days

Perm: 2 – 4 weeks

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: No set timeline

Perm: 2 weeks

Every year – October 31

Yes (Registered Nurse and Practical Nurse)

Temp: No set timeline

Perm: 4 – 6 weeks

Every year

Yes

Temp: Unavailable

Perm: 1-2 weeks

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: 48-72 hours

Perm: 4-6 weeks

Every 2 years

No

Temp: 4-6 weeks (only for nurses registered in Canada)

Perm: 4-6 weeks

Every 2 years

No

Temp: 4-6 weeks (only for nurses registered in Canada)

Perm: 4-6 weeks

Every 2 years

No

Temp: 1 business day

Perm: 2 weeks

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: Unavailable

Perm: 7-15 business days

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: Unavailable

Perm: 30-60 days

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: Unavailable

Perm: 30-60 days

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: No set timeline

Perm: 4-5 weeks

On October 31st of odd-numbered years

No

Temp: 7-10 business days

Perm: 2-4 months

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: no set timeline

Perm: 4-6 weeks

Every year

Enacted Partial (*New Jersey is allowing nurses who hold active, unencumbered, multi-state licenses issued by Nurse Licensure Compact member states to practice in New Jersey under their multi-state licenses.)

Temp: Unavailable

Perm: 6 – 8 weeks

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: 2-3 weeks

Perm: No set timeline

Every 2 years

No

Temp: 6-8 weeks

Perm: No set timeline

Every 4 years

Yes

Temp: 1-2 weeks

Perm: 6 – 8 weeks

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: 3-5 business days

Perm: 7-10 business days

Every year

No

Temp: 4-6 weeks

Perm: 4-6 weeks

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: Varies

Perm: 2-3 weeks

Every 2 years

No

Temp: Unavailable

Perm: 1 week

Every 2 years

No

Temp: 48 hours

Perm: No set time frame

Every year

No

Temp: 48 hours

Perm: No set time frame

Every year

Yes

Temp: 1 day

Perm: 10-14 business days

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: 2-3 business days

Perm: 4-6 weeks

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: Unavailable

Perm: 6 weeks

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: 2 weeks

Perm: 2 weeks

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: Unavailable

Perm: 2-4 weeks

Every 2 years

No

Temp: Unavailable

Perm: 3-5 business days

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: Unavailable

Perm: 4 – 6 weeks

Every 2 years

No

Temp: 7-10 business days

Perm: 7-10 business days

Every year – October 31

Yes (Registered Nurse and Practical Nurse)

Temp: 48 hours

Perm: No set time frame

Every year

Yes

Temp: 10-15 business days

Perm: 10-15 business days

Every 2 years

Yes

Temp: 10-14 business days

Perm: Up to 90 days

Every 2 years

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