Updates to eNLC Compact States: Alabama

Effective January 1st, 2020, Alabama is now a part of the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact!

This is great news for travelers and gives you even more options when considering where to take your next position. States that join the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) have agreed to recognize each other’s nursing licenses.

A nurse who resides in a compact state and holds an active license in good standing is able to use their compact license to work in any of the participating states. See the map below for an updated list of compact states.


For travelers from Alabama:

You can now apply for the multi-state designation!

Your state license is eligible to be recognized in all participating compact states. You can now work in 31 other states (see the full list below) without having to apply for a separate license.

If you are a nurse with a compact license in another eNLC state:

Great news! Alabama will now recognize your existing license. You can work in AL with the license you already have!

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Which states are currently in the compact?

States currently participating in the compact as of July 1st, 2019 include:

  • Alabama (added 1/1/2020)
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Which states currently have pending legislation?

Indiana and New Jersey are awaiting implementation to join. Both states have enacted legislature, but have not announced official dates yet.

Several states have legislation pending which would allow them to join the compact. Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts are all currently considering membership. However until the issue is confirmed by their respective state governments, they will not become a part of the compact.


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