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" The Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC) is an agreement between states that allows nurses to have one license but the ability to practice in other states that are part of the agreement.

Originally developed in 2000, in 2024 the license had grown to include at least 25 states. To help streamline the process for nurses the Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC) was implemented in 2018 and included standards for licensure which the originally compact license was lacking.

The Alabama Board of Nursing’s (ABN) mission is to provide patients with competent medical staff through regulation and licensing requirements. If you are interested in working in Alabama, you should be aware of the ABN’s unique licensing requirements. Alabama is not a compact state and will require licensure by endorsement if you have never held a license there before. On this page you will find general information regarding the ABN’s endorsement, renewal, and continuing competency requirements


Application for license endorsement is required for nurses who received their license in another state. The requirements for endorsement are listed below.

Continuing Competency

24 contact hours are required for endorsement. There are several methods for obtaining required contact hours. According to the Alaama Board of Nursing, “We typically accept CE courses that are approved or accredited by any state board of nursing, state nurses association, or national organization such as the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). You may search the internet for CE for nurses to locate online providers.” By the way, did you know offers accredited courses?

Rev 3/31/16 610-X-10-.04 Acceptable Providers Of Continuing Education. (b) Continuing education approved by national associations or organizations that are accredited by a national continuing education body. Any continuing education provider approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (e) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits sponsored or conducted by those organizations or entities accredited by the Council on Medical Education of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama or by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

License cards/advanced practice approval cards discontinued effective July 5, 2016

Visit ABN for more information regarding license cards

Nursing License Renewal

Renewal costs $103.50

Registered nurse renewals take place on even numbered years from September 1st to December 31st.

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact the ABN

Physical Address

RSA Plaza, Suite 250 770 Washington Ave Montgomery, AL 36104

Mailing address

Alabama Board of Nursing P.O. Box 303900 Montgomery, AL 36130-3900

General fax and email

General E-mail:

Information regarding endorsement

Phone 1-800-656-5318

Fax 334-293-5201

Wendy Looney Licensure by endorsement

Alicia Nickelson Licensing verification

Joyce Jeter MSN, RN Director – Continuing education information

LaDonna Patton, MSN, RN, CEN ARNC Director


Please click here for FAQs regarding information about continuing education programs.

Please click here for FAQs regarding licensure by endorsement.

Please click here for FAQs regarding temporary licensure by endorsement.

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