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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, by 2015 the license had grown to include 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.
Each state needs a competent medical workforce to meet the needs of it’s citizens. However, the requirements for some health care professions are not the same in each state. That is why it is important to find out what is required of you as a future or current registered nurse before moving across state lines. Contact information is located at the bottom of this page.
Arkansas is a compact state. If you are moving to Arkansas or claiming it as your primary state of residence, you will need to apply for application by endorsement in order to use your license in Arkansas. General instructions are listed below.
Passing NCLEX results
Gradutation from a Board approved nursing program
US Social Security Number
Criminal Background Check
Completed online application and fee of $100
For more details on endorsement, click here.
Licenses are renewed every two years and cost $75
Generally, 15 contact hours of accredited, practice focused activity, current certification from a nationally recognized body, or one college credit hour in a nursing course (grade of C or higher) will suffice for your continuing education requirement.
Web Address: www.arsbn.Arkansas.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Arkansas State Board of Nursing University Tower Bldg. 1123 South University Suite 800 Little Rock, AR 72204-1619
Phone number: 501-686-2700
Fax number: 501-686-2714