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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.

Each state needs a competent medical workforce to meet the needs of its 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.

For more details on endorsement, click here.

Licenses are renewed on a staggered biennial birth date system. The renewal fee is $100 for RNs.

Continuing Competency

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.

For more details on continuing education, click here.

Contact Information

Web Address:

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

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