Welcome to the Centennial state!

" 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 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.


Colorado is a compact state. If you are moving to Colorado 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 Colorado. General instructions are listed below.

Foreign educated nurses must submit the CES Professional report from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).

All RN licenses expire on September 30 on an odd or even-numbered year, depending on when your license was issued. To renew your license click here.

Click hereto view the endorsement checklist

Continuing Education

Continuing Education is not required in Colorado.

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

Colorado Board of NursingDivision of Professions and Occupations,

1560 Broadway, Suite 1350 Denver, CO 80202

Phone number: 303.894.2430

Alternate phone: (303) 894-2458

Fax number: 303.894.2821


Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST

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