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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 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.


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

Continuing Competency

Your license will expire on odd number years on either the 28th of February, the 31 of May, or the 30th of September. You will also need to work either 1,000 hours as a nurse over the past five years or 400 hours over the past two years in order to renew.

If your license is issued by endorsement and you have had it at least one year but less than two years, you will need 15 contact hours to renew. If you have had your license over two years you will need 30 contact hours to renew. If you had your Delaware license less than a year before your first renewal, you will not need any continuing education contact hours. Visit the 1900 Board of Nursing page and read section 9.0 for rules and regulations pertaining to mandatory continuing education

If you graduated from a nursing program outside the United States (including Canada) or in Puerto Rico, you will need to provide a copy of your CGFNS certificate or CES report.

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

Web address:


861 Silver Lake Blvd, Cannon Building, Suite 203 Dover, DE 19904

Phone: 302.744.4500

Fax: 302.739.2711



Click herefor for Delaware Board of Nursing’s frequently asked questions.

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