Welcome to the Gem 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.


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

You may request an endorsement/reinstatement application via telephone, fax or via email, or you may also download the application form. You cannot declare another compact state as your primary state of residence if you are applying for an endorsement of license.

The following is a general list of requirements for endorsement, renewal, and continuing competency:

Licenses expire on the 31st of August during odd-numbered years and cost $90 to renew.

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

Idaho Board of Nursing

PO Box 83720 280 N 8th Street, Suite 210 Boise, Idaho 83720-0061

Phone number: (208) 577-2476

TDD Phone – (800) 377-3529

Fax number: 208.334.3262

For general frequently asked questions, visit the Board’s FAQ Additional page.

Email address:

Hours of Operation: 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday

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