Welcome to the Old Line 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.


You must provide verification of licensure through NURSys - Link or if your state is not a participant of NURSys you must fill out a Verification of Original Licensure form - Link . Contact your state of licensure for applicable fees.

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

Maryland is a compact state. Click herefor more information.

Renewals can be completed online for $146 and take place every two years.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center or one of it’s local offices must approve, present, or accept any continuing education credit. You will not have to submit proof of continuing education at the time of renewal; but, you should keep any documentation for four years in the case of an audit. You must complete ten contact hours of continuing education in the two years preceding renewal. Click herefor more information.

Continuing Education Requirements

Maryland does not have any continuing education requirements. An approved refresher course may be needed if you do not have the required amount of hours for endorsement. Link for approved refresher courses

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

Web address:

For questions about licensure by endorsement please contact this Email address


4140 Patterson Avenue Baltimore, MD 21215

Phone: 410.585.1900 or 888.202.9861

Fax: 410.358.3530

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