Welcome to the Show-Me 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.


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

If you were educated outside of the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada, you must have a credentials evaluation service such as CGFNS send our office a certificate.

You will also have to provide English-language proficiency with either of the following:

  1. A (TOEFL) with a passing score of 540 on the paper exam or a passing score of of 76 for the internet-based exam.
  2. A (TOEIC) with a passing score of 725.
  3. A (IELTS) with a passing score of 6.5 on the Academic Module and a Spoken Band score of 7.

Licenses expire on the 30th of April on odd-numbered years and cost $60. Click herefor renewal information.

Continuing Comptetency

Missouri does not have continuing education requirements for endorsement or renewal.

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

Web Address: https://pr.mo.gov/nursing.asp


3605 Missouri Boulevard P.O. Box 656 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656

Phone: 573.751.0681

Fax: 573.751.0075 Fax

TTY (800) 735- 2966

Email: nursing@pr.mo.gov


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