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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, by 2015 the license had grown to include 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.
Montana refers to endorsements as license by credentialing. The list below describes general requirements for license by credentialing. The application can be found
$200.00 complete application fee and link
Proof you have passed the NCLEX or a Board recognized license exam.
You must provide proof of all states or other places you were licensed in for the last two years. You may be able to verify your license through www.nursys.com
Foreign transcripts must be evaluated
Nurses attending training abroad may have to provide proof of English language proficiency by exam
For states that do not participate in the Nursys verification system you must request verification directly from the board who issued your license.
If your state does not participate in the Nursys Verification system you must fill out a Montana Department of Labor & Industry Verification Request . The fee for this form is $20.
For more information, click here.
RN’s must take 24 hours of continuing education after their first renewal. Renewals occur during even numbered years on December 31 and the cost of renewal is $100. For more information, Click here. Renewal application can be found here
301 South Park, 4th Floor (map) Helena, MT 59601
P.O. Box 200513 Helena, MT 59620-0513
General Fax: (406) 841-2305
General E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information regarding endorsement:
Phone (406) 841-2202
Fax (406) 841-2305
Information regarding licence verification, renewal, or name changes:
Phone: (406) 841-2205
For continuing education information:
Telephone: (406) 841-2380
To contact Board Management, call:
Cynthia Gustafson, PhD, RN Executive Officer
Board Management Bureau
Telephone: (406) 841-2380
A link to the Montana State Nursing Board’s frequently asked questions can be found here