New Mexico

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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.


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

General guidelines for endorsement are listed below.

Renewals cost $93 and take place every two years. Click here to view the paper renewal form and here for Online License Renewal. You must complete 30 contact hours of continuing education.

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

New Mexico Board of Nursing

Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday excluding Holidays


6301 Indian School Road NE, Suite 710 Albuquerque, NM 87110

Phone number: 505.841.8340

Fax number: 505.841.8347

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