North Dakota

Welcome to the Peace Garden 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.


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

Click hereto view the North Carolina Board of Nursing Endorsement Page.

Renewals occur every two years on the last day of your birth month and cost $100. Click hereto go to the Board’sRenewal Requirements page. Click hereto go to the online renewal application.

For foreign educated nurses please see the page for Internationally Educated Applicants.

Continuing Competency

You must complete one of the following continuing competency activities to renew your license:

To view other options, click hereto go to the Continuing Competency Requirements page.

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

Web Address:

Physical Address

North Carolina Board of Nursing 4516 Lake Boone Trail Raleigh, NC 27607

Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Mail Correspondence

North Carolina Board of Nursing Post Office Box 2129 Raleigh, North Carolina 27602-2129

Phone number: (919) 782-3211

Fax Number: (919) 781-9461

Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday


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