South Dakota

Welcome to the Mount Rushmore 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.


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

You may renew your license online for a fee of $90. You must verify that you have worked either 140 hours in the last 12 months or 480 hours in the last six years as a registered nurse.

South Dakota does not have a continuing education requirement for renewal. If you cannot demonstrate the minimum work requirement, then you will have to take an 80 hour refresher course.

Click here to view the licensure and renewal page. Foreign educated nurses can click here for more information.

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

South Dakota Board of Nursing


4305 South Louise Ave., Suite 201 Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3115

Phone number: 605.362.2760

Fax number: 605.362.2768


Click here to view South Dakota Nursing Board’s FAQ page.

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