Welcome to the Volunteer 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, 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.
Tennessee is a compact state. If you are moving to Tennessee 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 Tennessee. General instructions are listed below.
Completed, notarized application with $115 fee
Graduation from an approved nursing program
Satisfactory NCLEX or SBTPE scores
Passport style photo
Copy of your diploma or transcript from your nursing program
Verification of licensure using the verification form in the application or www.nursys.com if your original state participates in Nursys
Nursys verification fee is $30. Complete the license verification form included in the packet only if your state does not participate in the Nursys system. Contact your state for applicable fees.
Criminal background check
Proof of lawful presence in the US
All applicants must complete and submit a notarized Declaration of Citizenship form.
Licences must be renewed every two years. You can do it online through here. Cost of renewal is $100.
Foreign educated nurses must provide a Professional Report from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing School (CGFNS) or an official school transcript.
Click here for details on continuing competency.
665 Mainstream Drive Nashville, TN 37243
Phone number: 615.532.5166
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