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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.


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

You may apply for your initial license online. The Virginia Board does not accept paper applications. Below are some general requirements

Renewals take place every two years

Continuing Competency

The following is a list of general requirements for continuing competency:

You will be exempt from competency requirements for your first renewal. Maintain documents proving your participation in a continuing education program for at least two years. For more information on continuing education, down load the Regulations Governing the Practice of Nursing and click on Continuing competency requirements for renewal of an active license in the table of contents.

This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

Web Address:

Virginia Department of Health Professions Perimeter Center 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 Henrico, Virginia 23233-1463 - Directions

Office Hours are from Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays

Phone: (804) 367-4400

Fax: (804) 527-4475


Click here for Virginia Board of Nursing FAQs.

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