West Virgina

Welcome to the Mountain 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.


Licenses expire yearly on the 31st of October. You will need to complete an online renewal form or print and mail a renewal form. Submit your completed renewal form with fee ($75).

Continuing Competency

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This state requires nurses to hold current ACLS certification.

Contact Information

West Virginia Board of Examiners

for Registered Professional Nurses

101 Dee Drive, Suite 102 Charleston, WV 25311-1620

Phone: (304) 558-3596


Fax: (304) 558-3666

Web Address: www.wvrnboard.com

Email: rnboard@wv.gov

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