Obtaining Your Travel Nursing License

General Nurse Licensing Information:

As a Travel Nurse, obtaining your RN licensure in multiple states opens up many new opportunities for work and adventure. Thinking ahead of where you want to work and being proactive in obtaining your nursing license is an investment that will pay you back many times over. States with the higher paying assignments, like California and New York, can take more than a month to process your application.

Fastaff offers specific licensing programs to help nurses become licensed in states that they are not licensed in but willing to take a travel assignment in.  Our programs help nurses, both financially and in saving time, to receive their state nursing license. Be proactive and reach out to your recruiter to see what kinds of jobs you might be missing out on because you don't have an RN (registered nursing) license for that state.


Fastaff wants you to have the option of working in any state across the U.S.!  If you apply for a NEW state license and it is issued within 30 days of starting a Fastaff assignment in that same state – we will reimburse your endorsement fees*!

*Fastaff does not reimburse expenses such as transcripts, CEU’s or associated license verifications. Note Fastaff does not process licenses.  However, if you have questions how to become licensed in a specific state please visit our page on Licensing

Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States

The Nurse Licensure Compact allows any nurse who resides in one of the 24 participating compact states to practice nursing in any of the states forming the compact state alliance. In order to work in a compact state, a nurse must have proof of residence in a compact state in the form of a government issued ID showing an actual street address (current driver's license) as well as a current, active RN license in said state. This nurse does not need to obtain licensure in any of the other participating compact states. States participating in the NLC include:

Arizona New Hampshire
Arkansas New Mexico
Colorado North Carolina
Delaware North Dakota
Idaho Rhode Island
Iowa South Carolina
Kentucky South Dakota
Maine Tennessee
Maryland Texas
Mississippi Utah
Missouri Virginia
Montana Wisconsin

Walk-Through States

Walk-through states allow a nurse to be issued a temporary state nursing license within one hour to one day's time. This temporary travel nursing license is used to practice nursing while awaiting permanent licensure to be processed. These temporary licenses obtained in walk-through states are usually valid for 30 days to six months depending on the state issuing the license. The following states allow licensure through "walk-through".

Arizona Missouri
Idaho New York (For reinstatements only)
Illinois South Carolina

Other States (Licensure By Endorsement)

These states have various requirements and are neither a Compact nor a Walk-Through state.

Alabama Nevada
Alaska New Jersey
California Ohio
Connecticut Oklahoma
Florida Oregon
Georgia Pennsylvania
Hawaii Vermont
Indiana Washington
Kansas Washington D.C.
Massachusetts West Virginia
Michigan Wyoming