Obtaining Your Travel Nursing License

General Nurse Licensing Information:

As a travel nurse, obtaining RN licenses in multiple states can open up new opportunities for fulfilling assignments and higher pay rates. Maintaining multiple state nursing licenses is an investment that will give you expansive choices when you are looking for your next travel nurse assignment. States with the highest-paying assignments, like California and New York, can take more than a month to process your application, so the sooner you start the process, the faster you can earn the pay you deserve.

Fastaff is committed to fueling your ambition and we offer licensing programs to help nurses become licensed in states they are not currently licensed in. Our team is well-versed in the various nurse licensing systems and can help guide you through the process.

If you’re interested in learning more, recruiters are standing by to answer your questions.
Call 1-800-736-8773.

Licensing Program Qualifications:

Fastaff wants you to have the option of working in any state across the U.S. If you apply for a new or renewed state license, and accept and complete a Fastaff assignment in that same state, we will reimburse your fees*.

To learn more about the qualifications, processing time and necessary information associated with specific state nurse licensing, click on the state below.

*Please Note: Fastaff does not reimburse expenses such as transcripts, CEUs or associated license verifications. Fastaff does not process licenses.

Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) States

The Nurse Licensure Compact allows any nurse who resides in one of the 25 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 as well as a current, active RN license in said state. The nurse does not need to obtain licensure in any of the other participating compact states. For detailed information about the NLC, click here.

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
Nebraska  

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. The 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 are considered walk-through states:

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

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
Minnesota