eNLC Implementation: What Nurses Need to Know

November 27, 2017

On January 19, 2018, the new  Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) program will be implemented. This program will provide nurses the opportunity to accept jobs in states where they were not previously licensed, without having to acquire additional state specific licenses. Under the eNLC, any nurse who has a NLC license issued before July 20, 2017 will be grandfathered into an eNLC license if their state is becoming an eNLC state.

eNLC States

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Florida (new)
  • Georgia (new)
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota   
  • Oklahoma (new)
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia (new)
  • Wyoming (new)
  • Wisconsin

There are still three Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) states that have not joined the eNLC. Colorado, New Mexico  and Rhode Island can still join the eNLC. However, if they don’t, nurses with compact licenses in these three states will only be allowed to practice in those states. Check your state’s Board of Nursing website for more information.  

Although the eNLC license will not take effect until January 19, 2018, nurses are encouraged to review their eligibility for an eNLC license before then. If you are currently on an assignment that will extend beyond January 18, you may need to acquire a single state license to continue your assignment. 

Contact your state’s Board of Nursing for more information about how this new licensure will affect you.