Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Implementation update
Phase 1 of NLC implementation begins July 24, 2023.
- This will allow nurses with an active RN or LPN multistate license (MSL) from another state to practice in Washington state.
If you are a nurse with a MLS and are moving to Washington state as your primary state of residency (PSOR or “home state”), you must apply for a Washington state “single state” license until Phase 2.
For more information about Phase 1 and Phase 2:
RN & LPN Information:
- We haven't begun issuing Washington state multistate licenses. This will start during Phase 2.
- If you have a current Washington state RN or LPN license, you will be able to convert to a MSL during Phase 2.
- The NLC is only available for RN and LPN licenses. (An ARNP Licensure Compact may be available in the future.)
- If you have a Washington state ARNP license and an active MSL RN license in another state:
- You won't need to renew your Washington state RN license after July 24, 2023.
- You must notify us of this transition when you renew your ARNP license by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. (You can't do this via the online renewal portal, you must email us.)
- For questions relating to the NLC implementation please email email@example.com.