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The new WA multistate license (MSL) application is now open!

Nurses whose primary state of residence (PSOR) is Washington can now apply to upgrade to a multistate license (MSL).

MSL upgrade information:

  • If you have a Washington single-state license, it won’t change. If you want a multistate license, you must apply for an MSL upgradeThis process is not the same as renewing your license. 
  • MSL upgrade fee: $65.
  • Your license number won't change when upgrading to an MSL.
  • You must meet all Uniform Multistate License Requirements.
  • You must complete an FBI background check as part the application process. (We will email you instructions after you apply.)
  • We expect the MSL application review process to take 2 to 3 weeks.
  • You still must pay your annual renewal fee to maintain an active license in Washington state.

      Upgrade to an MSL

Washington MSL information:

Nurses new to Washington state can also apply for a Washington MSL. This includes:

  • Nurses moving and changing their PSOR to Washington state.
  • Nurses who have recently completed their nursing education program and are getting their first Washington state license.

      Apply for an MSL


Benefits of a WA multistate license:

  • Access to Care: Expands access to nursing services across the country, including underserved communities.
  • Telehealth: Provide telehealth services without having to get additional licenses.
  • Disaster & Pandemic Relief: Immediately cross state borders to provide vital services.
  • Military Families: Military spouses seamlessly continue working without having to get a new license.
  • Online Education: Reduces educators’ need for multiple licenses.
  • Cost Effective: Makes practicing across state borders affordable and convenient.
  • Flexibility: Choose a single or multistate license based on interests and eligibility.

Have questions about applying for or upgrading to a multistate license?

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