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About Travel Nursing Getting Started Nursing Licensure

Get What You Need to Get Going on Day One

NovaPro strives to make sure you are well prepared when it comes to proper licensure before you ever step foot in a hospital or healthcare facility to begin your first or next travel nursing assignment. Perhaps the most important item you’ll need to take care of is obtaining a valid license in the state of your next assignment.

It’s important to remember that different states can have different procedures when it comes to making sure you are licensed. This process can either be simple or it can be more time consuming depending on the state in which your next assignment is to take place. To make the process as stress-free as possible, map out a working timeframe of when all items are due and how much time you have to obtain a new license should you need one.

The Nurse Licensure Compact is one of the most helpful pieces of information you can learn about when it comes to licensure. Any travel nurse who obtains a license from a state that recognizes the Nurse Licensure Compact can then use that same license in all other states that recognize and honor the compact. Take this into consideration if you’re looking to use the same license over and over in all states were this arrangement is upheld – it can definitely make life easier as you travel the country with NovaPro.

To start things off nice and easy, we have listed the most recent contact information for each state below – so that you may see just what criteria are needed for valid licensure. Also included is an estimated timeframe in which you can expect to receive a license for each state, as well as listing to determine which states uphold the Nurse Licensure Compact and which state allow a paperless licensure process.

State Licensure Legend:
state = State Participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact
paperless = Paperless License State

 

Licensure Compact Implementation by State

State Website Phone Numbers Temp. License Permanent License
Alabama 800-656-5318
334-242-4360 (Fax)
14 Days 4-6 Weeks
Alaska 907-269-8161
907-269-8196 (Fax)
10 Days 6-8 Weeks
Arizona state 602-771-7800
602-771-7888 (Fax)
Walk-thru - 48 hours
(1-2 Weeks by mail)
2-3 Months
Arkansas state 501-682-2700
501-686-2714 (Fax)
3-4 Days 10 Weeks
Upon Completion of Backcheck
California 916-322-3350
916-574-7697 (Fax)
Same Day
If Walk-thru
(4-6 wks by mail)
6 Months
Colorado state 303-894-2430 or
303-894-2821
1-2 Weeks 3-4 Weeks
Connecticut 860-509-7603
860-509-8457 (Fax)
5 Days 10 Days
Delaware state 302-744-4500
302-739-2711 (Fax)
1 Week 2 Weeks
D. of Columbia 202-724-4900 Application 2 Weeks Prior to Walk-thru 3 Weeks
Upon Receipt of All Docs
Florida 850-245-4125
850-245-4172 (Fax)
NO TEMP LICENSE 30 Days
Georgia 478-207-2440
877-588-0446 (Fax)
NO TEMP LICENSE 10-15 Days
Upon Receipt of Verifications
Hawaii 808-586-3000 10-15 Days 10-15 Days
Upon Receipt of Verifications
Idaho state 208-334-3110
208-334-3262 (Fax)
Same Day
If Walk-thru
(2 Days if by mail)
6-8 Weeks
Illinois 217-785-0800
217-782-7645 (Fax)
14 Bus. Days
Upon Receipt of All Docs
2-4 Weeks
Indiana 317-234-2043
317-233-4236 (Fax)
A few Days, Can Walk-thru Same Day 4-5 Weeks
Upon Receipt of All Docs
Iowa state 515-281-3255
515-281-4825 (Fax)
5-10 Days
Upon Receipt of Docs
5-10 Days
Upon Receipt of All Completed Docs
Kansas 785-296-4929
785-296-3929 (Fax)
1 Week
Upon Receipt of Application
3-10 Days
Upon Receipt of Verifications
Kentucky state 502-429-3300
502-429-3311 (Fax)
10-14 Bus. Days 4-6 Weeks
Louisiana 225-755-7500
225-755-7584 (Fax)
Same Day
If Walk-thru
(10 Bus. Days by mail)
4-6 Weeks
Maine state paperless 207-287-1133
207-287-1149 (Fax)
7-14 Days 1 Week
Upon Receipt of Verifications
Maryland state paperless 410-585-1900
410-358-3530 (Fax)
Same Day
If Walk-thru
(2 weeks via mail)
4-6 Weeks
Massachusetts 617-973-0900
617-973-0984 (Fax)
NO TEMP LICENSE 4 Weeks
Upon Receipt of All Docs
Michigan 517-335-0918
517-373-2179 (Fax)
6-8 Weeks 6-8 Weeks
Minnesota 612-617-2270
612-617-2190 (Fax)
1-2 Days Varies
Upon Receipt of Verifications
Mississippi state 601-664-9309
601-664-9304 (Fax)
5 Days
Upon Receipt of All Docs
2-3 Weeks
Missouri 573-751-0681
573-751-0075 (Fax)
Same Day
If Walk-thru
2-3 Weeks
Upon Receipt of All Docs Completed
Montana 406-841-2340
406-841-2305 (Fax)
2-3 Days
Upon Receipt of Verifications
10 Days
Upon Receipt of All Docs
Nebraska state 402-471-4376
402-471-1066 (Fax)
Same Day
If Walk-thru
5-10 Days mail
Varies from 2 Weeks to 2 months
Upon Receipt of All Docs
Nevada 702-486-5800
702-486-5803 (Fax)
7 Days 7 Days
New Hampshire state paperless 603-271-2323
603-271-6605 (Fax)
8 Weeks
(dependent on when backcheck clears)
8 Weeks
(dependent on when backcheck clears)
New Jersey 973-504-6430 NO TEMP LICENSE 4-6 Weeks
New Mexico state 505-841-8340
505-841-8347 (Fax)
2 Weeks 2 Weeks
Upon Receipt of All Docs
New York 518-474-3817
518-474-3398 (Fax)
NO TEMP LICENSE 6 -8 Weeks
Upon Receipt of All Docs
North Carolina state paperless 919-782-3211
919-781-9461 (Fax)
2 Weeks
Upon Receipt of Application
6-8 Weeks
North Dakota state 701-328-9777
701-328-9785 (Fax)
2 Weeks 2 Weeks
Ohio 614-466-3947
614-466-0388 (Fax)
7-14 Days 2 Weeks
Oklahoma 405-962-1800
405-962-1821 (Fax)
14 Bus. Days 14 Bus. Days
Upon Receipt of All Docs
Oregon 971-673-0685
971-673-0684 (Fax)
NO TEMP LICENSE 3-4 Weeks
Upon Receipt of Verifications
Pennsylvania 717-783-7142
717-783-0822 (Fax)
7-10 Bus. Days
Upon reciept of Docs
6-8 Weeks
Upon Receipt of All Docs
Rhode Island state 401-222-5700
401-222-3352 (Fax)
Same Day
If Walk-thru
(1-4 Weeks via mail)
8 Weeks
South Carolina 803-896-4550
803-896-4512 (Fax)
Same Day
If Walk-thru
6-8 Weeks
South Dakota state 605-362-2760
605-362-2768 (Fax)
Same Day
If Walk-thru
3-6 Weeks
Tennessee state 615-741-8402
615-741-7899 (Fax)
4-6 Weeks 6-8 Weeks
Texas state 512-305-7400
512-305-7401 (Fax)
10 Bus. Days 10 Bus. Days
Upon Receipt of Verifications
Utah state 801-530-6628
801-530-6511 (Fax)
NO TEMP LICENSE 10 Days
Upon Receipt of All Docs
Vermont 802-828-2396 Same Day
If Walk-thru
3-4 Weeks
Upon Receipt of Verifications
Virginia state 804-367-4515
804-527-4455 (Fax)
3-5 Days 2-6 Weeks
Upon Receipt of Verifications
Washington 360-236-4700
360-236-4818 (Fax)
NO TEMP LICENSE 4-6 Weeks
West Virginia 304-558-3596
304-558-3666 (Fax)
3-5 Bus. Days 7-10 Days
Upon Receipt of All Docs
Wisconsin state 608-266-2112 5-6 Weeks 5-6 Weeks
Wyoming

307-777-7601
307-777-3519 (Fax)

7-10 Bus. Days
(Must Apply for Perm also)
2 Weeks
Upon Receipt of Verifications
Virgin Islands 340-776-7397
340-777-4003 (Fax)
NO TEMP LICENSE 3-5 Days
Upon Receipt of All Docs