Travel Nursing Licensure: What States Can I Travel to as a Travel Nurse?

March 13th, 2018 | Posted by bbarr in Licensure Information, Travel Nursing

If you’ve decided to venture into the world of travel nursing, you may be wondering which licensure you should obtain/apply for based on your desired location, especially if you’re a first-timer. Licensure can be confusing, overwhelming and at times a daunting task but with knowledge comes power & with the help of a tenured recruiter & these licensure tips, your bags will packed & ready to go in no time!

Enhanced Compact Licensure:

The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) was established in 2000 to simplify the licensing process across state lines for registered nurses and licensed practical or vocational nurses. But, as of January 19th, 2018 the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) was implemented allowing nurses with eNLC multistate licenses to begin practicing in eNLC states without having to obtain additional licenses.

This is an exciting benefit for nursing professionals, particularly those in travel nursing. The eNCL provisions enhance patient safety, increase access to care for patients & opens new doors to nurses interested in expanding their career into travel nursing!

Current Compact States for Travel Nursing Licensure:

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

Take advantage of the Enhanced Compact Licensure and expand your work opportunities, particularly if you are interested in travel nursing.

Walk-Through States:

The easiest travel nursing licensure is obtained in Walk-Through States. Walk-through states allow nurses to apply for & obtain a temporary state license either that day or within 48 hours. Applying for licensure in walk-through states is a great way for travel nurses to gain nursing experience while checking off their bucket list.

Current Walk-Through States for Travel Nursing Licensure:

  • Arizona
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • Missouri
  • South Carolina

Plan Ahead States:

Plan Ahead States is a category of states that require nurses to be licensed prior to submitting and can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months to obtain licensure. If you’re interested in the following plan ahead states, chat with your recruiter to help expedite the process.

Current Plan Ahead States for Travel Nursing Licensure:

  • California
  • Georgia (for winter season)
  • Oregon
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • Florida (for winter season)
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia

Whether you are a first-time travel nurse or a seasoned traveler looking for your next adventure and have questions about licensure, we’d love to speak with you! The perfect travel assignment is closer than you think! Visit or call 866.581.5038

Quick Licensure Tips:

Check out this licensure map to help guide you to the state of your choice.


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