Board of Nursing: Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) for Colorado


Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) Information

Colorado entered into the new Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) with the adoption of Senate Bill 18-027. The eNLC increases access to care while maintaining public protection at the state level. Under the eNLC, nurses are able to provide care to patients in other eNLC states, without having to obtain additional licenses.

For additional information, please view our eNLC General FAQ. The Nursys website will help you determine in which states you may practice. Information also is available via the eNLC.


Temporary Permits for Pending Applicants

The Division of Professions and Occupations and the Colorado Board of Nursing want to update you on the progress we have made regarding pending applications. 

The Board will issue temporary permits to those applicants who qualify for licensure, other than a pending fingerprint background check with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Prior to issuance of the temporary permit, the applicant must attest to the full disclosure of his or her criminal history on the application for licensure. The attestation form below must be completed and signed by the applicant, scanned and emailed to dora_dpo_nursing_affidavit@state.co.us prior to issuance of the temporary permit.

The temporary permit will be issued for a term of 180 days. The temporary permit allows the holder to practice practical or professional nursing under the supervision of a Colorado licensed professional nurse only within the state of Colorado. For the purposes of this temporary permit, being under the supervision of a professional nurse is defined as practicing under the general guidance of a professional nurse who is accessible and located within the same facility. Once the fingerprint background check is processed, all qualified applicants will be issued a license and the Board will expire the permit.

The permit will expire after 180 days for those permit holders who were not granted a license to practice nursing. Upon the expiration of the permit, the permit holder must immediately cease practice until such time as the Board grants a license to practice nursing to the permit holder. Any continued practice after the expiration of the permit could result in denial of the license.

This means all permit holders must ensure the timely submission of their fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. The FBI has approved Colorado's fingerprint background checks and the CBI is now ready to accept fingerprint submissions. Timely submission of your fingerprints is the key to ensuring your license application is processed prior to the expiration of the permit.

Next Steps

Once the form is received, your application will be processed. We appreciate your patience during this process. If you have questions, please contact us via email at dora_dpo_licensing@state.co.us.


eNLC Employer Update Webinar

On February 7, 2018, the Board of Nursing held a webinar to inform employers about the temporary permits currently being issued for qualified nursing applicants.  


eNLC Fingerprint Background Check Instructions

Download eNLC Fingerprint Background Check Instructions

Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is Accepting Fingerprints

  • The FBI has approved Colorado's fingerprint background checks and CBI is now ready to accept fingerprint submissions.
  • The Board of Nursing will continue to issue temporary permits until we are assured the process is proceeding appropriately.

Nurses are Encouraged to Submit Fingerprints

  • The Board of Nursing has notified all affected nurses and applicants and will continue to remind them of the fingerprint submission requirement.
  • We encourage nurses to submit their fingerprints as soon as possible.
  • The fingerprint background check requirement does not apply to nurses licensed prior to July 21, 2017 as long as the nurse does not allow the license to expire.
  • Please review and share the Fingerprint Background Check Instructions.

Results Will Be Sent to DORA

  • Once the CBI and FBI have completed processing the fingerprint background check, the results will be sent to our office.
  • We are unsure how long the processing will take; however, we will begin approving multi-state licenses when we receive and review the background check results.