Board of Nursing: Nurse Licensure Compact for Colorado
On July 1, 2006, Senate Bill 06-020 became law, allowing the State Board of Nursing to enter into a multi-state nurse licensure compact. The bill establishes relationships between participating states in the areas of licensure, discipline, and information sharing. Colorado's Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) became effective on October 1, 2007.
The NLC is an agreement between states to recognize each other's licensees. This model of mutual recognition was developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to facilitate interstate practice and regulation, allowing a nurse to have one license issued by his or her state of residence and to practice in other states participating in the NLC. The nurse is subject to each state's practice laws and discipline, but does not have to meet separate licensure eligibility requirements for each state.
Twenty-five (25) states belong to the NLC: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The NLC includes RN and LPN licensure only. LPN IV Authority, Advanced Practice, and Prescriptive Authorization must be obtained in each state of practice.
- Nurse Licensure Compact FAQs
- NLC 30/90 Day Implementation Table
- NLC Model Rules & Regulations for RNs and LPNs/VNs
- Important Information for Employers of Nurses in Colorado
- Colorado State Board of Nursing Chapter 20 Rules and Regulations for Multistate Nurse Licensure
- Declaration of Primary State of Residence Form
(Please note that this is not an application for licensure. Complete this form only if you are currently licensed as an RN or LPN in Colorado and you need to update your primary state of residence.)