Nursing Licensure Timeframes

One of the core requirements of a travel nursing job is having a current state license from the destination you wish to travel to. Nursing licensure timeframes vary from state-to-state, making it easier to obtain a nursing license from some states over others. This table below out lines which states accept compact licensure and which ones offer expedited walk-through licensure, as well as the standard time frame to obtain a nursing license from the state's board of nursing. You may want to bookmark this page or print it using the icon below as nursing licensure timeframes may change throughout the course of the year.

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State Compact Walk Through Time Frame
Alabama     2 weeks
^Alaska     2 weeks
^Arizona License issued 48-72hrs after walk through
Arkansas   10 days for new
^California     4-8 weeks
Colorado   4 weeks for new
Connecticut     2 weeks
Delaware   2 weeks for new
District of Columbia    
^Florida     4-6 weeks (1-2 weeks if fingerprinting are done in-state)
Georgia     4-6 weeks
Hawaii   Closed on Fridays
Idaho  
Illinois     4-6 weeks
Indiana   2-3 weeks
Iowa   2-6 weeks for new
Kansas   2 weeks
Kentucky*   2 weeks for new
Louisiana   Walk through is for temp license; 4-6 weeks otherwise
Maine*   2 weeks for new
Maryland*  
Massachusetts     4-6 weeks
Michigan     6-8 weeks
Minnesota     4-6 weeks
Mississippi  
Missouri  
Montana     1 week
Nebraska  
Nevada     6-9 weeks
New Hampshire*   2-8 weeks for new
New Jersey     4-6 weeks
New Mexico*   2 weeks for new
New York     6-8 weeks
North Carolina*   2 weeks for new
North Dakota   1 week for new
^Ohio*     4-6 weeks
Oklahoma     3-4 weeks
Oregon     3 weeks
^Pennsylvania     2-3 weeks
Rhode Island 4+ weeks for new
South Carolina 2 weeks via mail
South Dakota  
Tennessee   4-6 weeks for new
Texas*   2 weeks for new
Utah   3 weeks for new
Vermont    
Virginia   4 weeks for new
Washington*     4-5 weeks
West Virginia     1-2 weeks
Wisconsin   2 weeks for new
Wyoming     2-3 weeks

* Paperless
^ Special fingerprints or background check process

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