Announcement: New NLC Rule

Starting Jan 2, 2024, a new NLC rule will be in effect. Nurses relocating to another compact state have 60 days from the time they move to apply for a new license by endorsement in a new primary state of residence. The new rule (effective beginning January 2, 2024) reads:

402(2) A multistate licensee who changes primary state of residence to another party state shall apply for a multistate license in the new party state within 60 days.

Helpful FAQs and a brief video about the new rule are available on the NCSBN website.
Nurses can enroll in Nursys eNotify to receive notifications related to license renewals.
For more information, visit the NLC website or email

About the Nurse Licensure Compact

Iowa is a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact. The Nurse Licensure Compact is an interstate practice agreement for LPNs and RNs. This increases access to care and allows nurses to practice in participating jurisdictions on a multistate license. 

  • Note: You MUST apply for licensure in your primary state of residence to be eligible for a multistate license. Your primary state of residence is where you hold a driver’s license, vote, and pay taxes. 


You can view the list of compact states on the Nurse Licensure Compact website.

The National Council for State Boards of Nursing webpage also has a fact sheet and additional resources regarding the Nurse Licensure Compact.