Nursing Licensure Requirements by State

Rutgers School of Nursing prepares students for professional licensure in the state of New Jersey and fulfills the requirements of all 50 states. Licensure requires successful degree completion and passing of the NCLEX exam. The application process requires — depending on the state — submission of an application form, passport style photos, birth certificate or U.S. passport, name change documents (if applicable), immigration documents (if applicable), and criminal history background check.

New Jersey was a member of the original Nursing Licensure Compact (NLC),  and has enacted  new legislation to join the Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC). New Jersey is considered to have “partially implemented” the eNLC in that nurses who hold active, unencumbered, multi-state licenses issued by members of the eNLC may practice in this state under their multi-state licenses. Nurses who are New Jersey residents will be able to apply for a multistate license once the eNLC is implemented in 2021. The exact date is not yet known. If you wish to receive email updates, you may subscribe at

The eNLC allows for registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in person or via telehealth in both their home state and other eNLC states.

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