For the purpose of the Compact:

(1)           A nurse applying for a license in a home state shall produce evidence of the nurse’s primary state of residence.  Such evidence shall include a declaration signed by the licensee attesting to the licensee's primary state of residence.  Further evidence that may be requested includes, but is not limited to:

(a)           Driver's license with a home address;

(b)           Voter registration card displaying a home address;

(c)           Federal income tax return declaring the primary state of residence;

(d)           Military Form No. 2058 – state of legal residence certificate; or

(e)           W2 from US Government or any bureau, division or agency thereof indicating the declared state of residence.

(2)           A nurse changing primary state of residence, from one party state to another party state, may continue to practice under the former home state license and multistate licensure privilege during the processing of the nurse's licensure application in the new home state for a period not to exceed 90 days.

(3)           The licensure application in the new home state of a nurse under pending investigation by the former home state shall be held in abeyance.  The 90-day period in Item (2) of this Rule shall be stayed until resolution of the pending investigation.

(4)           The former home state license shall no longer be valid upon the issuance of a new home state license.

(5)           If a decision denying licensure is made by the new home state, the new home state shall notify the former home state within 10 business days and the former home state may take action in accordance with that state's laws and rules.

(6)           No individual shall be issued a multistate licensure privilege unless the applicant provides evidence of successful completion of the licensing examination developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.

(7)           A nurse on a visa from another country applying for licensure in a party state may declare either the country of origin or the party state as the primary state of residence.  If the foreign country is declared the primary state of residence, a single state license will be issued by the party state.

(8)           A license issued by a party state is valid for practice in all other party states unless clearly designated as valid only in the state which issued the license.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 90-171.82(6); 90-171.83(a)(b); 90-171.85(b); 90-171.87(4);

Eff. July 1, 2000;

Amended Eff. November 1, 2013; July 1, 2012; July 1, 2005.