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License Compact Information

This is an information and resource page for the upcoming Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). New media and documents related to the compact will be posted here.


MULTISTATE LICENSURE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Q:  I have applied for a Multi-State license. When will it go into effect? 

A:  We have begun processing and issuing the Multistate License applications. The multistate licenses will be approved and issued as documentation and background checks are received. If your employment situation depends on your multistate license being issued quickly, please email the Board at RNMultistate@wv.gov and we will attempt to accommodate your situation. Please check the Verification page (link at the top of the page) to see if your multistate has been issued.


Q:  What is the process for an existing RN in WV to apply for the Compact License? 

A:  The process to convert from a single state license to a multistate license if your primary state of residence is WV begins by completing the application at wvrnboard.wv.gov/licensing and selecting the RN Multistate Conversion Form. The process is outlined in the flowchart document. The cost of the multistate conversion application is $7.16.


Q:  Am I required to get a multistate license if I live in West Virginia and work out of state?

A:  There is no legal requirement in West Virginia, nor are there any provisions in the eNLC Compact that require an individual living in West Virginia and working out-of-state to obtain a West Virginia multistate license. However, laws and rules in other states may differ, and other states may have different requirements. Check with the Nursing Boards in the states in which you are employed to determine their individual requirements.. 


Q:  Do I need to complete a new background check and obtain fingerprints if I am applying to convert my WV single state license to a multistate license since I previously completed fingerprints with my background check for my single state license? 

A:  Yes, a recent criminal background check and fingerprinting is required.


Q:  I just recently had a background check performed for another license. Can I use that background check for my multistate license?

A:  No. The background check must be done at the time of the application, and it is the only purpose for which it will be able to be used.


Q:  If I live in a neighboring state who is a member of the Compact and work in West Virginia, do I need to keep my single-state West Virginia license? 

A:  If you receive a multi-state license in your home state then your West Virginia license will automatically be deactivated and you will work in West Virginia on your multistate license.


Q:  If I obtain a West Virginia multistate license and then move to another state, what happens?

A:  If West Virginia is no longer your Primary State of Residence then your multistate license will be automatically downgraded to a single-state license. If you are working in another state then you will need to obtain licensure for that state. Check with the Nursing Board of your new home state and your employment state(s) to determine what kind of licensure you will need.


Q:  I am an Advanced Practice nurse in a neighboring Compact state. Can I work as an APRN in West Virginia?

A:  No. APRN licenses are not part of the compact and do not cross state lines. You may work as an RN in West Virginia, but to work as an APRN you will need to obtain a West Virginia APRN license. Please contact APRN@wv.gov for more information.


Q:  I hold a West Virginia multistate license and I am also an APRN in West Virginia. Can I work in an neighboring compact state as an APRN? 

A:  No. APRN licenses are not part of the compact. Check with the RN Board in the state you will be working to determine their process for APRN licensure.


Q:  How will I know if my multistate license has been issued? Can I check the status of my application? 

A:  Yes. To check the status of your pending application, go to the Multistate License Conversion Form and select Check Application Status (or just click here).  After your background check has been received and your application has been processed, check our Verification page to see if your multistate license has been issued. If so, the verification page will indicate whether it is Single State or Multistate. Soon afterward, you should receive a new license card in the mail.


Q:  I'm currently a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in another eNLC state and recently accepted employment in West Virginia for an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse position. Does West Virginia becoming a compact state affect me and what exactly is the process of going about obtaining West Virginia APRN licensure? 

A:  Pursuant to WV Code 30-7-1 et seq. and 19-07 certified nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, certified nurse anesthetists and certified nurse practitioners in West Virginia must be licensed as registered nurses and advanced practice register nurses to practice in West Virginia.  
Advanced practice registered nurse license are not part of the eNLC compact in West Virginia and APRN licenses do not cross state lines. You may work as a registered nurse only in West Virginia if you have an active multistate RN license from another eNLC state but to work West Virginia as a certified advanced practice registered nurse you will need an active RN license and West Virginia APRN license. APRN initial license information can be found on the WV RN Board website at www.wvrnboard.wv.gov under the forms and applications tab. Please contact APRN@wv.gov  for more APRN license information.


Q:  I am a WV resident RN who wants to apply for an eNLC license in WV because I plan to take a travel nursing assignment in another eNLC compact state and that state does not offer the livescan fingerprinting. How can I avoid traveling back to WV to obtain live scan fingerprinting? 

A:  Attached is the information from the Identogo website (click here). If you have any questions related to this procedure, call their customer service number on the linked document.


Q:  My fingerprint scans were rejected twice - how can I submit my fingerprints manually?

A:  If an applicant receives the double-rejection letter they need to forward the letter to the Board office at this address:
WV Board of Registered Nurses
90 MacCorkle Ave, S.W., Suite 203
South Charleston, WV 25303
Attention: Criminal Background Checks




Multistate licenses will not be issued prior to January 19, 2018. We will begin processing Multistate conversion applications on that date.




An applicant for a West Virginia multistate license must meet the following criteria:

  • West Virginia must be your Primary State of Residency
  • Has graduated from a Board-approved education program
  • Has passed English proficiency exam, if graduated from an international education program
  • Has passed NCLEX
  • Is eligible for or holds active unencumbered license
  • Has submitted to state and federal fingerprint-based criminal background checks
  • Has no state or federal felony convictions
  • Has no misdemeanor convictions related to the practice of nursing (determined on a case-by-case basis)
  • Is not currently in an alternative program
  • Is required to self-disclose current participation in an alternative program
  • Has a valid United States Social Security number