Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners

Louisiana enacted the Nurse Licensure Compact on May 31, 2018.

Implementation date has been set for July 1, 2019.

LPNs licensed in Louisiana hold single state licenses and are not authorized to practice in any other state by virtue of their Louisiana single state license. In order to begin the process to change the license to a multistate license, the LPN must meet all requirements by the NLC and reside in the state of Louisiana.

Once the LPN determines they are eligible, the LPN must:

  1. Apply for the multistate license by completing and submitting the Multistate Conversion Application on their Nurse Portal.
  2. Apply for a federal background check. Information and forms for a criminal background check can be found on our website.  Follow the directions as outlined on the website and print all forms needed for obtaining the background check. Please note that the multistate license process will take several weeks to complete as the results of the FBI background check must be received before final approval of the Multistate Conversion application can be determined.


Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC)

The licensure compact, or NLC, is the licensure model that allows registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to have one multistate license, with the privilege to practice in the home state and in other NLC states physically, electronically, and/or telephonically.  Louisiana is now a compact state and will be accepting applications from Louisiana LPNs as of July 1, 2019.

For more information on the transitioning of a single state license to a compact state license, you may wish to register for a seminar given by the NLC.

Our state has passed a law to become a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). Please take a moment to read the information below about how licensure is changing in our state and what you need to do to prepare for this.


 Here is what you need to know:

  • Your single state license does not automatically become a multistate license.
  • It is not mandatory for you to apply for a multistate license.
  • The multistate license allows you to practice physically, electronically and/or telephonically in our state and other states that are members of the NLC.
  • Those who currently hold a Louisiana nursing license and want a multistate license must apply for one through the Nurse Portal after July 1,2019.
  • On the application for a multistate license, you will be required to declare your state of residency. This is the state you consider to be your home and where you pay taxes.
  • There are additional requirements for a multistate license. These are called “Uniform Licensure Requirements" (NLC_ULRs).  If you do not meet all the ULRs, you will retain your single state license. If you need to practice across a state border, you can do so by applying for a single state license in that state (or using an active license that has been issued to you by that state.)
  • If you practice in other NLC states on your multistate license, you must adhere to the laws and regulations of the state you are practicing in.
  • If you need to practice in a state that is not a member of the NLC, you need a single state license issued from that state regardless of whether you hold a multistate license.
  • If you are uncertain about whether you need a license to care for a patient - remember, your practice takes place where the patient is located. If the patient is located in another state, you need to be licensed to practice in that state.


If you need more information:

  • The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has a website that will provide you with the details you need to know about this new and exciting change for licensure in your state.
  • On the website, there are numerous resources available for your use, including written information, videos and infographics.
  • The website will also lead you to our state board of nursing website that has state-specific information on it.


Uniform Licensure Requirements for a Multistate License (ULRs):