State by State RN Licensing Time-Frame Guide

State by State RN Licensing Time-Frame Guide

When you are contemplating a Travel Nurse position in a state that you are not currently licensed, timing is often an issue.  The following visual RN licensing guide provided by: Steven Wolfe of AdvantageRN will give you a general idea if you have time to license before the contract starts.

The States highlighted in yellow are ‘Compact’ states.  Walk-through states allow a nurse to obtain a temporary license issued in as little as one day’s time.  A temporary license is used to practice while pending a permanent license.  Temporary licenses are generally valid from 30-90 days.  Check with each state to determine specific requirements.

Licensing TimeFrame
[hr] Disclaimer: Please check with the Specific Nursing Board website to verify this information as timing and requirements changes frequently.  This listing is intended to be a tool and should not be used in place of the current Nusing board information.[hr]
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As a travel nursing educator, Candy aka Gypsy Nurse, RN has worked in healthcare for nearly 20 years, working up the ranks from CNA to LPN to RN. For the past nine years, she’s worked as a travel nurse, allowing her to practice and live in 15 states throughout the U.S. She regularly shares advice for those interested in travel nurse jobs on her website at:

4 Responses to State by State RN Licensing Time-Frame Guide

  1. Sherylen Patterson says:

    CA is no longer a walk through state

    Audry sent me the link re: the Birthplace Mgr. Is this a perm position only, or would they consider an interim mgr? What size is the unit? How many births do they do a year?

    • TheGypsyNurse says:

      THanks for the update on CA!

      I don’t know anything about a message from Audry? The Gypsy Nurse does not provide jobs, it provides resources for travelers to be successful and connect with other travelers. Sorry I can’t help with this…

  2. Donya says:

    You can get a hawaii license in the same day…if u have your employer fill out a verification of employment…took me 10 minutes at the board to get my temp license…

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