Under the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), a Multistate Delaware license allows a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to care for patients in other eNLC states without having to obtain licensure in those states. A nurse who holds a Multistate license in an eNLC state such as Delaware but practices in one or more non-eNLC states must hold a license in each non-eNLC state.
Currently, Delaware does not have multistate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licenses. To practice as an APRN in Delaware, an APRN must hold a Delaware-issued APRN license regardless of whether he/she holds an APRN license in another eNLC.
The implementation date for the eNLC in Delaware is January 19, 2018. Not all states are eNLC states starting on that date. As of this writing, some are still Original Compact states, while others are Non-Compact states. Some of the eNLC states, like Delaware, were in the Original Compact while others were Non-Compact. A few states have eNLC legislation pending as of this writing. For the up-to-date compact status of each state, see NLC Member States.
Both Maryland and Delaware are eNLC states as of January 19, 2018. If you are a RN living in Maryland and you hold a Maryland Multistate license, you can practice in Delaware without obtaining a Delaware RN license. However, if you move from Maryland to Delaware, your Maryland Multistate license will become invalid – you must obtain a Delaware Multistate license within 90 days of establishing Delaware as your primary residence.
Can I have a license (RN or LPN) in Delaware and Maryland at the same time if my legal residence is in Pennsylvania?
Answer: Yes. Since Pennsylvania is not an eNLC state, you must obtain a license in each state where you practice. The Delaware license would have “Valid only in Delaware” printed on it.
Do I need a Delaware license (RN or LPN) if I’m moving to Delaware, but I’ll be working only in Maryland?
Answer: Your license must be issued by the state where you reside. Since your legal residence is Delaware, you need a Delaware Multistate license, not a Maryland license, to practice in Maryland. If you don’t qualify for a Delaware Multistate because you don’t meet all the ULRs, you would need a Maryland Single-State license to practice in Maryland.
Do I need a Delaware license (RN or LPN) if I’m moving to Delaware, but will be working only in Pennsylvania?
Answer: You would need a Pennsylvania license. Since Pennsylvania is not an eNLC state, you do not need a Delaware license of any kind unless you are practicing in Delaware or another eNLC state.
If I move to Delaware but I just renewed my Multistate license from another eNLC state, do I have to obtain a Delaware license right away or can I wait until my license needs to be renewed?
Answer: If you move from one eNLC state to another, you have 90 days from the time you establish residency in the new eNLC state to obtain a license in the new state. Continuing to work/practice beyond that 90-day limit constitutes practice without a license and is subject to disciplinary action by the Board of Nursing.
How do I obtain a Multistate license?
Answer: If you have an active Delaware single state RN or LPN license, and claim Delaware as your primary state of residence, you may apply for Multistate licensure status. Complete the Application to Upgrade to Multistate Licensure form.