It’s an exciting time to be a nurse! As of January 19, 2018, Florida has become a compact state. This means that various eligible nurses will be able to work outside of their home state if their new state is within the Compact making travel nursing far less complicated than it had been previously.
What does that have to do with my fingerprint requirement?
Well, if you haven’t been fingerprinted within the last 3 months and wish to travel outside of Florida to practice, you’ll need a new set of live scan fingerprints. The Florida Board of Nursing’s Compact FAQ gives detailed answers about the new FAQ partnership. The details regarding the livescan fingerprint requirement are as follows:
“The Board of Nursing will accept Livescan fingerprints completed within the previous 90 days of applying for the upgrade. If you have not had your fingerprints done and sent to the Board in the last 90 days, you will need to be fingerprinted.”
Thanks to the new agreement, Florida nurses are able to apply for a multistate nursing license to travel to more than half the country to practice. If you live in South Florida, you can get your livescan fingerprints for the multistate license at Denson Protective Services, Corp located at
20451 NW 2ND AVENUE
MIAMI, FL 33169
Which States are Compact States?
The following states all participate in the Compact Agreement. At the time of this article, Florida, Mississippi, and Montana are new additions:
How do I know if I’m eligible?
Individuals who meet the following criteria are eligible for mutlistate nursing:
Applicants must have graduated from a board-approved education program OR from an international education program. If you’ve graduated from an international institution, their program must be approved by that country’s authorized accrediting body and verified through independent credentials review
Applicants must have previously passed the following exams: NCLEX-RN, NCLEX-PN, or a predecessor exam
Applicants must the licensure requirements for their home state
Applicants must Legally reside in an Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) state (see above)
If you meet the criteria above and live in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area call (305) 651-1727 to book your livescan appointment! Walk-ins are also welcome.