As a travel nurse, you’ll obtain many different state licenses throughout your career. Some states are much easier to get licensure in than others, so you’ll want to plan ahead for assignments. Talk with your recruiter to create a game plan of where and when you’ll want to travel to different states.
According to the IRS publication 529: "You can deduct the amount you pay each year to state or local governments for licenses and regulatory fees for your trade, business, or profession."
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Nurse Licensure Compact States
A Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) state is a participating state in the compact state alliance, allowing any nurse who resides in one to practice in the 24 states. To be eligible for this, you must have proof of residency in one of the compact states as well as a current, active RN license in that state.
A Walk-Through state is one that will issue a temporary license to any nurse within one day while waiting for a permanent license. These temporary licenses can be valid anywhere from 30 days to six months.
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Information on Other States
- Alaska: Average processing time is currently taking 4-6 weeks.
- California: Average processing time is taking 3-6 months currently.
- Washington DC: Average processing time is taking 30 – 45 days currently.