Can I take the Nclex in Florida?

  1. Hi there
    I am currently going to a nursing program in California and will be graduating in May 2018. I am moving to Florida in the summer of 2018. Does anybody know anything about eNLC, compact and non- compact states? I have a vague understanding that Florida is a compact state, where you can apply for a multistate license that can be used within other compact states. In contrast, California is not a compact state.

    So where should I take the Nclex Exam? Should I wait till I move and claim Florida as my residence? And if I do, will I still have to apply for a multi-state license in Florida?.... I could take NCLEX in California and get a single state license... but why do that if I don't plan on working here right? And even then, I'd still have to get a license in Florida wouldnt I?
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  3. by   meanmaryjean
    You should get your license where you are going to work. California is (from what I read here) a nightmare in terms of a timeline to NCLEX. Take NCLEX for FL and save yourself time and money.
  4. by   Scottishtape
    I agree with MMJ. Wait and take it down here.

    To answer your other question: When you apply for your license down here, you will need to specify that you want a multi-state license. Us being a compact state is a new thing. I think it kicks in sometime in January 2018, so it's a new process. The letter I got about it stated if you want a multi-state, that's what you apply for. If you don't, you're issued a single state license.

    Good luck!
  5. by   chare
    While FL is a member of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), the eNLC has not been implemented, and won't be until 20 Jan, 2018. When Scottishtape wrote regarding the requirement to request a multi-state license; this appears to be a requirement for those with a current FL license as I received a similar letter from the WV BON as well. If the eNLC functions as the current NLC, whether your license is either single-state or multi-state will be based upon which state your residency is based upon. What this would mean is that, when you receive your FL license, and are still a resident of CA, it would be a single-state license only. When you relocate to FL and update your licensing information with the FL BON, it should automatically convert to a multi-state license.
    Quote from Scottishtape
    I agree with MMJ. Wait and take it down here.
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    To clarify this statement: You can apply for licensure in FL, while still living in CA. And, can actually write the NCLEX at any authorized testing center.
  6. by   PJishere
    thanks! I appreciate for taking the time to answer!
  7. by   PJishere
    thanks for answering! I saw that it is fairly new. I think the timing is great, considering Ill be moving there by the time it takes effect.
  8. by   PJishere
    Quote from chare
    While FL is a member of the enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC), the eNLC has not been implemented, and won't be until 20 Jan, 2018. When Scottishtape wrote regarding the requirement to request a multi-state license; this appears to be a requirement for those with a current FL license as I received a similar letter from the WV BON as well. If the eNLC functions as the current NLC, whether your license is either single-state or multi-state will be based upon which state your residency is based upon. What this would mean is that, when you receive your FL license, and are still a resident of CA, it would be a single-state license only. When you relocate to FL and update your licensing information with the FL BON, it should automatically convert to a multi-state license.

    To clarify this statement: You can apply for licensure in FL, while still living in CA. And, can actually write the NCLEX at any authorized testing center.

    So I can still take the NCLEX test here and still get a single state license. Will I have to take another test in Florida, or can I just simply apply for the multi-state license in Florida as soon as I claim Florida as my residency? Do you know how long the process is to obtain a license in Florida? I should also mention I plan on continuing to get my BRN in Florida, I have two schools in mind but haven't delved into their requirements yet. Right now, its sounding like it's less hassle to take the test and apply for a license in Florida. Although, it'd be nice to have a RN license in my home state California.
  9. by   chare
    Yes, you can attend school in CA, apply for licensure in FL, and actually write the NCLEX at a third location, anywhere in the world, at any authorized testing center. And, once you have completed and passed the NCLEX you never need to take it again. If you later want to be licensed in another state, you apply for licensure by endorsement.

    As to your license becoming a multi-state license, I am unsure how that will work. However, if it works similar to the current NLC, this should happen automatically.
    Last edit by chare on Dec 13, '17 : Reason: Spelling

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