I have a question about the license compact system.
The state that I'm currently licensed in, GA, is not a compact state.
If I get a license by endorsement in a state that is a compact state (for example, North Carolina), can I then use the fact that I have a compact state license to apply for jobs in all the other compact state?
I am currently in the middle of a nation-wide job search, and I think being licensed in a compact state would make me more marketable in all other compact states because then you have the 30 day window if you're hired in another compact state other than your home state that you can use your compact state license to work until you are able to get a permanent license in the state that you moved to, so you can begin working immediately.
Basically, it's like this:
Licensed in GA (non-compact state) --> Apply for job in Texas (or any other compact state) --> Can't work in Texas until you get a Texas License.
Licensed in NC (compact state) --> Apply for job in Texas (or any other compact state) --> Can begin working immediately in Texas because you have 30 days that your NC license is good for until you have to be licensed in Texas.
So, I'm thinking it might be worth it to pick up a compact state license so I could begin working immediately in any compact state that I happen to get hired in?
Just to clarifyfurther what JustBeachy said, if you apply for licensure in a compact state but are not a permanent resident of that state (e.g., apply from out of state), you will get a license, but it won't have "compact privileges" -- that is, it will be a regular, traditional license that is only recognized in that state and can't be used to work in any other compact state. There is no particular advantage to "picking up" a license in a compact state unless you live there.
Last edit by elkpark on Feb 1, '12