I have a compact state license from South Carolina, which is compatible with Texas. So I didn't have to do anything. It costs just as much to get a temp as a permanent though, so I always go for the permanent, that way you can extend if needed. I also would try to plan way in advance because licensing processing can hold you up big time. I have applied to 5 states, SC, OH, MA, CA, and FL. Every single application packet I have sent in has been put in hold for some reason. One was college transcripts, one was proof of payment of an old speeding ticket, MA actually wanted proof that my college education was in English, OH I forgot to check a box, and SC lost my electronic fingerprints in processing so had to redo. The fastest I have ever gotten a license is 8 weeks. The longest was Massachusetts- 4 months. I can't speak for temp licenses, but either way, I don't delay. If there's a state I want to go to, I already have my license in hand. I also recommend getting a binder or some kind of organization for all your documents and licenses. Keep track of renewals, license numbers, and always have documents ready on hand when you travel. My binder is huge.mit is full of containing education proof, certifications, licenses, all receipts used for licensing expenses, travel expenses, resumes, reference letters, and anything my travel agency gave me. It's a lot of prep work and paper shuffling, but when my agent says he wants proof of my ACLS, and I'm 1500 miles from my stuff, I have it right in hand and email it over right away. Be prepared. No one is looking out for you but yourself! Could easily be put on hold or lose an assignment without proper legal documents.