Can I carry a license in 2 different states


Hi everybody

I was interested in getting a license in PA, but I already hold a NJ license can I carry both? aI am a LPN and I am moving on the border of PA and NJ and figure it would make sense to carry both so I have options. Thank you

jmgrn65, RN

1,344 Posts

Specializes in cardiac/critical care/ informatics. Has 16 years experience.

you can have licenses in as many states as you want.


38,333 Posts

You can maintain as many licenses as you care to pay the renewal fees for.


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Thank you all for the quick replies. DO I apply for licensure by endorsement or is there some other application. I wasn't sure if when I applied for the PA license if it would transfer crossing out my NJ license or if it would just ad on the PA license and I would have 2.


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Specializes in LTC, Memory loss, PDN. Has 23 years experience.

You would have two licenses.


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Specializes in LTC, Memory loss, PDN. Has 23 years experience.

State certificates do not transfer. For instance, while working in Indiana, I needed an Indiana certificate to administer PPD tests, while working in Ohio, I needed an Ohio IV certificate.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 17 years experience.

I carry LVN/LPN licenses in 3 different states: California, Texas, and Oklahoma. My California license is delinquent simply because I have not lived there in nearly 4 years and, therefore, do not wish to pay the fees that would keep it active.

Since my initial licensure is from California, I endorsed this license into Texas 3 years ago. I also endorsed into Oklahoma several months ago. My licenses in Texas and Oklahoma are active.

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