simultaneously licensed as a nurse in two states

  1. Hi all. I'm a new member here and this is my first post. I'm currently a nurse in illinois but considering moving to texas (although not 100% sure). However, i want to apply for licensure in texas and have my license readily available when i made up my mind to move to texas and practice nursing. My question is if texas issued me the license would my illinois license be automatically terminated or would i be licensed in the two states and be able to move back to illinois and practice without having to reapply for illinois license if texas did not work out for me. thanks
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  3. by   live4today
    Hello Buddha05....Welcome!

    If you move to TX, you have the option to keep your IL nursing license active, or you can place it on "inactive status" by notifying the nursing board of il regarding your decision to do so.
  4. by   suzanne4
    You can be licensed in as many states as you want long as you pay the fees there is no problem with it. One license has nothing to do with the other...............
  5. by   Thunderwolf
    Welcome to allnurses!!!
  6. by   DDRN4me
    welcome to allnurses. i live on the border of mass and nh, and many nurses in my area carry both licenses. you might also check to see if either state is part of the nurse compact act and then you wont have to worry about it.
  7. by   glascow
    to find out which states are members of the nurse compact agreement, check out this link:

    It looks like Texas is part of the compact, but Illinois isn't! Don't you wish every state would just join, it would make things so much easier when you go to another state to practice!
    Last edit by glascow on Apr 28, '05