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license lapsed in NC; just moved to NM: How to get it again?

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I let my license lapse in North Carolina a year ago after not working for three years.  Now I'd like to get back to work.  I'm planning on moving to New Mexico but I'm still a resident of North Carolina officially.  Should I try to get a new North Carolina license or try to get one in New Mexico?

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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Did you just let it go, or switch to "inactive" status? I would think it'd be easier to deal with NC then look for reciprocity in NM then start from scratch in the new place.

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Have you already moved?  Or are you planning on moving?  If not, and you can still provide the NCBON required proof of residency, I concur with Jedrnurse that this option would be easiest.  After your NC license is reactivated, you would be permitted under it in NM while that license is being processed.

Best wishes.

https://www.ncbon.com/licensure-listing-apply-reinstatement-rn-lpn

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adventure_rn is a BSN and specializes in NICU, PICU.

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17 hours ago, myojin said:

I'm planning on moving to New Mexico but I'm still a resident of North Carolina officially. 

I would definitely do it while you're still a permanent resident of NC. Once you stop having NC residency, the process gets a little more tricky (a theme with some compact states).

Just as an FYI, even though NC and NM are both compact, your NC license won't be multi-state once you permanently move to NM, so you should endorse your license right away.

https://www.ncbon.com/licensure-listing-nurse-licensure-compact

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Been there,done that has 33 years experience as a ASN, RN.

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 I know  in my home state, if my license was lapsed... it would be MANY hoops to reinstate the license. Check with your current BON.

 Good luck.

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20 minutes ago, adventure_rn said:

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Just as an FYI, even though NC and NM are both compact, your NC license won't be multi-state once you permanently move to NM, so you should endorse your license right away.

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He or she will be allowed to work on the NC license throughout the licensure process.  After the NM license is issue, it should grant multi-state privileges.  The NC license will then be place on inactive status, as you can only be licensed in one eNLC state at any given time. 

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adventure_rn is a BSN and specializes in NICU, PICU.

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19 minutes ago, chare said:

He or she will be allowed to work on the NC license throughout the licensure process.

I wonder if it varies by state. When I moved from compact state to compact state, I was told that my multi-state status immediately ended when I changed my place of residency, and I needed to wait for my temporary license in the new state in order to begin practicing. I was under the impression that if I'd continued to work with my old compact state license (even while the new license was being processed), I'd be practicing without a license.

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14 minutes ago, adventure_rn said:

I wonder if it varies by state. When I moved from compact state to compact state, I was told that my multi-state status immediately ended when I changed my place of residency, and I needed to wait for my temporary license in the new state in order to begin practicing. I was under the impression that if I'd continued to work with my old compact state license (even while the new license was being processed), I'd be practicing without a license.

Under the original NLC you could work for either 30 or 90 days, depending upon which state you moved to.  Under the eNLC, assuming you apply for licensure as soon as you relocate, you are allowed to work under your current eNLC license.  When you receive your new license, and update your address and residency status for you original license, it will be placed on inactive status.

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Jory has 10 years experience as a MSN, APRN, CNM.

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I'm going to be honest, you may have to take the NCLEX again.

In my state if you don't renew it after six months, you have to re-demonstrate competency.  Some places will make you take NCLEX again.  

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2 hours ago, Jory said:

I'm going to be honest, you may have to take the NCLEX again.

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North Carolina allows an RN up to 5 years to reinstate a lapsed license.  Where the OP is going to run into trouble is with residency.  If he or she has already established residency in NM, NC will not reinstate the NC license, and I am unsure as to whether NM will allow her or him to endorse an inactive license.

This is why encourage maintaining active licensure in at least one state.

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