Multistate Licensure Question

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Currently a graduate student in Texas with an out of state clinical assignment. Both states are compact states. I plan on keeping my primary state of residency as Texas by not getting a new drivers license in the new state where my clinical is. I'll be there for a little over a year, but don't plan on staying long term. Do I need to get a single state license for the clinical spot or will my current multi-state license hold up? 

The BON website is confusing and the NCSBN website says as long as I don't change my primary residence that's good enough (the example is changing your drivers license).  Does anyone have experience with this situation? 


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As long as you maintain TX as your primary state of residence, your TX license should provide multistate privileges.

Something to consider, and where this might become problematic, is maintaining residency in TX, and not being required to establish residency (e.g., not being required to apply for a driver's license) in the remote state.

Best wishes.

The travel nurses may be able to help answer this question. How much time do you have to spend in Texas each year, to maintain it as your primary state of residence?


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This is what I can’t really find info about.. what makes me a resident? I’m not working bc of school so not paying taxes and I don’t plan on getting a drivers license in the new state.

I also can’t get a single state license with a multistate license. 


I will try out the travel nurse thread! Thanks for your help!

MunoRN, RN

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Best as I can tell, if you no longer "maintain a domicile" in the state of Texas then you are no longer a legal resident of Texas.  

Your driver's license isn't what determines your state of residence since that is due for re-issue at a timeframe that is far longer than what your resident-status is defined by.

My best advice is don't F-with the system.  Always err on the side that keeps you in good standing with states where you might want to work in the future.