Federal legislation entitled “Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA)” was signed into law on July 22, 2016 by President Obama. Included in the new law is a provision that would allow APRNs to prescribe Suboxone® (buprenorphine) for medically assisted treatment; however, prior to prescribing buprenorphine for the treatment of addiction, specific criteria (yet to be fully established) must be met. For example, completion of educational training addressing various topics will be required of the prescriber.

Until such time (up to eighteen months) that the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) convenes a task force to develop best practices and establishes the guidelines for prescribing, (which will likely be communicated through the Federal Register), the state of Kentucky and the Kentucky Board of Nursing have no information to guide interested APRN licensees. Information will be made available to KY APRNs when guidance is received from the federal government. For additional information, please contact the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) at 1-800-882-9539 (8:30 am-5:50 pm ET) or DEA.Registration.Help@usdoj.gov


The Kentucky Board of Nursing Interprets KRS Chapter 314 as defining that nursing care occurs in the location of the patient and therefore any nurse providing care via telehealth routes is required to be licensed or hold the privilege to practice in Kentucky, effective October 30, 2015.

The Kentucky Board of Nursing is an agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, governed by the Nurse Practice Act. The Board is a separate and distinct entity from any professional association.

Our job is to protect public health and welfare by developing and enforcing state laws governing the safe practice of nursing.

The Board is self-supporting through fees assessed for professional licensure. The agency receives no general fund tax appropriation. 


For directions to the Kentucky Board of Nursing's physical location, please click here.

Apply for Licensure Online

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  • by Examination (initial licensure),
  • by Reinstatement, or
  • by Endorsement (licensure from another state board)
For more information, see Apply for a License.
It is not the practice of KBN to release NCLEX results to another board of nursing.

License/Application Lookup

For more information, see Apply for a License.
PRIMARY SOURCE VERIFICATION: The KBN website is considered primary source verification and is actually the preferred method of licensure validation. Both JCAHO and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of the Inspector General, consider verification through the website as evidence of licensure. 
KBN does primary source verification of an initial applicant's nursing education.  See 201 KAR 20:056201 KAR 20:070 and 201 KAR 20:110

Nursing Leadership Programs

For information on Nursing Leadership Programs, please click here.


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How do I...?

To determine the status of your RN, LPN and/or APRN Nursing Application, please click here.​

For upcoming Board, Committee & other meetings, please click here.

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Kentucky Board of Nursing
312 Whittington Pky
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222
Phone: 502-429-3300
or 1-800-305-2042

Fax:  502-429-3311

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

KBN Office Closed:  

09/05/16  (Labor Day)

11/08/16 (Presidential Election Day)

11/11/16 (Veterans Day)

Please be advised that the Board office may be closed on occasions of severe weather and may be unable to provide specific notice of the closing. All online activities are available unless otherwise noted.