The licensure renewal period is September 15 - Midnight October 31, 2016 (Eastern Time).

Check the status of your license here.

2016 Renewal Instructions and Application


As required by the Kentucky Board of Nursing’s (KBN)​ state website provider, Kentucky Interactive (KI), the KBN has changed the Basic License Validation procedure on our website. We are now required to use a “CAPTCHA” (Telling Humans and Computers Apart Automatically) to verify that our users are human and not “robot” internet users. KBN was notified by KI that a high volume of intentional random contacts attempted to gain entry into the database, necessitating the addition of CAPTCHA

We are continuing to explore options such as creating user accounts with KI that would allow individuals or facilities to access the Board's online validation system without having to use a CAPTCHA. The user account will allow you to sign into the Kentucky.gov system directly to continue Basic License Validation. This account will be free of charge.

Until this process can be defined, and if you experience issues, please contact Carlos Luna, Operations Manager, at KI by phone at 502-875-3733 or email carlos@egov.com.

ITT Technical Institute Closure – September 12, 2016

For students seeking information regarding this matter, please contact the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education  by email at ITT@ky.gov.

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

NOTE: Application is best viewed using Internet Explorer or Firefox.
  • 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:  

11/08/16 (Presidential Election Day)

11/11/16 (Veterans Day)

11/24/2016 & 11/25/2016 (Thanksgiving)

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.