Kentucky became a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) when it was adopted by the General Assembly in 2006. On May 4, 2015, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) adopted a revised Nurse Licensure Compact which is intended to replace the previous NLC. The Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) will obtain a sponsor and seek to introduce the revised NLC in the 2016 Session of the General Assembly. To read the revised NLC, please go to this link: https://www.ncsbn.org/NLC_Final_050415.pdf.

In an effort to educate and inform licensees and other interested parties about the provisions of the revised NLC, KBN has scheduled a meeting to be held at Indiana Wesleyan University, Louisville Education and Conference Center, 1500 Alliant Drive, Louisville, Kentucky, on September 10, 2015 from 10 am – 12:00 pm (ET). Should interested parties be unable to attend the meeting in person, arrangements for telephone conference call-in and/or viewing a live webcast are being made and will be placed here by August 21, 2015.

On behalf of KBN members, your participation and input into this significant nursing regulatory advancement is welcomed and encouraged. Please RSVP either your live or remote attendance by calling Adrianne Harmon at (502) 429-7175 or by email at Adrianne.Harmon@ky.gov. For more information, contact either Nathan Goldman at (502) 429-3309 or Paula Schenk at (502) 429-3306.


IWU’s Louisville Education Center is located at 1500 Alliant Avenue, off I-64. From I-64, take Exit 17/Blankenbaker Parkway (South). Go ½ mile to the first stop light, Bluegrass Parkway (East) and turn left. Go one block to the first cross street, Alliant Avenue (North) and turn left. Go ½ mile to IWU. It is on the left between Holiday Inn Express and Sam’s Club.


Please click on the following link on September 10, 2015 at 10 am (EST):


Note: Clicking on the link before the specified time will result in you being directed to an empty page.



Kentucky Board of Nursing administrative regulation, 201 KAR 20:240, was recently amended to increase licensure fees. The Board has set July 1, 2015 as the implementation date for the new fees. The specific new fees are as follows:

LICENSE RENEWAL – Beginning with renewal in 2015, the total fee for RNs and LPNs will be $65. This includes the renewal fee of $55 and the $5 NISF statutory fee and the $5 KARE for Nurses statutory fee. The total fee for renewal for APRNs will be $120. This includes the previous $65 fee and the APRN renewal fee of $55.

LICENSURE BY EXAMINATION – Beginning with applications for licensure by examination as an RN or LPN postmarked after July 1, 2015, the new fee will be $125.

LICENSURE BY ENDORSEMENT – Beginning with applications for licensure by endorsement as an RN or LPN postmarked after July 1, 2015, the new fee will be $165.

LICENSURE AS AN APRN – Beginning with applications for licensure as an APRN postmarked after July 1, 2015, the new fee will be $165.

REINSTATEMENT OF A LICENSE AS AN APRN, RN, OR LPN – Beginning with applications for reinstatement of any license postmarked after July 1, 2015, the new fee will be $135.

If you have any questions about the fees, please contact Nathan Goldman at Nathan.Goldman@ky.gov, 502-429-3309 or
Ruby King at Ruby.King@ky.gov, 502-429-3331.


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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Thursday, October 15, 2015, 10:30 a.m.

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Kentucky Board of Nursing Operating Information


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:  

09/02/15 (Mandatory Staff Meeting)

09/07/15 (Labor Day)

11/11/15 (Veteran's Day)

11/26/15 - 11/27/15 (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.