Apply for a License


KBN does not issue license cards. Newly licensed nurses will receive an email notification that includes their license number and expiration date.


NOTICE:  All applicants for RN and LPN licensure by endorsement, examination, and reinstatement of a Kentucky license that has been lapsed for one year or more are required to pass a jurisprudence examination.

Conviction Reporting: ALL convictions EVER received (other than some traffic violations) must be reported on the application.  To determine if documentation of convictions is required, and information on DUI reporting refer to the section for reporting criminal history.   

All fingerprint cards and fees received at KBN will be returned to the applicant.  Initial fingerprint card and fee of $14.75 must be mailed to the Kentucky State Police at: 

Kentucky State Police
Records Branch
1266 Louisville Rd
Frankfort, KY 40601

NOTE: Effective February 1, 2015 the fingerprint card fee will change to $14.75. Any fingerprint card mailed in after February 1, 2015 that does not include the correct fee will be returned to the applicant.

Click on a link below to access information and applications for: 

RN and LPN Licensure

APRN Licensure

RN and APRN licensure information

SANE Credential Applications

Foreign Educated Nurse Licensure

Retiring a License

Voluntary Relinquishment of a License or Credential