Licensed Certified Professional Midwives (LCPM) Licensure Requirements

Obtain information about how to apply for an initial LCPM license, renew a current LCPM license, or reinstate a lapsed LCPM license


Compete the below list of application requirements for initial licensure.

Complete the application and submit the fee.

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the application fee of $1,000 (ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE)
  • You are encouraged to complete the online application; however, if you would like to request a paper application visit the KBN Document Library and use the keywords paper application to obtain the request form. There is a $40 fee for the paper application in addition to the application fee of $1,000.
  • Visit the KBN Document Library and use the keywords LCPM application instructions for additional information.

Complete the state and federal criminal background check through IdentoGO®.

Complete the state and federal criminal background check through IdentoGO®

Required documentation

Submit proof of the following:

  • Submit one of the following:
    • Official transcript from MEAC accredited program*;
    • Midwifery Bridge Certificate if certified by NARM prior to January 1, 2020; or
    • Midwifery Bridge Certificate if licensed in another state that does not require an accredited education and proof of licensure in another state
  • NARM Certification
  • Proof of completion of the Domestic Violence course pursuant to KRS 194A.540
  • Proof of completion of the Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma course pursuant to KRS 620.020(8)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Certification
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
  • Proof of licensure in another state (if applicable)

For more information, see 201 KAR 20:620

*An official transcript is a transcript that is sent directly from the MEAC accredited program, through a clearing house to the KBN, or a copy obtained by the applicant that is in the original sealed, unopened envelope from the MEAC accredited program.

Transcripts can be sent electronically via a clearinghouse or the MEAC accreditied program directly to the KBN to the email address: kbn.credentials@ky.gov

Transcripts may also be mailed to:

  • Kentucky Board of Nursing
  • ATTN: LCPM
  • 312 Whittington Pkwy., Suite 300
  • Louisville, Kentucky 40222
after the initial application.

LCPM licenses expire one year from the date that they are issued and must be renewed prior to that date.

Complete the below list of application requirements for renewal of licensure.

Complete the application and submit the fee.

  • Complete the online renewal application​​​
  • Pay the application fee of $1,000 (ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE)
  • You are encouraged to complete the online application; however, if you would like to request a paper application visit the KBN Document Library and use the keywords paper application to obtain the request form. There is a $40 fee for the paper application in addition to the application fee of $1,000.

Required documentation

Submit proof of the following:

  • Current certification with NARM
  • Current Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Certification
  • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

Upon approval, the license shall be renewed for one year. ​​

An LCPM with a lapsed license is prohibited from providing patient care until the license is reinstated. Providing patient care on a lapsed license may subject the LCPM to disciplinary action.

Complete the below list of application requirements for reinstatement.

Complete the application and submit the fee.

  • Complete the online reinstatement application
  • Pay application fee of $1,000 (ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE)
  • You are encouraged to complete the online application; however, if you would like to request a paper application visit the KBN Document Library and use the keywords paper application request LCPM to obtain the request form. There is a $40 fee for the paper application in addition to the application fee of $1,000.

Complete the state and federal criminal background check through IdentoGO®.

Complete the state and federal criminal background check through IdentoGO®

Required documentation

Submit proof of the following:

  • Current certification with NARM
  • Current Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Certification
  • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

If you have any criminal convictions, they will need to be reported on each application (initial, renewal, reinstatement). The exception to this is traffic misdemeanors, other than DUIs. For information about what qualifies as a criminal conviction use the keywords Reporting Criminal Convictions to view the Reporting Criminal Convictions Brochure in the KBN Document Library.

An applicant shall provide a certified copy of any disciplinary action taken on any professional or business license in another jurisdiction and a letter of explanation with each application (initial, renewal, reinstatement).

Licenses may be issued within 14 business days after all documents have been received and reviewed. However, if you respond "Yes" to the disciplinary or conviction questions it can take up to three months to process your application.