Provisional License

​This page provides an overview of provisional licenses and the supervision requirements when issued a provisional license.

When is a Provisional License Issued?

  • A provisional license is issued within 14 days of meeting all KBN application requirements. An email will be sent to the email address on file with the KBN once the provisional license is issued.

How long Can I use my Provisional License?

  • A provisional license is valid for a period of six months from the date issued.
  • However, a provisional license is invalidated upon unsuccessful completion of NCLEX. In this event, the provisional licensee must immediately cease practicing in a licensed nursing position.
  • Only one provisional license will be issued. If the provisional license is invalidated due to unsuccessful completion of the NCLEX a new provisional license will not be issued.

Am I Allowed to Work Once I am Granted a Provisional License?

  • Yes. A provisional license allows the applicant to work as an:
    • RN Applicant - RNA
    • LPN Applicant - LPNA

What are the Requirements for Working with a Provisional License?

  • Supervision requirements
    • Direct supervision - means that the nurse responsible for the applicant shall at all times be physically present in the facility and immediately available to the applicant during working hours while the applicant holds a provisional license. See 201 KAR 20:070 Section 4 (3)
      • RNA - Direct supervision by a RN or APRN
      • LPNA - Direct supervision by a LPN, RN or APRN
  • Nursing Practice
    • Performing direct patient care utilizing critical thinking and knowledge, and skill.
  • Practice Setting
  • Use of the title:
    • RN Applicant - RNA [KRS 314.041]
    • Licensed Practical Nurse Applicant - LPNA [KRS 314.051]
  • Practice under direct supervision until full licensure is issued

Is my Provisional License Valid in O​ther States?

  • A provisional license is valid only in the state of Kentucky

What Happens to my Provisional License if I am Unsuccessful on the NCLEX?

  • ​A provisional license is voided after the applicant has failed the NCLEX examination twice
  • Regardless, a provisional license is valid for only 6 months, and then becomes void
  • If the provisional license is void, the provisional licensee must immediately cease practicing in a licensed nursing position