APRN Reinstatement

Apply for reinstatement if you have previously held a Kentucky APRN license that has lapsed

If you failed to renew your licenses during the renewal period (annually between September 15 and October 31), you must meet all of the reinstatement requirements.

There is no grace period for renewal of a Kentucky nursing license.

This page provides information on reinstating a Kentucky APRN license only for nurses who either hold a current Kentucky RN license or who hold a current multistate RN license.

Complete the application and submit the fee.

  • Submit the application through the Kentucky Board of Nursing Nurse Portal. You will need to create an account/log in through the nurse portal and then you will select Apply for a License located on the Nurse Portal Dashboard.
  • Applications are valid for one year. If requirements are not met within one year, your application will expire and you will have to start the process over again.
  • Pay the application fee of $135

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

Complete the state and federal criminal background check through IdentoGO®

Provide proof of current national certification

Obtain more information about national certifications that are accepted by the KBN

Reporting Criminal Convictions

If you have any criminal convictions, they will need to be reported on your application. The exception to this is traffic misdemeanors, other than DUIs. For information about what qualifies as a criminal conviction please review the ​ ​Mandatory Reporting of Criminal Convictions.​​​

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.

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