LPN, RN, APRN, SANE: Retiring a license or credential, relinquishing a license or credential, letting a license or credential lapse

Information about how to retire a license or credential, relinquish a license or credential, or let a license or credential lapse

To retire from active practice complete the retired license request, and pay the one-time $25 fee (All Fees are Non-Refundable).

When the retired license request is completed, it is effective immediately.

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 KBN Connection Opt-In for Retirees Request Form.

NOTE: A retired license does not have to be renewed.

To relinquish a license or credential, visit the KBN Document Library and conduct a keyword search for voluntary relinquishment form. There is no fee to relinquish a license.

When a nurse relinquishes a license, the online validation will indicate that the license has lapsed.

The nurse will receive a letter that the license has been relinquished.

Once a license is relinquished, the nurse may not work as a nurse. To return to active practice, the nurse will need to apply for reinstatement and meet all requirements.

A nurse can choose to let their Kentucky license or credential lapse by not renewing their license or credential during the annual renewal period (September 15 – October 31). When this occurs, the online validation will indicate that the license has lapsed.

Once a license or credential lapses, the nurse may not work as a nurse. To return to active practice, the nurse will need to apply for reinstatement and meet all requirements.