Legal Information

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​As a nursing professional, it's crucial to have a solid understanding of the legalities that surround the healthcare industry. Here we aim to provide you with valuable information on nursing laws and regulations, liability and malpractice, and patient rights and confidentiality to ensure you deliver quality care while abiding by the law.

Legal Opinions

Statutes and Regulations​

Information about Administrative Hearings

Open Records Requests

  • Residents of the Commonweath, as defined by KRS 61.872(1), may submit open records requests to:
    • Kentucky Board of Nursing, Records Custodian​
      312 Whittington Parkway, Suite 300
      Louisville, KY 40222
      ​​Fax: (502) 420-1542
      Email: ​

    • Residents of the Commonwealth may submit open records requests on the form provided on the website of the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General

License Validation and Bulk Licensee Data Requests

Executive Action Relating to Medical Cannabis ​​​

Governor Beshear signed Executive Order #2022-798 on November 15, 2022. The text of the order can be found here: The order was effective on​ January 1, 2023. Please remember that nurses are accountable to Kentucky Revised Statutes, Chapter 314 and Kentucky Administrative Regulations, Title 201, Chapter 20.

Material Incorporated by Reference (“MIR”)

Applications, forms, reference materials, etc. may be found
in the KBN Document Library, by ​searching for the term "MIR."

Pending KBN Regulations

To locate a pending or emergency regulations in the KBN Document Library, search for the terms "pending" “or emergency.”

Comment on Pending Regulations

Use this form to submit a comment on a Pending Regulation



Registered Nurse License Renewal

Nurse licensure renewal occurs every year between September 15 – October 31.
Information regarding renewals and the renewal application will be available during that time period.​​

Renew License​​