Kentucky ​Board of Nursing ​​​​


The maintenance window will begin on Thursday, July 22nd at 8:00 pm EST and will last until Friday, July 23rd at 6:00 am EST. During this time, there may be intermittent interruptions in access. Please be aware and plan accordingly.

In-Person and Zoom Appointments Available

The Kentucky Board of Nursing is now scheduling in-person and Zoom appointments. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please email Erica Klimchak at Erica.Klimchak@ky.gov. Please include a brief summary of the type of appointment that you are seeking so that it can be routed to the correct department. Many KBN employees are still telecommuting; therefore, scheduling an appointment will help ensure that an employee who can assist you will be available.

Renewals Begin September 15 - October 31

LPN, RN, SANE, and APRN Renewals LPNs, RNs, SANEs, and APRNs can renew their license(s)/credentials between September 15 - October 31. Please visit the website during this time period to renew your license(s)/credentials. 


Information Concerning Address Update

Pursuant to KRS 314.107 any person licensed by the board shall maintain a current mailing address with the board. An email was recently sent to a number of nurses to notify them that their address did not upload properly during the renewal cycle and that they would need to update their address as instructed in the email. Address changes can be made at the  Address Change Page.

An Open Letter Regarding the Position of Executive Director, Kentucky Board of Nursing

This open letter was issued upon the recommendation of the board President, Dr. Jessica Wilson.

Alert Regarding Phishing Scam

Board staff have been advised of various phishing scams that have been initiated across the country where an individual falsely claims that they work for a government agency in an attempt to obtain personal information, including date of birth, social security number, or financial information. Often they will use information that is publicly available to provide legitimacy to the contact. We have received reports of this occurring in Kentucky, including someone claiming to be with the Kentucky Board of Nursing or with other Kentucky government agencies. If you receive a request for information from an individual who claims to be with the Kentucky Board of Nursing and you are not expecting the request, please contact the Kentucky Board of Nursing to verify the legitimacy of the contact. We encourage you to use the contact information located on the Kentucky Board of Nursing website and not the contact information provided by the individual who has contacted you. Contact information can be located on the Kentucky Board of Nursing website at https://kbn.ky.gov/Pages/staff.aspx.

If you believe that you are the victim of a scam, please report the scam to the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General via the Scam/ID Theft complaint form:


Fee Payment Update: Effective July 6, 2020, fees assessed by the banking industry will be charged for each transaction. Payments made with a credit card will have an additional 2.75% of the payment added to the total. Payments made by ACH (online check) will have a $1.00 charge attached to the payment. The banking fees will be in addition to the fees due the Kentucky Board of Nursing.

The Kentucky Board​ of Nursing is an agency of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, governed by the Nurse Practice Act. The Board is a separate and distinct entity from any professional association.

​Our job is to protect public health and welfare by developing and enforcing state laws governing the safe practice of nursing.

The Board is self-supporting through fees assessed for professional licensure. The agency receives no general fund tax appropriation. 


For directions to the Kentucky Board of Nursing's physical location, please click here.

Apply for Licensure Online

NOTE: Application is best viewed using Internet Explorer or Firefox.
  • by Examination (initial licensure),
  • by Reinstatement, or
  • by Endorsement (licensure from another state board)
For more information, see Apply for a License.
It is not the practice of KBN to release NCLEX results to another board of nursing.

License/Application Lookup

For more information, see Apply for a License.
PRIMARY SOURCE VERIFICATION: The KBN website is considered primary source verification and is actually the preferred method of licensure validation. Both JCAHO and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Office of the Inspector General, consider verification through the website as evidence of licensure. 
KBN does primary source verification of an initial applicant's nursing education.  See 201 KAR 20:056201 KAR 20:070 and 201 KAR 20:110

Nursing Leadership Programs

For information on Nursing Leadership Programs, please click here.


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Kentucky Board of Nursing ​

To determine the status of your RN, LPN and/or APRN Nursing Application, please click here.

For upcoming Board, Committee & other meetings, please click here.

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Kentucky Board of Nursing Operating Information


Kentucky Board of Nursing
312 Whittington Pky
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222
Phone: 502-429-3300
or 1-800-305-2042

Fax:  502-429-3311

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

KBN Office Closed:   

9/6/2021 (Labor Day)

11/11/2021 (Veterans Day)

11/25/2021 & 11/26/2021 (Thanksgiving)

Please be advised that the Board office may be closed on occasions of severe weather and may be unable to provide specific notice of the closing. All online applications are available unless otherwise noted.

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