Renewal Frequently Asked Questions

  • NOTE: If you have not created a KBN Nurse Portal Account, you will not be able to access the renewal application until you do so. For more information on how to create an account, please access: Nurse Portal Instructions.

  • The KBN Nurse Portal works best on a Windows desktop PC or laptop in Chrome or ​​Microsoft Edge. Mobile devices are not supported (for example: phones, iPads, tablets)​

  • ​If you have already created an account, you will log into your Nurse Portal account and there will be a link ‘Apply for Renewal’ located next to your license/credential number on the dashboard. Once you select the link it will open the 2024​ renewal application.

  • If you have a name change, you will go to your nurse portal dashboard, and go to the bottom to Other Applications. Select Apply and choose ALL LICENSE TYPES (Except SRNA) – Request Name Change. Follow instructions, upload required legal document and submit with fee of $25 (the fee is still required during the renewal period).

  • The LPN, RN, and APRN/RN Combined Renewal will present the declaration of primary state of residence (PSOR) statements. You will choose the statement that matches your current PSOR. If you have made your PSOR selection and uploaded the required proof of residence prior to renewal, you will NOT be required to upload again at this time.
    • ​If this is your first time in the nurse portal making your PSOR declaration, or if you have changed PSOR since previously establishing, you are required to upload proof of residence with the renewal application.
      • You will be required to upload one of the following:
        • Valid Driver’s License
        • State‐issued ID Card
        • REAL ID
        • Voter Registration
        • Vehicle Registration

  • You will receive a confirmation message in your nurse portal once your renewal has been processed. You may validate the license/credential within the KBN Nurse Portal, as well as through the License Verification Portal:

  • If your license/credential has not been renewed before midnight, EDT, October 31, your license/credential will lapse. Working on a lapsed license/credential is prohibited by Kentucky Nursing Law.

  • If you answered “yes” to the discipline, criminal, and/or the APRN national certification revocation questions, your license/credential will not be renewed until KBN receives and reviews the required documents.
    • ​The documents will be required to upload during renewal.

  • Licensees are required to maintain a current mailing and email address with KBN per KRS 314.107.

  • ​​​ Continuing education contact hours must be earned during the period of November 1, 2022 – October 31, 2023. However, you do not have to complete the contact hours before submitting the renewal and paying the renewal fee for your license. They must be completed prior to midnight, October 31, 2023.

Instructions Sheets for License/Credential Types: