Licensure By Endorsement


Apply for licensure by endorsement if you were licensed in another state or U.S. jurisdiction and want a Kentucky RN or LPN license.

Applications and documents are reviewed within 14 days. However, if you respond "Yes" to the disciplinary or conviction questions it can take up to 3 months to process your application.


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.


Click on the following


NOTE: IN AN EFFORT TO PROMOTE A PAPERLESS PROCESS, THE INFORMATION PACKETS CONTAINING LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS AND BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION ARE POSTED BELOW.

If you:


    RN/LPN Requirements

    NOTE:  Beginning December 9, 2020, all applicants will need to complete their federal fingerprint process through IdentoGO. Instructions that are included in the packet information.

    List of requirements, additional instructions and background check information are provided here:      Endorsement Packet

    Requirements for RN/LPN License:

    • Endorsement Application and $165.00 fee (fees are non-refundable).
      Application is best viewed using Internet Explorer or Firefox

    • Kentucky Criminal Background Report from the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).
      KBN will receive an electronic copy of the report, if you request the
      report online and  follow the 
      AOC Fastcheck Instruction.

    • Federal Background Check

    • Complete the Kentucky Jurisprudence Exam online after completing the endorsement application.

    • Verification of Original Licensure
      (Verification of licensure is required from the state in which you took and passed NCLEX/Boards)

        • Transcripts: If you were licensed from one of the following states, you must request your nursing program to send
          KBN an official transcript, with degree and graduation date posted.

          • California*
          • Connecticut
          • Hawaii
          • Kansas
          • Michigan
          • Washington

        NOTE:  A temporary permit will not be issued to nurses who completed a program of nursing in and were originally licensed in CA until the transcript is received.
        Mail transcript to:

        • Kentucky Board of Nursing
        • Attn: Endorsement
        • 312 Whittington Pkwy, Suite 300
        • Louisville, KY 40222

        Reporting Criminal History

        Click here for more information on reporting criminal convictions.

        KRS 314.011(21) defines conviction as an unvacated adjudication of guilt, pleading no contest or nolo contendere, entering an Alford plea, or entering a guilty plea pursuant to a pretrial diversion order regardless of whether the penalty is rebated, suspended, or probated.  

        Temporary Permit

        Click on temporary permit below:

        Paper Application Request Form

        The application requires an additional fee when the application is submitted via paper. There is no additional fee if these forms are submitted electronically. Please fill out and submit the request form along with the additional fee.

        Paper Application Request Form - Endorsement

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    See Also...

    Verification of Licensure Form [PDF Format - 96KB]


    Contact Us...

    Endorsement Contact

    Use this contact form if you have questions about the licensure by endorsement process.​​