Licensure By Examination

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If you:

NOTE:  A VisaScreen Certificate for Licensure is required if your nursing education was received outside of the United States. 

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 for processing 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.

Licensure Requirements

  • Examination Application and $125.00 fee (fees are n​on-refundable). Applications are valid for one year, or if an applicant is unsuccessful on NCLEX, the application will expire at that time.

    Application is best viewed using Internet Explorer or Firefox

  • Kentucky Criminal Background Report

    KBN will receive an electronic copy of the report, if you request the report online and follow the instructions
    [PDF Format - 337KB] accurately.

  • Fingerprint Card and $13.25 fee payable to KSP. 

    Please mail the card and fee to:
    • Kentucky State Police
    • Records Branch
    • 1266 Louisville Rd
    • Frankfort, KY 40601

Complete the Kentucky Jurisprudence Exam

  • Completion of an Approved Program of Nursing
    • Certified List of Graduates
      • Program may contact KBN to submit an Out-of-State Certified List, or
      • Graduate may submit an official transcript, with degree and date degree posted

  • Pass NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.

    • Register online: External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
      • By phone: 1-866-496-2539
      • Provide:  Social Security Number (Failure to provide your SSN to Pearson VUE will delay your being made eligible to sit for NCLEX).
      • Valid Email Address (preferably a personal email).  Pearson VUE will send your Authorization To Test (ATT) to the email address that you provide. 

    • The Authorization To Test (ATT) is issued by Pearson VUE

    • Click here for additional information on the NCLEX examination process External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.

    • Click here to access NCSBN's learning extension External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain., which includes information on NCLEX review courses.   

  • Required Continuing Competency

    Click here for information on Provisional License.

    Allow 7-14 business days for an application to be reviewed.

    Application Status

    Follow the status of your application as it is being processed - it will list what requirements are needed before your license will be issued. 

    Unsuccessful on NCLEX

    If you were unsuccessful on NCLEX and need to retake, click here.

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