Licensure By Reinstatement

Apply for license by reinstatement if your Kentucky license has expired.

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.

Information on reinstating a KY nursing license for failure to renew.

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.

RN and APRN Dual Reinstatement

Click here to reinstate BOTH your RN & APRN licenses.

RN or LPN Reinstatement

All fingerprint cards and fees received at KBN will be returned to the applicant.  Initial fingerprint card and fee of $13.25 must be mailed to the Kentucky State Police at:

  • Kentucky State Police
  • Records Branch
  • 1266 Louisville Rd
  • Frankfort, KY 40601


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  • Meet the Continuing Competency Requirements

    • 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 instructions accurately [PDF Format - 337KB].

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

    • Complete the Kentucky Jurisprudence Exam - Must be completed if your Kentucky RN or LPN license has been lapsed for one year or more.


    Validate the expiration date of your license.

    • Verification of Employment Form
      You may use this form only if you were employed outside of the state of Kentucky for at least 500 hours of nursing employment within the past 5 years.

    Request a paper application [PDF Format - 93KB] for a fee of $40.  The $40 paper application request fee is in addition to the application fee.

    Application Status

    To check the status of your application, go to Application Status.

    Updates are run daily.


See Also...

Verification of Employment Form

Contact Us...

Reinstatement Contact
Use this contact form if you have questions about the licensure by reinstatement process.