How to Obtain Your Kentucky Nursing License | Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) State

License by Endorsement

ASSOCIATED FEES

Application

$165

Fingerprint Card

$12

License Renewal

Link to Online Renewal

ASSOCIATED FEES

PROCESS

Timely

$65

Active within 24 hours if license is renewed online

Reinstatement

$135

About two weeks (maybe more) depending on requirements

Temporary License Processing

It takes approximately 14 days to receive a temporary license after all of the necessary documents are received and the license will last for up to 6 months (must not have any prior convictions or disciplinary action to obtain).

The Kentucky State Board of Nursing does not issue license cards.

NECESSARY DOCUMENTS

TEMPORARY

PERMANENT

Completed Application

Yes

Yes

Proof/Verification of Original State license

No

Yes

Federal Criminal Background Check (request FP card)

Yes

Yes

State Criminal Background Check (online requests only)

Yes

Yes

Official Transcripts – If original license is not a NURSYS state

Yes

Yes

Complete KY Jurisprudence Exam

Yes

Yes

Evidence of 2 Contact Hours of HIV/AIDS

No

Yes

Request Fingerprint Card – Federal Background Check

Request AOC Report – State Background Check

Online KY Jurisprudence Exam

Temporary licenses are only issued while other required documents are being processed. There are additional steps that must be completed to receive a permanent license.

Additional Information

Reinstatement:

  • Federal and State background checks are required for reinstatements
  • Verification of employment is required for reinstatement of those with employment outside of Kentucky for at least 500 hours within the past 5 years.
  • CE requirements vary for reinstatements depending on each year after expiration.
  • Nurses must also complete the KY jurisprudence exam if license has lapsed for one or more years.
  • View license verification information here.

Check for proper mailing address when sending in applications as it may differ from the physical address provided.

Contact Information & Mailing Address

Kentucky State Board of Nursing
312 Whittington Parkway
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40222

Phone: 502-429-3300

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