Nursing License and Renewal Kentucky

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Home to bourbon distilleries, rich history, and the world-famous Kentucky Derby, the Bluegrass State provide the right mix of small-town hospitality and big-city convenience. If you're looking to take your next nursing assignment in Kentucky, the team at AMN Healthcare is here with you every step of the way. We will guide you through the process from applying to renewing your Kentucky nursing license as well as helping you land your dream travel nursing job in Kentucky. Our friendly team is standing by to help.

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What you Need to Know About the Kentucky Nursing License

How to Apply for a Nursing License

The first step to a nursing license in this state is to visit the Kentucky Board of Nursing. Here, you will find all of the information and resources you need to get started.

There are several ways to apply for a nursing license in the State of Kentucky:

  • Endorsement (from another state)
  • Reinstatement (of a lapsed Kentucky license)
  • Examination (seeking initial licensure)

Kentucky Nursing License Paperwork

Simplified Kentucky License Paperwork

Regardless of the application type that you will be submitting, you will need to upload a few standards forms and types of paperwork.

Here’s a shortlist of a few of the things you will need to apply for a Kentucky nursing license:

  • Application and $165.00 fee (endorsement), $125 (examination) or $135 (reinstatement)
  • Kentucky Criminal Background Report from the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)
  • Fingerprint Card
  • Verification of Original Licensure
  • Transcripts

Kentucky Nursing License Renewal Requirements

Meeting Criteria and Tracking Your License Status

If you are eligible for a Kentucky board of nursing license renewal, you will need to meet the criteria outlined by the Board. This will include submitting a renewal application, ensuring your license has not lapsed, and submitting proof of continuing competency requirements.

It’s also important to note that you can track the status of your application online! Follow the status of your application (except renewal applications), from the time submitted to KBN through licensure.

Is Kentucky a Compact Nursing State?

Understanding Kentucky's Nursing Compact Status

Kentucky is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) and with the NLC, a registered nurse is permitted to hold one license in his or her home state (primary state of residency) and to practice in other compact states (referred to as remote states)--without requiring any additional licenses.

If you hold a single-state license, you will need to convert it to a multi-state license. 


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