Initial Licensure

The Kentucky Board of Chiropractic Examiners no longer offers a state practical examination for licensure. In lieu of a state examination, Kentucky now requires successful completion of Part IV of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ examination.
Kentucky law DOES NOT provide for reciprocity from other states. Each applicant is required to have successfully completed Parts I, II, III and IV of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ examination to obtain licensure in Kentucky. NBCE passing score is acceptable. Official NBCE transcripts are required.

Educational Requirements

Each applicant shall have satisfactorily completed not less than sixty (60) semester credit hours of study from a college or university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or other regional accrediting agencies as recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
Each applicant shall also be a graduate of a college or university accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education or their successors (at the time of the applicant’s graduation), and which maintains a standard and reputability approved by the board.  A photocopy of your chiropractic college diploma must be attached to the application.  A list of accredited chiropractic colleges can be found on the FCLB website.

Application Fee

The $350.00 non-refundable state licensure application fee must accompany your application.
If your license is issued on or before December 31 it will be subject to renewal prior to March 1 of the following year. This includes payment of the annual renewal fee and meeting the educational requirements for renewal.
Any license issued after January 1, 2008 will be required to complete the Kentucky State Chiropractic Jurisprudence course.  This course will satisfy two of the twelve required continuing education hours.  Please contact the Board office for more information on this course. Information regarding the date and registration details for this course will be mailed to you when your license is issued.

Required Documents​

For your convenience, you may print, complete and sign this Application​ (pdf . 96k) and mail directly to the Board office. 
You must send the Chiropractic College Certification (pdf . 32k) page to your chiropractic college for completion. Your application is not complete until this form is submitted directly from your chiropractic college.
Please read, sign and have notarized these Excerpts (pdf . 110k) and return them to the Board office to complete your file.  These are only excerpts from the Kentucky statutes and regulations and address problem areas with new licensees and frequently asked questions regarding license renewal, advertising, etc.  You should read and be familiar with all of the statutes and regulations governing chiropractic in Kentucky. A link to these is available from the home page.
Please provide the Board with a letter from each of three individuals outside your immediate family, not necessarily chiropractors, who are personally acquainted with the applicant, stating that, to their knowledge the applicant is not addicted to intoxicants or drugs, has not had previous license(s) suspended or cancelled, has never been convicted of a felony or any other violation of federal, state or local laws, has no prosecution or complaints to a state board responsible for the licensing of chiropractors pending and is a person of good moral character and reputation and is worthy of professional recognition and confidence. The letters should include the individual’s address, phone number and occupation. The letters should be signed.

License Verification 

You are required to have each state in which you currently hold, or have ever held a license, submit a "Verification of Licensure" directly to the Board office. This verification must include the following information regarding your license:  issue date, expiration date, current status and any disciplinary action(s) against your license.



Statutes and Regulations

You are required to read and know the Kentucky Revised Statutes and the Kentucky Administrative Regulations​ governing chiropractic. 

Official Transcripts Required

You must submit official transcripts directly from your undergraduate college(s), your chiropractic college and the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.