To verify the validity of your certified nursing assistant license, check the expiration date on your certificate, access your state’s nurse aide registry or call the CNA registry office in your state. You can opt to reinstate or reactivate your certificate if it is already expired.
Most CNA certificates have an expiration date printed on them. Some states provide online copies that can be accessed by logging onto a website. Find out your state's validity period if there’s no expiration date on the certificate. Many states have a validity period of two years.
Check the nurse aide registry in your state to check your license status. Most registries require a full name for access. Your birth date and Social Security number may also be required. You may contact the CNA registry office if your state doesn’t offer Web access to the registry. Prepare your certificate number and a valid ID when visiting the office.
Some states allow certified nursing assistants to reinstate an expired license within the two years following the expiration date. It is essential that you finished the required CEU classes and worked in a paid CNA job during the validity period of your certificate to have it reinstated. If you don’t qualify for reinstatement, you must take a competency evaluation exam, pay a reactivation fee or retake the CNA exam, depending on your state’s reactivation requirements.