For a certified nursing assistant license to remain active, it must be renewed regularly through the state’s nursing department where the license was issued. The license is renewable in person and online for most states, and most require that a CNA license be renewed every two years.
The license is renewable online if the holder does not need to change any information, and to be eligible for renewal online it must not be delinquent. The renewal requires payment as well, through either debit or credit card. Most renewals take approximately two to three weeks to process.
CNA licenses come with an expiration date printed on it that allows the license holder to know when it needs renewal. If the expiration date is not visible, the license holder also has the option to go to the state’s nursing board website or certification verification website to look up the license and check the expiration date.
To be eligible for a license renewal and to get it renewed before it expires, the license holder has to have worked continuously as a CNA for the state mandated number of hours per week. The license holder must also be clear of any complaints regarding patient abuse or neglect. Some states also require a minimum number of hours of continued education to keep the license holder's knowledge current.