Checking the status of your CNA license varies from state to state, but most states allow online verification by entering a license number or name into the state's Department of Health and Human Services website, according to CNALicense.org. Reviewing the licenses verifies its status, renewal date and any reported activity.
License information includes any negative information reported against you, such as abuse findings or convictions, explains CNSLicense.org. Additional information on your license may include your current employer and the license expiration date. Knowing what is on your record gives you the opportunity to correct erroneous information.
Many states require you to update your license periodically. Those holding a CNA license are typically required to continually work a minimum number of hours per week in order to renew the license before it expires. Required hours vary by state. Any state requirements for continuing education must also be met for the license to remain active.
Failure to meet the requirements may require you to retake the CNA certification exam. Renewing a license before it expires helps prevent delays and avoid the cost of reapplying, completing a background check, and taking the exam again. Renewal fees and procedures vary by state, with some allowing online renewals.