CNAs can renew their licenses at the Department of Health in the state that issued the license. Online license renewal is available in some states.
Some states send license renewal notices before the license expiration date. This notice provides instructions for renewal and lists any documentation requirements, such as proof or employment as a CNA or continuing education.
Failure to renew the license on time can result in a fee or require a new certification. Renewals can take several weeks to process, so applying early helps ensure continuous licensing. Expired licenses may not be eligible for online renewal. Keeping comprehensive records of continuing education and employment throughout the year can help simplify the renewal process.