Easy Ways To Transfer CNA License To Another State

Lindsay Smith
Last updated at June 20, 2021

Due to COVID-19, some certified nursing assistants (CNAs) will need to make significant life changes. As a result, they may need to relocate to a different state which means they will need to transfer their CNA license to that new state.

For some, opting to transfer to another state in order to secure work may be the best option. Before you move, be sure you have everything in order to make transferring your CNA license to another state, simple.

Although the healthcare industry is mostly recession-proof, there are some instances that call for nursing professionals to transfer from one state to another. When this happens, nurses need to process transfers for their licenses if they want to continue practicing their profession in the new state.

License Reciprocity

Each state requires healthcare workers to have a license and certification before they can start working in a healthcare facility. However, some states have license reciprocity arrangements to make working in other states easier.

Where available, CNAs can apply for reciprocity arrangements. If you move to a state that participates in this program, you would not have to retake the licensure examination. Otherwise, the process can be time-consuming when an individual relocates to another state.

To complete the application for reciprocity, be ready for the following requirements:

  • Complete the application for Enrollment By Reciprocity
  • Have a copy of your driver’s license
  • Have a copy of your social security card
  • CNA state approval
  • Paystub for proof of employment

Before sending your application, ask your local registry if these documents should be sent to your current state or future home state. Some states require the current state registry to send the information instead of coming directly from the applicant.

Remember that reciprocity arrangement is not available in all states. Be sure to contact the local licensing authority of the future home state to understand all the requirements.

Guidelines for Transferring Your CNA License

Regardless of which state in the US you wish to transfer and continue practicing, you have to do the following:

  • Get in touch with your current state’s Nurse Aide Registry early on to avoid any problems.
  • Find out all you need to know regarding requirements and possible reciprocity arrangements between states before moving forward.
  • Be ready with your social security number, proof of employment, proof of education or CNA training, and a background check.
  • For states without reciprocity, license holders might need to retake the licensure exam comprised of both clinical and theoretical parts.
  • Be aware that some states require a certain amount of clinical hours and continuing education before being re-issued a license.

Licenses are important and CNAs need them in order to work legally in a given state. So take the time to be prepared when relocating to another state.

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