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Maryland Nurse Aide Registry

Maryland Board of Nursing
4140 Patterson Avenue,
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (410) 585-1900
Fax: (410) 585-8042

Becoming a CNA in Maryland

The Maryland Board of Nursing must first certify prospective candidates before earning the title of CNA. Candidates are required to complete a state-approved training program in order to become one.

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Verifying Certification Status for CNAs

The interested party can use the Maryland Board of Nursing License Verification online search tool by entering the following necessary details in order to perform the search:

  • Last Name
  • First and Last Name
  • Last Name and License Number



Renewing Certificates for Maryland CNAs

The state of Maryland requires its CNAs to renew their license sixty (60) days before and thirty (30) days after the expiration date of their certification which is set on the 28th day of the applicant’s birth month.

Application for certification renewal


Reinstating Lapsed Certificates for Nurse Aides

In the event that a CNA is unable to renew their license a year after expiration along with failing to reach the minimum of 16 hours of paid work, they will be required to have their license reinstated by submitting a renewal application application along with retaking the competency test.

Application to reinstate an expired license



Transferring Out-of-state Certificates for CNAs

Candidates that are currently working as a CNA in their origin state can opt to have their certification transferred in the state of Maryland via endorsement provided they’re in good standing. Otherwise, inactive candidates will have to undergo CNA training approved by Maryland.

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