Application Instructions for CNA Certification Renewal
We are encouraging all nursing assistants who are due to renew, to renew online through My Services. When you renew online, the certificate can be issued in a more timely manner.
NOTE: Paper applications take an average of 30 days from the time the application is received until the certificate is issued.
Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA's) are required to renew nursing assistant certification every 2 years by the last day of the CNA’s birth month.
Applicants must have worked, doing nursing assistant duties, for a minimum of 160 hours within the past 2 years.
Late Certification Renewal
- Online Renewal is not available if your certificate has been expired for more than 2 years.
- A Lapsed/Expired Certificate Questionnaire must be submitted with the renewal application if your certification is expired.
- Fingerprinting is required if your CNA certification has been expired for more than two years. Please contact the Board to request a fingerprint card be sent to you.
Items to Complete for Certification Renewal
√ SUBMIT COMPLETED ONLINE RENEWAL APPLICATION THROUGH MY SERVICES (Visa or MasterCard required) OR
√ SUBMIT REQUEST FOR A PAPER APPLICATION (Instructions below)
Paper applications must be completed for:
- Nursing Assistants on Probation
- Nursing Assistants Who Are Suspended
- Inactive or Retired Status Nurses
- Nursing Assistants without a social security number
- Nursing Assistants who have, since their last renewal:
- Ever been charged, convicted, entered a plea of guilty, nolo contendere or no contest, been sentenced or served time in jail for any felony or undesignated offense? OR
- Ever had prosecution deferred or suspended, entered into a diversion program, or made any other agreement by which a felony or undesignated offense would be dismissed upon completion of certain terms? OR
- Ever had a felony or undesignated offense pardoned, expunged, dismissed, deferred, reclassified or redesignated? OR
- Had more than one misdemeanor charge or conviction in the past four years?
If you meet the above criteria, you must submit a request to the Arizona State Board of Nursing and an application will be emailed to you. To request a paper application, use the Contact Form on our Contact page and select "Applications & Forms" from the Inquiry Reason drop down menu.
√ PAY FEES (Only applicable if requesting a paper document)
Application Fees & Payment Methods
All fees are in US Dollars and are non-refundable
- Renewal fee for a 2-year renewal - No Charge
- $10.00 Late Fee per year you've worked on an expired certificate. If you have not worked, then no late fee is required.
- The CNA Document (a wallet size, paper certificate) is OPTIONAL. If you request a document, the fee is $50.00. The document will only be issued when requested and when the fee is received.
- Fees may be paid by VISA, MasterCard, check or money order payable to the Arizona State Board of Nursing.
- All Personal Checks must be pre-printed with your name and address or they will be returned. Out of country checks are not be accepted.
- $25.00 fine for renewals returned to the Board because of an incorrect address.
- $50.00 fee for all checks returned for insufficient funds. In addition, non-payment will result in an invalid license.
A licensee, applicant or a certified nursing assistant who legally changes names must notify the Board in writing within 30 days of any name change. The applicant shall submit a copy of any official document evidencing the name change. Do not send original documents.
Must provide documentation to verify license / certificate holder’s previous name (i.e. birth certificate, a social security card, marriage license, divorce decree, High School diploma) and documentation that verifies the license / certificate holder’s current name (i.e. divorce decree, driver’s license, social security card, marriage license).
The Board shall revoke a nursing license or multistate privileges or deny licensure if the applicant has one or more felony convictions that have not previously been disclosed to the Board and has not received an absolute discharge from the sentences for all felony convictions five or more years prior to the date of filing an application. If this law pertains to you, your application will be processed, and proceedings for revocation of your Arizona license or multistate privileges in Arizona or denial of your application shall be instituted by the Board. For more information go to Reporting Criminal Charges.
Reporting of Criminal Charges
Applicants for licensure / certification must notify the Arizona State Board of Nursing of criminal charges within 10 days of being charged. For more information go to Reporting Criminal Charges.
For purposes of the Nursing Board's felony bar statutes, A.R.S Sections 32-1606(B)(17) and 1646(B), the commission of any felony offense on or after July 23, 2010, which results in a conviction of an undesignated offense, shall be treated by the Board as a felony "until such time as the court may actually enter an order designating the offense a misdemeanor" pursuant to A.R.S. Section 13-604(A).
Time Frames for Licensure
The Board is required to process applications for licensure within certain time periods, per R4-19-102 in the Nurse Practice Act.
When you submit an application, the Board will send you a deficiency notice identifying any elements of the application process which remain outstanding. If you fail to respond to a deficiency notice within the applicable time period, your application will be withdrawn. After withdrawal, if you are still interested in obtaining licensure you would need to submit a new application and applicable fee.