A 9 Step Guide to Renewing Your Maryland CNA

Posted by Dr. Charlene Brown on February 2, 2019

1) Have you been wondering how to renew your Maryland CNA?

  • It's all online now and you'll need to use the Maryland Nursing Assistant Certification Online Renewal System.
  • The good news is that you DO NOT need approval from your supervising RN!

2) How much does it cost to renew my CNA license?

  • It will cost you $40 and you or your sponsoring agency will be asked to pay online.

3) Do I need to get a background check?

  • YES, the Maryland Board of Nursing calls this background check Criminal History Records Check or CHRC.
  • If your CNA expired on 12/28/2017, 1/28/2018, or 2/28/2018, then you will need a background check to renew, even if you already did this in the past!
  • You CANNOT renew without a new criminal history background check.

4) Can I just get a background check anywhere?

  • No. There are specifically approved vendors.
  • Please review how to meet the new background check requirements.
  • Also, visit the Board of Nursing's list of Frequently Asked Questions on this topic.
  • You will need to submit CHRC receipts, either by email (mbon.cna@maryland.gov) or by mail to the RENEWAL DEPARTMENT at 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215.

5) How do I get started?

  • Go to the Maryland CNA Lookup
  • Log in by entering your name, CNA certification number, and Social Security Number.
  • Once you have logged in, follow the instructions on the screen.

6) What if I have forgotten my CNA license number?

That's okay, you can find it online. Just look it up by visiting the Maryland CNA Lookup and following the steps below:

  • Click Profession and a drop-down list will appear. Select “Nursing Assistant”.
  • Click License Type and a very long drop down list will appear.
  • Scroll down and select the CNA or GNA or other license types that apply to you.
  • Enter your Last Name
  • Enter your First Name
  • Click the “Search” button on the right-hand side near the bottom of the box.

7) Do I have a grace period for my CNA renewal? What if I miss the deadline?

  • YES, you have a 30-day renewal grace period. This means you can renew up to 29 days after your license expiration date.

8) May I email the Maryland Board of Nursing directly with CNA renewal questions?

  • YES, you can EMAIL the Maryland Board of Nursing directly at mbon.cna@maryland.gov

9) How can my employer pay for my renewal?

  • To get started, you will need to register and start the process following the instructions above.
  • Your employer will have to log in to the website, but only AFTER you have registered online and started the process.
  • Make sure that the person paying for it knows when you have completed your registration so that they can log in.
  • You can learn more by visiting this page from the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Source: The Maryland Board of Nursing Website

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