CNA Registry in Alabama

Who maintains the CNA registry in Alabama?

Suniaja Smith, ASA
Alabama Department of Public Health
Division of Healthcare Facilities
PO Box 303017
Montgomery, AL 36130-3017
Phone: 334.206.5169
Fax: 334.206.3031
Email: NARcorrespondence@adph.state.al.us

Who investigates complaints in your state?

Ray Gibson, RN Registry Supervisor
Alabama Department of Public Health,
Complaint Unit Supervisor
Division of Healthcare Facilities
PO Box 303017
Montgomery, AL 36130-3017
Phone: 334.206.5163

The Alabama Department of Public Health has the responsibility for licensing and regulating nursing assistants, also known as CNAs. A CNA license is required to work in any setting that provides long-term care, such as a nursing home or assisted living facility. In order to apply for a license, you must: be at least 18 years old; pass an examination; submit fingerprints and proof of identity, and submit an application fee. This article will explain each step in detail so you know what to expect before submitting your application!

The information provided is a courtesy to those who are seeking licensing as a Certified Nurse Assistant in the State of Alabama and has been compiled from various resources. The accuracy and completeness of this information are not guaranteed nor implied; you, as the reader, must conduct your own research and due diligence to determine accuracy. Licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, please check with the Alabama Board of Nursing for current information.

Steps to get a CNA license in Alabama

Below is a list of the steps for obtaining a CNA license in Alabama:

Step 1: Complete a CNA Training Program

In order to apply for a CNA license in Alabama, you must have successfully completed a state-approved training program. The training program should consist of 80 hours of classroom instruction and at least 40 hours of clinical experience under the supervision of a nurse or physician.

The State of Alabama offers training programs in all 67 counties. Training programs vary by location, so it is important to find one that you can attend and afford! Check out this list of CNA schools in Alabama to get started on your search for a program near you.

Step 2: Pass the CNA Exam

In order to apply for your license, you must pass the state exam with a score of 75% or higher. You need to bring photo identification with you in order to take the exam in an approved testing center. The exam is offered every month and you will receive your results immediately after completing the test.

If you fail, don’t worry because there are several opportunities each year when the test is offered again. If you fail the first time, only a certain number of opportunities are provided for you to retake the test. For a complete list of dates and approved testing centers, visit this page.

You may also take the exam from any other state as long as you have been employed in that state’s nursing home or assisted living facility for at least 30 days immediately prior to taking the exam. If your work history was not in Alabama during this time frame, then you must pass an Alabama law commentary. Retesting in Alabama after failing the exam in another state will not be permitted.

Step 3: Gather Necessary Documentation

You must provide two forms of identification, one of which must include your photo, when you apply for your license. For instance, acceptable forms of ID may be a valid driver’s license or state-issued ID card. You can also use an unexpired passport or unexpired military ID with your name and photo on it.

If you are unable to present any of these documents, then you must present three pieces of alternate documentation that contain your full legal name and date of birth along with a description that defines the relationship between yourself and the document, such as a school-record or employment record. Once approved by the Board, other documents may be allowed as well.

Once you have completed all of the above steps, you will need to submit a $100 (non-refundable) application fee and this license application along with your documentation to:

Alabama Board of Nursing
LICENSING DIVISION
PO Box 303900
Montgomery, AL 36130

Step 4: Get Fingerprinted!

In order for the State to run a background check on you prior to issuing your CNA license, fingerprints are required. You can get fingerprinted at any authorized location such as Gemalto/Thales website. The cost is under $40 and typically takes 2-3 days after being processed before it’s sent off to the FBI.

Once the FBI processes your fingerprints, they will send the results directly to the State of Alabama. This typically takes 7-10 days after you submit your fingerprints to be processed (See here).

Step 5: After You Pass All of the Steps Above…

The State of Alabama will notify you in writing (via mail) that your license has been approved and mailed out to you within 7-10 business days after everything is received. Once you receive this letter, you can begin working as a CNA in the state of Alabama!

How to Verify CNA License in Alabama?

The CNA license verification process can be completed online by going to this URL and following the steps: https://abn.alabama.gov/applications/LicenseLookup.aspx. The process is available 24 hours a day, seven days per week – but if you need assistance during office hours or after business hours then please call the registry at 334.206.5169

Steps to Renew CNA License in Alabama

You need to renew your CNA license every 2 years. Below are the steps to renew CNA license in Alabama:

Step 1: Determine the Next Renewal Date

The first thing you need to do is determine when your current certification expires. The expiration date will be printed on your license (goldenrod in color) beneath your name and credential information.

Step 2: Verify Eligibility Requirements

Before continuing with your Alabama CNA Renewal process, you will need to verify that you still meet the eligibility requirements for renewing your license.

The following are the general eligibility requirements for renewing your Alabama CNA license:

  • You must have a license in good standing with no active complaints or infractions.
  • You must have completed 24 hours of continuing education courses (not a requirement for new CNA applicants).

Once you have verified that you meet the eligibility requirements for renewing your license, go to Step 3.

Step 3: Submit Application and Payment

You must submit your application packet which consists of the following items:

NOTE: This consent form MUST be given directly by your employer.

A fee of $103.50 (credit or debit card). More information about payment options can be found here.

You may submit your application packet by one of three options:

  1. Mail your form with the tracking number so you can verify receipt with USPS at www.usps.com.
  2. Fax the completed form
  3. Hand delivers the completed form in person to the following address:

Alabama Board of Nursing
LICENSING DIVISION
PO Box 303900
Montgomery, AL 36130

Step 4: Get Your CNA License Issued

You will need to wait until your application packet has been received by ABN, approved, and processed before receiving your new Alabama nurse aide certificate in the mail.

Most first-time applicants can expect to receive their license within 10 business days after completion of the renewal process. If you are renewing an out-of-state license that has expired then it may take up to 60 days for approval or denial based on the approval guidelines.

NOTE: To check the status of your application or send inquiries about your application please contact NARcorrespondence@adph.state.al.us

Renewal Costs

The cost for submitting a first-time application is $103.50. Payment must be submitted with your renewal packets. The following payment options are accepted –

  • Visa
  • MasterCard
  • American Express
  • Discover Card
  • Prepaid debit card with $3.50 online fee

To pay the fees electronically you have to log in with your license PIN or password.

Steps to Transfer your CNA License in Alabama

Below you will find the steps to transfer your CNA license in Alabama.

Step 1: Make sure your CNA license is still valid

Before you begin the transfer process, you should verify that your license is still valid. If your license is expired, you will have to fulfill the state’s CNA certification requirements in order to be eligible for licensure.

Step 2: Verify Eligibility Requirements

Make sure you meet eligibility requirements to transfer your license. Generally speaking, you must have a valid CNA license from another state and have worked a minimum of 8 hours. Other states may have additional prerequisites. Check with the Alabama board if you’re unsure whether or not other qualifications need to be met.

Step 3: Gather Necessary Documentation

Gather all documents required by the Alabama Board of Nursing. These will likely include: 

✓ Proof of identity such as 1) State issued ID or driver’s license 2) Passport or birth certificate 

✓ Proof of education such as 1) H.S. diploma and/or GED (if applicable) 

✓ Proof of attendance at an approved training program including 1) Completion certificates 

✓ Verification of work experience, which includes: 1) Employer name, address, phone number, and dates worked 2) Number of hours worked 3) The physical and mental demands of the job 4) Nursing care performed 5) A description of any specialized skills used 6 ) Dates when you’ve performed these tasks 7 ) Supervisor’s name and phone number 

✓ Verification of any disciplinary action taken against you in another state

Step 4: Submit Application and Payment

Once you’ve gathered the required documentation, fill out the electronic application form (License by Reinstatement). You must complete this online. If you are unable to access an electronic version of the application, contact the registry.

As you are submitting an online application, you must pay all applicable fees electronically as well. You can do this by credit/debit card (See here).

Step 5: Wait for the Result

The processing time is 30-60 business days, however, exceptions do exist during peak processing times such as at the end of July or after a holiday. You can check the license status online with your profile. Once approved, it’s good for 2 years and can be used to apply for jobs throughout Alabama state.

If you have any questions about the CNA license, renewal, or verification process call during regular office hours. Alternatively, if you need more information on this subject visit our FAQ post and contact us with your question through email.