CNA Registry in New Jersey

Who maintains the CNA registry in New Jersey?

New Jersey Department of Health
Office of Program Compliance
Division of Certificate of Need and Licensing
PO Box 358
Trenton, NJ 08625-0358
Phone: 1-866-561-5914
Alternate Phone: 609-984-0015
Fax: 609-633-9087
Main Website:
Alternate Website:

Who investigates complaints in your state?

New Jersey Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
PO Box 852
Trenton, NJ 08625-0852
Phone: 877.582.6995

The New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH) is responsible for maintaining the CNA Registry in New Jersey. The NJ DOH is also responsible for dealing with any complaints from consumers, as well as investigating any complaints from employers or other interested parties about unlicensed care provided by a CNA or other health care provider.

CNA License Requirements in New Jersey

The New Jersey CNA license has some specific requirements. These requirements include taking a pre-license course to learn about the medical field, completing a certain number of hours of training, and passing a board exam with a certain score.

The required course consists of two parts – the first is an classroom course and the second is hands on training. In order to be qualified for the exam, you must complete at least 90 hours of training that includes 50 hours in classroom learning and 40 hours in hands-on clinical practice. You also need to pass your boards with a score of 75% or higher. To learn about the requirements and the coursework, visit this post.

Follow the steps to get a nurse aide license in New Jersey:

  • Step 1: Find a state approved nurse aide program
  • Step 1: Complete the required training hours
  • Step 2: Pass the board exam
  • Step 3: Apply for the certification

How to Verify your CNA License Status in New Jersey?

Verifying your license status in New Jersey is easy and straightforward. You can verify it online, by visiting the registry’s website or by calling them on their toll-free number at (866) 561-5914. Verification can be made in person as well by visiting the registry’s office during the office hours.

To verify your license online, follow the steps:

  • Step 1: Visit the CNA verification website
  • Step 2: Enter CNA license number (or full name)
  • Step 3: Verify the license status

How to Renew your CNA License in New Jersey?

The Board of Nursing in New Jersey requires that any CNA who has a license must renew their license every two years. The renewal process include a minimum of 7 hours of paid work and a criminal background report.

The registry board will send reminder notices to renew your license 60 days before your license expires, along with a renewal form. You can also apply for the renewal at any time during this period by filling out an application form from the registry website.

Renewal Requirements

Minimum 7 hours of paid work within 24 months

Renewal Fee



24 Months

Time Required

Two to Three Weeks

Transferring a Out of State CNA License to New Jersey

If you are a CNA licensed in another state, you can transfer your license to New Jersey. The process is simple and can be done by contacting the Department of Health.

The process for licensing as a nurse aide in New Jersey is very similar to other states. You must have an active license with good standing and complete the application form with your current licensure information. You will then be required to pass a criminal background check, drug screen, and NATCEP test.

Contact the New Jersey CNA registry for more information.