Nurse Aide Registry in Ohio

Who maintains the CNA registry in Ohio?

Christine D. Allen
Bureau of Regulatory Operations
Ohio Department of Health
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-2412
Phone: 800.582.5908

Who investigates complaints in your state?

David Holston
Bureau of Regulatory Operations Office of Ohio Department of Health
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-2412
Phone: 614.644.6220

The Ohio Department of Health is responsible for maintaining and updating the CNA registry in Ohio. All nurses who are certified in the state must register with the department.

CNA License Requirements in Ohio

In order to get your CNA license in Ohio, you must first join an approved CNA program. You will then take the required training that is required by the state of Ohio and pass a board exam.

To learn more about the requirements and coursework for the program, visit our this post.

Follow the steps to get a STNA license in Ohio:

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

How to Verify your CNA License in Ohio?

The process of verifying your CNA license is simple and can be done online or through the mail. If you are not sure how to proceed with this process, you can contact your current employer or state board of nursing.

Here are three ways to verify your license status in Ohio.

  1. Call the registry and ask them for a verification letter that you can use as proof of your status.
  2. Visit the verification portal online here: Ohio Nurse Aide License Verification
  3. Visit the state’s licensing office in person.

How to Renew your CNA License in Ohio?

A nurse aide license must be renewed every two years. To do so, you must complete 8 hours of paid work within your previous certification time.

Renewing a CNA license in Ohio is easy and can be done online. The application process includes filling out the renewal form, and paying the renewal fee.

Follow the steps to renew your nurse aide license:

  • Step 1: On the CNA Verification website, verify your license status.
  • Step 2: Click on Renew CNA License.
  • Step 3: Read the renewal requirements and fill out the application.
  • Step 4: Pay the renewal fee.
  • Step 5: Receive confirmation massage of renewal.

Renewal Requirements

Minimum 8 hours of work within 24 months

Renewal Fee

The renewal fee will be mentioned in your renewal form


24 Months

Time Required

Two to Three Weeks

Note: Ohio Department of Health will mail you a reminder with a renewal form attached to it. You must fill up the renewal form and mail back to the registry.

Transferring a out of State CNA License to Ohio

Ohio has reciprocity agreements with many other states. If you hold a license in one of these states, you can transfer your license to Ohio without taking the state-specific exam. However, It requires an active and in good standing certificate from the state that you are transferring from.

For more information contact the Ohio CNA registry.