CNA License Reciprocity in Iowa

To ensure a smooth transition as you consider working as a travel CNA in Iowa or moving to Iowa, understanding CNA reciprocity in the state is crucial. This process allows you to transfer your out-of-state CNA license to Iowa seamlessly. In the following, we’ll explain the specific requirements and steps for an out-of-state CNA license transfer to Iowa, enabling you to navigate the license reciprocity process with ease.

Transferring your license to Iowa using reciprocity requires you to already have a CNA license in another state. If you’re looking to register your first CNA certification on the Iowa Registry, read our page about how to get on the Iowa CNA Registry.

CNA license reciprocity in Iowa


Amount: $0
Details: Free of charge




Online Application: Yes, link here
Form: Yes, link here

How to

Apply online:

  1. Open the online application portal here
  2. Sign in and follow the instructions online

Fill in the form:

  1. Open the application form here.
  2. Fill in section 1 of the form, including the employment history section.
  3. If available, include a copy of your present Registry certification card as well as a legible copy of your Social Security Card.
  4. If you have a pending job offer in Iowa, section 2 of the form needs to be filled out by your new employer.
  5. All information can be mailed or faxed to the Registry.

Employer input required?

Yes, employment must be verifiable and employers will be contacted for confirmation.

Current state input required?


Methods of filing

Online application: Yes
Email: No
Fax: Yes, to 515-281-6259
Mail: Yes, to:
Iowa Direct Care Worker Registry
c/o Iowa Dept. of Inspections and Appeals
Lucas State Office Building, 3rd Floor
321 East Locust St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319-0083

Processing time: Usually 2 weeks

Support contact

Phone: Contact the Iowa Direct Care Worker Registry at 515-281-0108.

Official website

Information last updated in

April 2024

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