CNA License Reciprocity in Massachusetts

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

Transferring your license to Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts Registry, read our page about how to get on the Massachusetts CNA Registry.

CNA license reciprocity in Massachusetts


Amount: $0
Details: Free of charge




Online application: No
Form: Yes, link to form here

How to

Fill in the form:

  1. Fill in Applicant Information & Current Registration.
  2. Send the application to the State Registry where you are currently certified.
  3. Your current State Registry will complete Confirmation of State Registry section.
  4. If you are in good standing, your current State Registry will return your application to you, and you will then submit the completed application yourself.
  5. If you are not in good standing the current State Registry will send the application directly to the MA Registry Program.

Please note that completed applications must be submitted to the Massachusetts Registry Program within 30 days of completion of the verification from the other state’s Nurse Aide Registry.

Instructions for California, Louisiana, Colorado, North Carolina, Missouri, Wisconsin, Virginia, North Dakota, Georgia and Tennessee Nurse Aides: These states no longer process written verification for Certified Nurse Aides. If you wish to complete Reciprocity from these states to Massachusetts, complete the Application Information and Current Registry Information sections of the application and return it to MA Nurse Aide Registry. MA Nurse Aide Registry will complete the verification process.

Employer input required?


Current state input required?


Methods of filing

Online application: No
Email: No
Mail: Massachusetts Department of Public Health ATTN: MA Nurse Aide Registry Program, 67 Forest Street, Marlborough, MA 01752
Fax: No

Support contact

Call: 1-617-753-8144

Information last updated in

October 2023

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