CNA License Reciprocity in North Carolina

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

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

CNA license reciprocity in North Carolina


Amount: $188
Details: Administration Fee and Criminal Background Check


Yes, fingerprint-based State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history checks. See details here on where to get the above checks depending on where you are currently residing.


Online application: Yes, see here
Form: No

How to

Fill in the online form

  1. Create an account with the Nurse Portal
  2. Once you’re logged into your account, click on “Application” and “Endorsement Application”
  3. Follow the online application process
  4. You will need to provide the following:
    • Name, location and year of graduation of your basic school of nursing.
    • State, year and license number of original license by examination.
    • State of current license and license number.
    • Dates of employment and position(s) held for last two (2) nursing employers. 
    • All U.S. Member Boards in which you have EVER been licensed.
    • Social Security number issued by U.S. Social Security Administration.
    • Verification from original state of license and, if different, last state practiced.
  5. Fill in the Verification of Current Status Form, available here, and send it to the State in which you are currently or were last employed.

Employer input required?


Current state input required?

Yes, see the Verification of Current Status Form here. If your state does not keep licenses on an online registry, you must fill in the Verification of Nurse Licensure here and send it to your current state (fees may apply).

Methods of filing

Online application: Yes
Email: No
Fax: No
Mail: No

Support contact

Information last updated in

May 2024

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