CNA License Reciprocity in Rhode Island

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

CNA license reciprocity in Rhode Island


Amount: $35
Details: Administrative fee


Yes, see details here. If positive BCI, a detailed explanation is required for each incident. BCI must be dated within 4 months of the date of this application.


Online application: No
Form: Yes, see here

How to

Fill in the form

  1. Complete the Application with the cover page
  2. Enclose check or money order (preferred), made payable (in U.S. funds only) to the RI General Treasurer in the amount of $35.00 (non-refundable) to the upper left-hand corner of the first (Top) page of the application.
  3. Enclose a copy of your Driver’s License or state-issued ID.
  4. Enclose your original BCI (Background Check) with stamp and seal from the RI Attorney General’s Office only (see above).
  5. If applying for expedited military status, please complete the Military Expedition Form at the end of the application form
  6. Send the completed Interstate Verification Form on page 6 to your current State for approval. If you hold a valid certification in more than one state, you must complete the form for each state
  7. Select one of the two routes for endorsement:
    • Evidence of 100 Nursing Assistant Training Program Hours: enclose a copy of your Nursing Assistant Training Program Certificate of Completion or a letter from your school on company letterhead. Evidence must state the number of hours and must include a minimum of 20 hours of practical clinical training under supervision
    • OR
    • Evidence of 3 Months of Employment as a Nursing Assistant: provide an employer’s statement that you have at least 3 months of full-time work experience within the last year as a Nursing Assistant Completed Employment Verification Form enclosed in this application. See below.

Processing time: 60 days

Employer input required?

Yes, if this route to endorsement is selected. Complete the top section of the form and send the form to your employer. This verification must include one (1) hour per month of in-service training for each month you have been employed. Your employer will send the form directly to the Rhode Island Department of Health

Current state input required?

Yes, you must send the completed Interstate Verification Form for each state in which you hold a valid license. The states will complete the form and send it to the Rhode Island Department of Health directly.

Methods of filing

Online application: No
Email: No
Fax: No
Mail: Yes,
Rhode Island Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill, Room 104
Providence, RI 02908-5097

Support contact

Call: (401) 222-5888

Information last updated in

November 2023

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