CNA License Reciprocity in Virginia

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

CNA license reciprocity in Virginia


Amount: $0
Details: Free of charge




Online application: Yes, see here
Form: No

How to

Fill in the online application:

  1. Create an account, here
  2. Click on “Initial Application” in the left menu
  3. In “Profession” click on “Nurse Aide”
  4. In “License Type” click on “Nurse Aide”
  5. In “Obtained by Method” click on “Endorsement”
  6. Choose the state in which you are currently registered and active in “State/Province”
  7. Click on “Start Application”
  8. Click on “Click here to begin your application process”
  9. Fill in the information required in “Demographics”, “Address of Record”, “Education”, “Certification History” (including all the states in which you hold a certification)
  10. Answer all the questions in “Certification Questions”
  11. Review the form, enter your full name and click on “Finish”
  12. Any additional supporting documentation which may be required depending on your answer to certain questions must be mailed or faxed (see details below)

Processing time: 30-45 days


  • FL, MD, CA: If certified in these states prior to 1992, you may not meet requirements for endorsement
  • MD: MD issues certifications for geriatric nurse aide (G.N.A.), NOT a certified nurse aide (C.N.A.), in order to be eligible for endorsement in Virginia. Maryland’s C.N.A. is not equivalent to Virginia’s C.N.A designation and does not meet the endorsement requirements. If you were certified as a GNA during 1992, the Board will need verification that you took the nurse aide competency exam
  • AL, IL: If certified in these states and two years or more have elapsed since that State’s registry office has been informed of employment for you by your employer, the Board will send you additional paperwork in order to obtain your employment history
  • SC (prior to 10/1/02), NC (after 1998), Hawaii (prior to 2008), FL: These states did/do not approve all education programs through the nurse aide regulatory authority. Therefore, if you challenged the State test through having completed a non-approved program, a preparatory, or a one/two-day review program, you would not meet the requirements for endorsement. Please provide proof of program completion (certificate/letter from program director) from your original State of certification.

Employer input required?


Current state input required?


Methods of filing

Online application: Yes
Email: No
Fax: Yes, (804) 527-4455
Mail: Yes
Virginia Board of Nursing
Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233

Support contact

Email: [email protected]
Call: (804) 367-4515

Information last updated in

November 2023

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