How to Transfer Your CNA License to Texas

How to Transfer Your CNA License to Texas

A CNA license gives you access to an in-demand, high-paying career that has lots of room for growth. And, the good news is that your license can go with you if you move states. In order to transfer your CNA license to Texas, you will need to follow a certain procedure. However, once the process is complete, you will be all set to pursue a rewarding nurse assistant career in the Lone Star State. Here is an overview of the process for moving your licensure from a different state to TX.


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Contact the Texas Nurse Aide Registry

For the most up to date information regarding the process for transferring your CNA license to the Lone Star State, you may want to reach out to the Texas Nurse Aide Registry. They can give you the most detailed information regarding the transfer process and requirements. You will also work through the Registry to complete much of the process. 

Ensure Your Eligibility

In order to move your license with you to Texas, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. Chief among them is to be in possession of an active license. You should also be in good standing with your current state and fulfill the following requirements


  • Have proof of having completed a training course of at least 100 hours
  • Not be listed as unemployable on the EMR
  • Not have been convicted of a criminal offense
  • Have completed in-service hours within the last 2 years
  • Be listed as active on another state’s registry


Once you determine you are eligible, you can proceed with the next steps to moving your license over to Texas.


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Fill out appropriate forms

In order to become a licensed CNA in Texas, you will need to download and complete two forms: The 5505-NAR and the 5506-NAR. The first is a request to join the National Aide Registry and the second is a verification of employment and eligibility to transfer your CNA license to Texas. Both forms should be completed in full and submitted to the NAR along with the proper documentation. 


Collect and submit the proper documents

In addition to the right forms, you will also need to collect specific documents to complete the process of moving your CNA license to Texas. These documents can include the following: 


  • Proof of any in-service courses
  • Proof of current CNA certification
  • Verification of current license
  • Training and/or competency exam records
  • Proof of identity 
  • Any other documents as requested by the NAR


Together, your forms and documents will confirm your education, active status and eligibility to transfer your license to Texas. You can submit them to the NAR following their specific instructions. 

Undergo a background check

Any CNA wishing to transfer their license to Texas must undergo a criminal background check. This process may also include fingerprinting. You can complete your criminal history check through the Texas Department of Safety. 

 You must also not appear on the Employee Misconduct Record (EMR). Failure in either of these two areas could mean that your transfer will not be approved. However, if the check and the EMR come back clean, you may proceed with the license transfer.
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Wait for processing

Once you have submitted all the documentation, you will need to wait for your license to transfer. The entire process could take up to several months to complete, although you could finish the transfer in just a few weeks.

As a result, you should start the process as soon as possible. Giving yourself plenty of lead time reduces the chance that you will be unable to start work in Texas when you want to.


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