Here are the requirements for transferring your out-of-state CNA certificate to California by reciprocity:
- You must submit a completed Initial Application (CDPH 283B) indicating that you are trying to seek reciprocity in California. California's Initial Application is used for various processes therefore, it is important to follow the sample on how to correctly complete the application for reciprocity.
- Complete the Live Scan fingerprint process in California by visiting a Live Scan Agency that provides fingerprinting services and submit the completed Request for Live Scan Service (BCIA 8016) form to California Department of Public Health, Aide and Technician Certification Section. You must obtain a criminal record clearance in order to receive a CNA certificate. You may complete the Live Scan fingerprint process in California by visiting a Live Scan Agency such as a police department, sheriff department, Fed Ex, USPS, etc. You must complete all areas indicated in this sample and the Live Scan Agency will complete the bottom half.
- You must submit a copy of your out-of-state CNA certificate as proof that you hold an active certificate in the state you wish to transfer from. If initial certification was received more than two years ago, you have to submit proof of work (pay stub or W2) to show you have provided nursing or nursing related services in a facility to residents for compensation under the supervision of a licensed health professional within the last two years.
- In order to verify your out-of-state certificate, you must complete and submit the Verification of Current Nurse Assistant Certification (CDPH 931) form. You have to complete Part I of the form with your information (sample), and then send the form to the state in which you currently hold the CNA certificate. Your endorsing state will complete Part II of the form and submit it to California Department of Public Health, Licensing and Certification Program, Aide and Technician Certification Section.
There is no fee to process your application and you may contact the California Department of Public Health, Aide and Technician Certification Section at (916) 327-2445 if you require additional help with this process.