A 9-Step Guide to Renewing Your Maryland CNA License

A 9-Step Guide to Renewing Your Maryland CNA License

Dr. Charlene Brown
Dr. Charlene Brown
Founder, Caregiver Jobs Now

It's that time of year again! Time to renew your Maryland CNA license. Here's our comprehensive 9-step guide to working with the Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON) to renew your certified nursing assistant license. This step-by-step guide reviews the MBON online system for renewal, your costs, documentation requirements, and timelines. Good luck with getting your CNA license up-to-date. 

Step 1: Get started on your Maryland CNA renewal

  • It's all online now and you'll need to use the Maryland Nursing Assistant Certification Online Renewal System.
  • The good news is that you DO NOT need approval from your supervising RN!

Step 2: Know your CNA license renewal costs

  • It will cost you $40 and you or your sponsoring agency will be asked to pay online.
  • It will also cost you in time filling out paperwork and completing the other steps below.

Step 3: Obtain a criminal background check 

  • The Maryland Board of Nursing (MBON) calls this background check the Criminal History Records Check or CHRC.
  • If your CNA expires on 3/28/2020 or 4/28/2020, you will need a background check to renew, even if you already did this in the past!
  • You CANNOT renew without a new criminal history background check.



Step 4: Find approved background check locations

  • There are vendors that have been specifically approved by the Board of Nursing.
  • Please review how to meet the new background check requirements.
  • Also, visit the Board of Nursing's list of FAQs on this topic.
  • You will need to submit CHRC receipts, either by email (mbon.cna@maryland.gov) or by mail to the:
    • RENEWAL DEPARTMENT at 4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215.

Step 5: Register online and have your SSN ready 

  • Go to the Maryland CNA Lookup page.
  • Log in by entering your name, CNA certification number, and Social Security Number.
  • Once you have logged in, follow the instructions on the screen.

Step 6: Use the MBON license lookup system

That's okay, you can find it online. Just look it up by visiting the Maryland CNA License Lookup and following the steps below:

  • Click Profession and a drop-down list will appear. Select “Nursing Assistant”.
  • Click License Type and a very long drop-down list will appear.
  • Scroll down and select the CNA or GNA or other license types that apply to you.
  • Enter your Last Name
  • Enter your First Name
  • Click the “Search” button on the right-hand side near the bottom of the box.
  • See our video below on how to look up your CNA license number. 

Step 7: There's a 30-day grace period, if you miss the due date

  • You have a 30-day renewal grace period.
  • This means that you can renew for up to 29 more days after your Maryland CNA license expires.

Step 8: Let your employer pay to renew your CNA 

  • To get started, you will need to register and start the process following the instructions above.
  • Your employer will have to log in to the website, but only after you have registered online and started the process.
  • Make sure that the person paying for it knows when you have completed your registration so that they can log in.
  • You can learn more by visiting this page from the Maryland Board of Nursing.

Step 9: Apply for CNA jobs, once your license is renewed

  • Once you have renewed your Maryland CNA license, CLICK HERE to find and apply to CNA jobs near you.
  • If you are an out-of-state CNA and moving to Maryland from out of state, follow these simple steps on how to transfer your CNA license to Maryland.

You may email the Maryland Board of Nursing directly with any questions about your Maryland CNA license renewal here: mbon.cna@maryland.gov

Source: The Maryland Board of Nursing Website

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA)


Dr. Charlene Brown

Dr. Charlene Brown is the Founder of CaregiverJobsNow, a caregiver marketplace and jobs platform connecting caregiving professionals to meaningful jobs. She is a recognized expert in public health who is Board-certified in Preventive Medicine, a graduate of Harvard Medical School, and licensed to practice medicine in the State of Maryland.

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Charlene from Caregiver Jobs Now said:

Abby--I recommend checking directly with the Maryland Board of Nursing for a printed renewal form if that is still an option. As far as we know, the CNA renewal process is now online.

Abby said:

Can I have a copy of the CNA renewal form printed for manual application .in Maryland .?

Charlene from CaregiverJobsNow said:

Hi Andria. Your question is an important one. Since your Maryland CNA license expired around 10 years ago, you'll need to redo CNA classes from an approved CNA program and take the Maryland CNA certification exam again. Your experience as a CNA will help you do well in the classes and, hopefully, pass the exam!

Andria said:

I obtained my CNA license in 2009 or 2010 and they expired how do I go about reinstating them?