CNA Registry

Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants & Direct Care Workers

What is the Certified Nursing Assistant & Direct Care Worker Registry?

The Maine Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) & Direct Care Worker (DCW) Registry is operated in accordance with the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA), state statues Title 22: §1812-G and Title 32: §2104, and the Maine State Board of Nursing requirements.

The Registry lists CNAs who, through training, competency testing, and clinical work experience, are authorized to work as CNAs in the state of Maine. It also lists certain Direct Care Workers.

Why are Direct Care Workers Placed on the Registry?

Per Certified Nursing Assistant and Direct Care Worker Registry Rules 10-144 Ch. 128 the State of Maine must maintain a registry of Direct Care Workers who have criminal convictions in the last ten years and/or substantiated findings of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of property.

Certified Nursing Assistant Qualifications

To be placed on the Maine CNA Registry, you must be able to provide official documentation of formal CNA training that meets Maine’s Rules as well as Federal OBRA Regulations, whether for immediate placement on the Registry or for completing the “Non-Traditional CNA Competency Testing Evaluation” testing. If you are not able to meet either of these, you will need to successfully complete an approved 180-hour CNA training course before you can be placed on the CNA Registry.

How to Apply for Listing as a Certified Nursing Assistant

If you are:

  • A new CNA applicant
  • A CNA from another jurisdiction
  • A CNA who has been inactive on the Maine registry for more than two years

You can fill out and submit the Certified Nursing Assistant Application (PDF) with the appropriate documentation, as detailed in the application, or apply online.

How to Do a Registry Look-up

The Registry look-up tool allows employers and the public to search for individuals on the Registry by entering their name or license number.

How to Renew your Certified Nursing Assistant License

A CNA license must be renewed every two years. The Division of Licensing and Certification will send out a renewal form approximately 45 to 60 days prior to the expiration of a current CNA license. This form can be filled out and returned to the Division, or you may renew your license through the online portal.

License Status Info for CNAs (Word)

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Notice: To report complaints of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation, please visit the complaint page.