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Licensing Services

Certified Nurse Aides 


  • Original License by Examination: You are applying to take an examination in order to qualify for licensure in Colorado. All applicants for license by examination must apply through the Pearson Vue website.
  • Original License by Endorsement:  You hold an active license in another state and wish to apply for licensure in Colorado. This does not apply to the Medication Aide Authority.
  • Renew: You currently hold a Colorado license and are in a renewal period.
  • Reinstate: Your Colorado license has expired and you wish to reinstate the license. 


Licensing Requirements

  •  Click here for licensing requirements for Colorado Certified Nurse Aides. 
  •  Click here for licensing requirements for Colorado Medication Aide Authority.
  •  Click here for information on the new Colorado Medication Aide Authority competency examination.
  • Click here for the complete Medication Aide Authority examination candidate handbook.



Those wishing to apply for a certified nurse aide license by endorsement can now do so using our online system.  Please use the link below to be directed to Online Services.  Upon your first visit, you must register an account with the division.  An instructional video for how to create a new account is available hereTo view the items to qualify for CNA licensure by endorsement, view the CNA License by Endorsment Online Application Checklist.


Application for Original License by Examination
(links to Pearson Vue website)

Certified Nurse Aide - Online Application for License by Endorsement

Application to Reinstate an Expired License


Application for Medication Aide Authority



License Expiration Grace Period for New Applicants. All new applicants who are issued a license within 120 days of the upcoming renewal expiration date will be issued a license with the subsequent expiration date. For example, licenses issued between October 1, 2013 and January 31, 2014 will reflect a license expiration date of January 31, 2016. Licenses issued prior to October 1, 2013 will reflect an expiration date of January 31, 2014 and must renew in the upcoming renewal period.

License Renewal Information. All Nurse Aide certifications expire on January 31 of even-numbered years and must be renewed to continue practicing.



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Please review our list of Frequently Asked Questions for quick answers and email information.


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