How to Renew CNA License in California

CNAs have to periodically renew their license, if they want to continue working in healthcare. HCPs are asked to keep their credentials updated, in order to stay sharp and updated with best practices. Every state has a different set of renewal requirements, however, and California is not an exception. For your convenience, we have made this CNA license renewal guide to ensure a hassle free renewal process. 

Figure Out the Renewal Period 

CNA license renewal in CA must be done every two years. To avoid getting caught off guard, create an account on the official BreEZe portal. Not only will you receive a notification three months before your license expires, you can renew your license online. 

Fulfill Renewal Requirements 

Befoe you file your application, you have to complete a number of nursing license renewal requirements. First, you must complete 48 hours of in-service training and continuing education. Only 24 of these hours can be finished via remote learning programs. Online or in-person, this education can only be completed under a course and provider approved by the California Board of Nursing. 

You also need to work a number of salaried CNA hours, under a licensed HCP supervisor. This has to have taken place within the two year renewal period.

Finally, you need to submit a maintained criminal record clearance for CNA work. 

Apply for online licensure renewal 

Through the official BreEZe online portal, you can submit your CNA license renewal application online.  For any clarifications, you can refer to the official BreEZe guide here

To quickly summarize: register your certificate information, to create a BreEZe account.  From the Quick Start Menu, go to the Licensed Activities Section and hover over “it’s time to renew.” If your License is within 90 days of expiration, you can click “Select.” Read the Renewal Introduction carefully, as it contains the requirements and other vital information, before clicking “next.” Be sure to answer all the questions correctly, and fill all forms with updated information. 

Once you have completed your application, you can click “proceed to payment.” Take note that expired CNA license renewal will incur additional fees. 

Contact information 

If you have more questions, you can refer to the official California Board of Nursing Site, over here. Alternate channels of communication include:  

Mail Address:

Board of Registered Nursing
PO Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-2100

Phone Number: 916-322-3350


Board of Registered Nursing
1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834-1924


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