New Mexico Department of Health
Our mission is to promote health and wellness, improve health outcomes, and assure safety net services for all people in New Mexico.

Certified Nurse Aide Registry

This program certifies nurse aide training programs in New Mexico and maintains the certified Nurse Aide Registry (NAR).

Search the Registry

Use this site to search the New Mexico nurse aide registry.The New Mexico Nurse Aide Registry Search website serves as primary source verification of the credential issued by the State of New Mexico and allows you only to check the NAR.

NOTE: You are not able to check criminal background, dependent adult abuse, child abuse, sex offenders, or professional licensing statuses from this site.

Training and Competency Evaluation Program

Use this site to take the New Mexico nurse aide exam.All New Mexico Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) applications must be completed online at the New Mexico Nurse Aide Exam website.


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A New Mexico employment verification form is required for recertification.

Mail the form and renewal fee to:

ATTN: New Mexico Nurse Aide Program
7941 Corporate Drive
White Marsh, MD 21236

NOTE: There is a $21.00 renewal fee. Be sure to include a money order for this amount with your recertification form. Cash and personal checks are not acceptable, only money orders.


The following documents are required for reciprocity (transfer) of a CNA to work in NM.

NOTE: Copies may be sent using our mailing address and fax numbers on the right sidebar.


A transfer of a CNA from New Mexico to another state requires verification from the state a CNA is transferring to. Verification forms are available from CNA registry business office of other states. A CNA is responsible for acquiring the verification form from the State nurse aide registry of a state other than New Mexico.

Once the verification form is acquired, do the following:

  1. Fill out top portion of the Verification Form with your individual information.
  2. Forward the original to the New Mexico CNA office.

NOTE: Copies may be sent using our mailing address and fax numbers on the right sidebar.

Once the verification form is received, the New Mexico CNA coordinator will verify your certification in the New Mexico registry, and will date, sign and stamp the official New Mexico Department of Health Nurse Aide Registry seal on the verification form and will mail it to the state you are transferring to.

The CNA must follow-up with the NAR of the reciprocating state within 3-4 weeks.

Training Programs

There are multiple CNA training programs located throughout the state. If you need assistance locating one in your area, contact the NAR program coordinator Delfinia Sandoval.

Paying Test Fees

The State of New Mexico will pay test fees for candidates who have been offered employment or are currently employed by a Medicaid certified nursing facility. In order for the state to pay your test fees, an authorized facility representative must complete Part C of your application.

If you are not eligible for state payment, you must pay your own test fees in the following manner:

Test Fee Rates

The following table provides the details of the tests and related fees.

Test Test Fee State Tax You Pay
Clinical Skills Test and Written Test $100.00 $5.00 $105.00
Clinical Skills Test and Oral Test $110.00 $5.50 $115.50
Clinical Skills Test (Retakes Only) $63.00 $3.15 $66.15
Written Test (Retakes Only) $37.00 $1.85 $38.85
Oral Test (Retakes Only) $47.00 $2.35 $49.35

NOTE: The rescheduling/no show fee is equivalent to the original test fee(s).