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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.


Prometric is the leading global provider of comprehensive testing and assessment services and manages the New Mexico NATCEP the following benefits are available.

  • Clinical Skills Checklist
  • New Mexico Nurse Aide Registry Application
  • New Mexico Nurse Aide Name/Address Change Form
  • Testing Calendar
  • General Instructions for Taking Skills Test
  • Nurse Aide Certificate Sample Test
  • Clinical Skill Test, Space, Equipment and Supplies Requirements
  • Clinical Skill Timing Information
  • Indirect Care Behavior
  • Measurement Forms


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 listed on the 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

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:

  • Money orders or cashier’s checks made payable to Prometric are accepted. Personal checks/cash are not accepted.
  • To pay by credit card, add your information to the application.
  • Fees must be included with the application. Applications received without proper payment will be returned.
  • Your name and Social Security number must be written on the money orders/cashier’s checks.

Test Fee Rates

Please see our Nurse Aide Registry Test Fee Rates document for details of the tests and related fees.


  • CFR 42 §483.152 — Requirements for Approval of Nurse Aide Training and Competency
  • NMAC 16.12.20 — Hearing Requirements for Certified Nurse Aides
  • NMAC 7.1.9 — Caregivers Criminal History Screening Requirements (See for Disqualifying Convictions)