Nurse Aide Registry

The state of Texas maintains a registry of all nurse aides who are certified to provide services in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities licensed by the DADS. To contact the nurse aide registry, please call 512-438-2050.

Nurse aide registration (certification) activities are conducted by the Nursing Facility Administrator Licensing Branch and include:

  • approval and monitoring of nurse aide training and competency evaluation programs (NATCEPs); and
  • issuance and continuance of nurse aide registrations, including oversight of nurse aide testing development and administration.

All nurse aides and nurse aide candidates are required to register in the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) Credential Management system at

Nurse aides renewing their certification are required to complete 24 hours of in-service education every two years. For a list of approved programs, see the tab to the left titled “Approved In-Service Education Programs”.

DADS also reviews and investigates allegations of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of resident property by nurse aides. If there's a finding of an alleged act of abuse, neglect or misappropriation, the nurse aide may request both an informal reconsideration and a formal hearing before the finding is placed on the registry.

DADS Nurse Aide Registry, Medication Aide and Employee Misconduct Registry Phone Line

The DADS toll-free telephone number providers previously used to check the Nurse Aide Registry, Medication Aide and the Employee Misconduct Registry is no longer in use.

DADS directs providers to verify employability of nurse aides using the Employability Status Check Search website. This website consolidates checks of the Nurse Aide Registry (NAR) and checks of other systems. Therefore, verifying a nurse aide's status through the Employability Status Check Search system is the equivalent of using the NAR and is considered in compliance with all applicable federal regulations and state licensure laws.

DADS has experienced technical difficulties with the implementation of the Credential Management system, causing the status of some nurse aides to show inaccurately in the Employability Status Check Search system. If a provider performed a status search 7/8/15-9/15/15, he or she should perform a new Employability Status Check search or contact the NAR program at 512-438-2050 to verify the status. DADS will issue written confirmation to the provider verifying the nurse aide's employability status. This letter should be maintained in the nurse aide's employee records.

Nurse aide enforcement activities are conducted by the Professional Credentialing Enforcement unit (512-438-5495) and include:

  • coordinating due process related to referrals of misconduct by a nurse aide that occur in nursing facilities; and
  • entering findings of abuse, neglect and misappropriation of resident property, as appropriate.

The State of Texas recognizes the contributions of our military service members, their spouses, and veterans.

Military service members or veterans may have met some licensing requirements as a result of their military service or other training, knowledge, and experience. Military spouses of current, active duty military service members may also have met some licensing requirements related to this status. Modifications to renewal requirements may also be available for some military service members on active duty.

For more information regarding special licensure provisions military service members, military veterans, or military spouses may qualify for, please see Senate Bill 1307, 84th Regular Legislative Session, 2015.

Military personnel, their spouses, and veterans who are interested in the nurse aide occupation and would like additional information regarding requirements may contact us via the "Contact Us" link above or at 512-438-2050.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to military service members, veterans, and their families for their dedicated service to the United States of America and to the State of Texas.

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Updated: September 24, 2015