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Registered Nurse Certification in Delaware

Registered Nurse Certification in Delaware

The responsibility of issuing the registered nurse certification in Delaware to the eligible candidates is assigned to the Delaware Board of Nursing, which ensures the health, welfare and safety of the citizens of the state. Certification validates your qualifications, abilities and skills, and allows you to practice in a particular clinical or functional area of nursing.

List of Compact and Non-Compact States

Non-Compact States

Alabama, Alaska, Montana, California, Nevada, Connecticut, New Jersey, DC Washington, Ohio, West Virginia, Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia, Oregon, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Washington, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Wyoming, Michigan, Idaho, South Carolina, Indiana, South Dakota, Missouri, Vermont, New York, Kansas, Minnesota


Compact States

Arkansas,  Maine, Arizona, Colorado, Mississippi, Iowa, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Missouri, North Carolina, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee,  South Dakota, Virginia, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Utah

Requirements to Obtain an RN License

There are two ways to gain registered nurse licensure- by examination or endorsement.

1. By Examination

The applicants, who wish to take the NCLEX-RN examination and are the residents of either Delaware or a non-compact state, may apply for an RN license by examination.  They must meet the following requirements:

    • Submit an application for licensure by examination. Before submitting it, ensure that it is complete, duly signed and notarized.
    • A processing fee of $124 should be payable to the State of Delaware either in the form of a check or money order.
    • Request a criminal background check by filling the “Authorization for Release of Information” form.
    • Enclose a photocopy of your official identification card or driving license from the Division of Motor Vehicles. In case, you don’t have any of them, you may submit federal tax, military form 2058, voter registration card return, or a Form W-2 addressing your home state of residence. A passport may be submitted only if you want to practice in Delaware and not in other compact states.
    • Attach a photocopy of your Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) certificate if you have obtained the nursing education outside the U.S.
    • Request your nursing school in the U.S. (including U.S. territory) to send an official transcript describing the degree and the date directly to the Board office.
    • Complete the “Nursing Reference Form” provided at the end of the application form, and send it to your nursing school for completion. The school is required to send it back directly to the Board office via mail, after completing it.
    • If you do not have a Social Security Number (SSN) issued in the U.S., then submit the following form for an exemption from the SSN requirement.

2. By Endorsement

The applicants, who hold an active nursing license in District of Columbia or another state or U.S. territory, may apply for RN license by endorsement. In addition to the above requirements mentioned in licensure by examination, they must also fulfill the following criteria:

  • Must meet one of the following:
    • Currently residing in DelawareOR
    • Currently not residing in any of the compact statesOR
    • At present, residing in another compact state, but planning to move to another non-compact state or Delaware.
  • If possible, the applicant must complete one of the following requisites prior filling the application:
    • Complete graduation from the Board accredited nursing program within the last 24 months, or
    • Complete a refresher program, recognized by the Board, or
    • Take nursing practice of at least 1000 hours during 60 months (5 years), or
    • Undergo nursing practice of at least 400 hours during 24 months (2 years).
  • Enclose a copy of your current and active license from another state or jurisdiction.
  • Submit verification of your original license.

Procedure to Gain RN License

1. By Examination

The step-by-step procedure to obtain an RN license by examination is explained below.

  • Register yourself with the testing vendor, Pearson VUE, using the following link in order to take the online NCLEX-RN exam:
  • When all the received documents are approved, the Board will notify the Pearson VUE (if you meet all the eligibility criteria), and an ATT (Authorization to Test) form will be sent to you via email.
  • After receiving the ATT, schedule an appointment to take the test.
  • On passing the exam, the license will be sent to you by the Board via mail. You’ll receive the exam results on your email.
  • If you don’t qualify, the Board will send you an “Application for Re-Examination” along with the result via email.

2. By Endorsement

The procedure to obtain the registered nurse certificate by endorsement is as follows:

  • Submit the signed, notarized and completed application form with the required fee and documents to the above mentioned mailing address of the Board office.

Temporary Permit

The applicants can apply for a temporary permit only if they have applied for an RN license and fulfill the following requirements:

  • When you applied for the certificate, you didn’t apply for a temporary permit.
  • You must have a job offer.
  • If you have applied for license by examination, the date to initiate your work will be before taking the exam. On applying by endorsement, it will be before the completion of the endorsement process.
  • Your job offer must be in Delaware, if you have applied by examination.
  • If you are a resident of Delaware and have applied by endorsement, your employment offer may be in another compact state or Delaware. In case, you are not a resident of Delaware; your job offer must be in this state.

How to apply?

  • Enclose a check or money order of a non-refundable fee of $35 made payable to the State of Delaware.
  • Enclose a photocopy of your job offer letter.

License Verification

For providing verification of original license, the applicants may use any of the following method:

  • Written VerificationYou may apply for written license verification only if you aim to verify it for Veterans Administration healthcare facility or regional office, Advanced Practical Nurse license, or visa screen.The procedure to complete a written application is given below.
    • Enclose the appropriate fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to the State of Delaware depending on the list below.(i)   $20 for license verification(ii)  $30 for per special verification:
      • Architect Exam Scores
      • Real Estate Licensure History
      • Accountancy CPA Exam Scores
      • Pharmacy Internship Hours
      • Barbering and Cosmetology Exam Scores or School Hours
    • After completing the details of the application form, submit it with the required fee to the following address:[Enter Name of Board or Profession]
      Division of Professional Regulation
      Cannon Building
      861 Silver Lake Boulevard, Suite 203
      Dover, Delaware- 19904

Renewal of the RN License

The Delaware nursing license is renewed biannually. The applicants are required to attest the documents of completion of continuing education.

Continuing Education (CE) Requirements

The number of contact hours depends on when the license was issued and how you were licensed (by examination or endorsement).

If your license was issued by:

If you have had your Delaware license

Number of Contact Hours


Less than 2 years


Greater than or equal to  2 years





Lee than 1 year


At least 1 year but less than  2 years


Greater than or equal to 2 years



The applicants are required to renew their RN license online using the following link:

Processing Fees for License Applications

Go to the below provided link for getting more information on the application fees.

Renewing a Lapsed License

It is illegal to continue your practice with a lapsed license. A lapsed license may be renewed within two months time of its expiration date by filling a renewal application online and paying the appropriate fee (renewal fee in addition to a late fee). Applicants must apply to reinstate their RN license if it has been lapsed for more than 2 months.

Inactive Status Request

If the applicants no longer wish to continue their practice and are presently not practicing nursing, they may request to change their active license to an inactive license using the following procedure:

  • Submit a written application requesting for an inactive status.
  • Submit a fee of $35 with the application.
  • After completion of processing of your request, notification of inactive license status will be sent to you.

Note: Although your license is inactive, you will have to renew it by the expiry date. No practice or continuing education is required for keeping your certificate in inactive status.

Reinstatement of the RN License

The license may be reinstated if the applicant wishes to practice nursing in Delaware and meets any of the following conditions:

  • Hold a Delaware license in inactive status.OR
  • Hold an expired Delaware license and the late renewal period has ended.

Note: For licensees licensed in another compact state, file this application if you are planning to move to Delaware or a non-compact state.

For reinstatement of the registered nurse certificate, the applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • Application fee of $186 in the form of a check or money order must be made payable to the State of Delaware.
    • Completed the “Authorization for Release of Information” form for criminal background check.
    • Enclose a photocopy of your official identification card or driving license from the Division of Motor Vehicles.
    • You’ll find the “Verification of Continuing Education” form attached with the reinstatement form. You are required to fill it completely.
    • If you haven’t issued a Social Security Number (SSN) in the U.S., submit the following form for an exemption from SSN requirement:

Duplicate License

You may request for a duplicate license using the online services.

How to check the application status?

In order to check the status of your license application, you may use the online services using the following link:

If you are already registered, then use your user ID and password for using these services.

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