When to Apply
Use these instructions when you are applying for Delaware licensure as a Funeral Director. To apply for licensure, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- To apply by resident internship, you must complete a Delaware Resident Internship.
- To apply by reciprocity, you must hold a current Funeral Director license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia) and have practiced as a funeral director at least three of the past five years.
If you meet neither of the requirements above, you must serve a one-year internship in a Delaware-licensed funeral establishment under the sponsorship of a Delaware-licensed Funeral Director. To apply for an internship, file the Application for Resident Intern Registration.
Requirements for All Applicants
The following requirements apply to all persons filing for Funeral Director licensure, regardless of whether or not you have completed a Delaware Resident Internship.
- Submit a completed, signed and notarized Application for Funeral Director Licensure.
- Enclose the non-refundable processing fee for Funeral Director by check or money order made payable to "State of Delaware."
- Complete the Authorization for Release of Information form to request a State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check. Follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted. This is required even if you recently had a criminal background check done for some other reason.
- If you have ever held a funeral license of any kind in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia), arrange for the Board office to receive a letter of good standing from each jurisdiction where you are now (or have ever been) licensed, sent directly from each jurisdiction to the Board office.
- If the jurisdiction issues separate licenses for funeral directors and embalmers, letters of good standing for both licenses are required.
- If you have never been issued a United States Social Security Number (SSN), submit a Request for Exemption from Social Security Number Requirement.
Additional Requirements for Applicants by Resident Internship
If you have served a Delaware Resident Internship, you must also meet these requirements.
- If you have not already done so, submit the required 25 embalming reports and four quarterly reports.
- If you have not already done so, arrange for the Board office to receive your official National Board Examination score report sent directly from the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. To request a score report, see Official Scores.
- Your sponsor must submit a notarized letter from your sponsor confirming that you successfully completed your internship.
State Examination Requirement
All applicants, whether applying for licensure by resident internship or by reciprocity, must pass an examination on Delaware law, rules and regulations with a minimum score of 70%.
- The Board must review your Application for Funeral Director Licensure and all other required documentation, listed above, before you can schedule the examination.
- When the Board has approved your application contingent on your passing the exam, the Board office will notify you to schedule the examination.
- For complete information about the examination, see the Delaware Laws, Rule & Regulations Examination Candidate Handbook. To register online for the examination, see LRR Registration Form.
- The testing service will send your examination results directly to the Board office. Allow two business days for the Board office to receive your results.
- The Board office will issue your license when it receives your examination results.