Division of
Professional Regulation

Genetic Counselor

General Information

The documentation that you are required to submit in support of your application depends in part on the type of application you are filing. Therefore, it is important to correctly identify the type of application:

  • Original License – Apply for an original license if you
    • have certification from the American Board of Genetic Counselors (ABGC) or the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG), but
    • do not meet the requirements for a license by reciprocity.
  • Reciprocity – Apply for a license by reciprocity when all of the following are true:
    • You hold a current license to practice genetic counseling in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia), and
    • A jurisdiction where you hold a current license has licensing requirements that are at least equal to Delaware’s requirements, and
    • No outstanding or unresolved complaints are pending against you.
    Even if you hold a current license in another jurisdiction, you cannot be licensed by reciprocity if either of the other requirements is not met. For example, if you apply by reciprocity but the Council determines that no jurisdiction where you hold a current license has licensure requirements equal to those of Delaware, you would have to meet the requirements for original licensure, instead of reciprocity.
  • Provisional License – Apply for a provisional license if ABGC has granted you Active Candidate Status.

Requirements for All Applicants

The following summarizes the documentation requirements for all applicants. The application form may request additional documentation based on your answers to the questions.

  • Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks. Follow the instructions on the form to arrange to be fingerprinted.
  • Complete, sign and submit the Delaware Child Protection Registry Request Form to the Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families following the instructions on the form.
  • If you already have ABGC or ABMGG certification, arrange for the Council office to receive verification that you are certified as either a genetic counselor by the ABGC or ABMGG or a medical geneticist by the ABMG. The certifying organization must send the verification directly to the Council office.
  • If you have ever been licensed to practice genetic counseling in another jurisdiction, arrange for the Council office to receive a “letter of good standing” sent directly from each jurisdiction where you have ever held a genetic counselor license. Internet or faxed verifications will not be accepted because the state seal must be affixed to the document.


Additional Requirement for Reciprocity Applicants

Submit copies of the licensing/practice statutes and regulations pertaining to the practice of genetic counseling from each jurisdiction where you hold a current license. The Council will determine the equivalency of the licensing requirements of the jurisdictions where you are currently licensed to those of Delaware.


Additional Requirement for Provisional License Applicants

When you become an active candidate for ABGC certification, you may apply for a provisional license to practice genetic counseling.

  • A provisional license is valid for up to one year from date of issuance.
  • When you pass the certification examination, you must apply for an original license or license by reciprocity. When your original or reciprocity license is issued, the provisional license will automatically expire.
  • If you fail the examination, you must notify the Council office. You may renew the provisional license one time only.

Arrange for the Council office to receive verification of your active candidate status, sent directly from ABGC to the Council office. To request verification of active candidate status, see ABGC’s Credential Verification form and instructions on ABMGG’s Verification of Certification Status web page.

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