Objective and Function

The primary objective of the Delaware Board of Nursing is to protect the public health, safety and welfare. To meet this objective to safeguard life and health, the Board

  • develops standards for professional competency
  • promulgates rules and regulations
  • adjudicates complaints against professionals and, when necessary, imposes disciplinary sanctions.

The Board issues licenses to registered nurses (RNs), practical nurses (LPNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

The Board's statutory authority is in 24 Del. C., Chapter 19. Delaware is a member of the interstate nurse licensure compact covered in 24 Del. C., Chapter 19A.


The Board meets the second Wednesday of the month at 9:00 a.m., with the exception of August and December. All meetings are open to the general public and are held in the Cannon Building, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, in Dover.

To ensure that business (such as a license application) is on the agenda for the Board's consideration at its next meeting, submit all documentation to the Board office no later than 4:30 PM ten full working days before the meeting date.



Two new laws impact Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who practice in Delaware. Governor Markell signed Senate Substitute No. 1 for Senate Bill No. 101 and Senate Bill 57 on September 1, 2015.  For a summary of key changes, see Important Information for APRNs about Changes in Delaware License Law. Changes that affect applicants for Delaware APRN licensure have been incorporated into the application instructions.

NEW RULE REQUIRES CONTINUING EDUCATION ON SUBSTANCE ABUSE: The Delaware Board of Nursing Rules and Regulations now require Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses to complete continuing education (CE) on substance abuse. Starting with your next renewal, at least three of your required contact hours must be in the area of substance abuse.  For more information about this requirement, see Question 10 in the Frequently Asked Questions.

Phone - Fax - Email
(302) 744-4500
(302) 739-2711

Mailing address:
Cannon Building,
Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904