When to File Reinstatement Application

File the Application for Reinstatement of RN or LPN License when you want to practice in Delaware and you either :

  • hold a Delaware RN or LPN license that is in inactive status, or
  • previously held a Delaware RN or LPN license that has expired and the late renewal period has ended.

If you are currently licensed in another nurse licensure compact state, file this application only if you are moving to a non-compact state or to Delaware.

Before completing this application, you must:

  • meet the practice requirement, or
  • complete a Board-approved refresher program.

Section 6.6 of the Rules and Regulations explains these requirements.

For information about reinstating Advanced Practice Nurse licenses, see Application for Licensure as an Advanced Practice Nurse.

Requirements for All Applicants

  • Submit a completed, signed and notarized Application for Reinstatement of RN or LPN License.
    • If your name has changed since you were previously licensed in Delaware, enclose a copy of a legal document changing your name (e.g., marriage certificate, divorce decree).
    • Follow instructions carefully. You must answer all questions unless the instruction says to skip them. Do not leave answers blank if the instruction says to enter them. If an answer is “none,” enter None. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
    • Read the AFFIDAVIT section and sign the application in front of a notary public. Forms that are unsigned or not notarized will be rejected.
  • Enclose the processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.” Applications submitted without the processing fee will be rejected.
  • Enclose a copy of your driver’s license or official identification card from the Division of Motor Vehicles.
    • The state (or other jurisdiction) on the identification you provide is considered your home state of residence.
    • If you don’t have a driver’s license or official identification from the Division of Motor Vehicles, you may submit a voter registration card, federal tax return, military form 2058 or a Form W-2 showing your home state of residence.
  • If you are currently licensed in another state or jurisdiction, attach a photocopy of each current nursing license.
    • License must show an expiration date.
    • If there is a signature section on your license, sign it before copying.
  • 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. You must complete this requirement even if you recently had a criminal background check done for some other reason.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive Nursing Reference Form(s) as follows:
    • If you have been employed as the same type of nurse for which you are applying for at least the past six months, send a form to each nursing employer where you worked during the past six months.
    • If you have not been employed as the same type of nurse for which you are applying for at least the past six months but you graduated from your nursing program within the past two years, send a form to your nursing school for completion.
    • If you have not been employed for at least the past six months and you did not graduate from nursing school within the past two years but you were employed as the same type of nurse for which you are now applying within the past five years, send a form to your most recent nursing employer(s) where you worked for at least six months.
    • After completing the form, the employer(s) (or nursing school) must return the form by mail directly to the Board office. Forms received from you will be rejected.
    • A reference form is not required if you have:
      • not been employed as the same type of nurse for which you are now applying in the past five years
      • completed a Board-Approved Refresher Course in the past two years
  • Complete the Verification of Continuing Education form following the instructions on the form.
    • Enter all courses/programs you have completed over the past two years.
    • RN’s are required to complete 30 contact hours. LPN’s are required to complete 24 contact hours.
  • Enclose certificates of completion for the courses/programs you list on the Verification of Continuing Education form.
    • Certificates must show a date, number of credit hours awarded and a signature of the provider. Transcripts are also acceptable.
    • If you do not submit a completion certificate or transcript, you will receive no credit for the course/program.

Temporary Permit for RN or LPN

For information on applying for a temporary permit, see RN/LPN Temporary Permit.  Carefully read the instructions about when you may apply. Do not begin orientation or employment until you are assigned a temporary permit number.