When to File Reinstatement Application

File the Application for Reinstatement of RN or LPN License form is used 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 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).
  • Enclose the processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • Enclose a copy of your driver’s license or official identification card from the Division of Motor Vehicles.
  • 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 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.
    • If the Board office receives an incomplete Nursing Reference Form from your employer because it is your employer’s policy not to comment on performance, the Board office will contact you to submit a copy of your most recent employee evaluation. Obtain this evaluation yourself; do not ask your employer to forward a copy. This is needed in addition to , not instead of, the Nursing Reference Form.
  • 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. If you do not submit a completion certificate, no credit will be awarded for the course/program.

Requirements for a Temporary Permit

Apply for a Temporary Permit only if you have an offer of employment and plan to start the employment before the reinstatement process is completed (4-6 weeks). Your prospective place of employment must be in Delawareunless :

  • you are a Delaware resident, and
  • your employment will be in another compact state (listed above).

To apply...

  • Complete TEMPORARY PERMIT section of the application
    • Do not begin orientation or employment until you are assigned a temporary permit number .
    • If you are also applying for an APN license and need an APN Temporary Permit, apply only for the APN Temporary; do not complete the TEMPORARY PERMIT section of the Reinstatement application.
  • Enclose temporary permit fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.” This fee is in addition to the processing fee for the application.
  • Enclose a photocopy of job offer letter

The Board office must receive results of the criminal background check before issuing a temporary permit.

The temporary permit is issued for 90 days and may be extended.