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Professional Regulation

Temporary RN/LPN Permit



When to File

File this form ONLY IF you have ALREADY FILED an application for a Delaware RN or LPN license AND you meet ALL of the following conditions:

  • You have a job offer.
  • If you applied by examination, your start work date will be before you take the exam. If you applied by endorsement, your start work date will be before the endorsement process is complete.
  • Where your offer of employment must be located depends on whether you applied by examination or endorsement:
    • If you applied by examination, your offer of employment must be in Delaware. If you applied by endorsement and are a Delaware resident, your offer of employment may be in Delaware or in another compact state. However, if you applied by endorsement and you are not a Delaware resident, your offer of employment must be in Delaware.

If you have not yet filed an application for a Delaware RN or LPN license, STOP. Do not file this application. You must apply by examination or endorsement first.

 

Requirements

  • Enclose the non-refundable temporary permit fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.” Applications without this processing fee will be rejected.
  • If applying by examination, we must receive the following before issuing the temporary permit:
    • official transcript
    • copy of your job offer letter
    • State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history report.
  • If applying by endorsement, we must receive the following before issuing the temporary permit:
    • Nursing reference form
    • copy of your job offer letter
    • State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history report.

    The instructions and forms you need for the above items are included with the license application.

 

After You Apply

The Board office will issue your temporary permit within seven business days of receiving all required information. To verify when it is issued, see Search & Verify a Professional License. We will mail the permit to you. You cannot pick it up at our office.

  • If you applied by examination, your temporary permit expires 90 days after your graduation date. However, if you fail the examination, it expires immediately.
  • If you applied by endorsement, the permit expires 90 days after issue.

Do not begin orientation or employment until you are assigned a temporary permit number.


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