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Podiatrist Licensure



 

Selecting Type of Application

The two types of application are Direct Application and Reciprocity. Which you choose depends on whether you are currently licensed in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia) and, if so, whether any of the jurisdictions has licensure requirements substantially similar to those of Delaware.

Select Direct Application if either of these situations applies to you:

  • You recently completed your residency year and are not licensed in another jurisdiction, or
  • You hold a current license in another jurisdiction(s) but you have not practiced podiatric medicine at least five years and none of the jurisdictions where you are currently licensed has licensure requirements that are substantially similar to those of Delaware.

Select Reciprocity if you are currently licensed in another jurisdiction and either of these situations applies to you:

  • A jurisdiction where you are currently licensed has licensure requirements that are substantially similar to those of Delaware, or
  • You have practiced podiatric medicine at least five years in a jurisdiction where you are currently licensed even though the jurisdiction does not have licensure requirements substantially similar to Delaware’s.

To compare the licensure requirements of a jurisdiction where you are currently licensed to those of Delaware, see Section 4.2 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.

If you select Reciprocity, the Board will compare the licensure requirements of each jurisdiction where you hold a current license to those of Delaware. If the Board determines that none of the jurisdictions has substantially similar requirements and you have not practiced podiatric medicine for five years, you would be required to meet the requirements for licensure by Direct Application because you cannot be licensed by Reciprocity.

 

Requirements for All Applicants

These requirements apply regardless of whether you apply by Direct Application or Reciprocity.

  • Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript sent directly from your school of podiatric medicine to Board office.
  • 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 authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted.
  • Request a self-query from the National Practitioner Data Banks (NPDB) website at https://www.npdb.hrsa.gov/. NPDB will mail the self-query report to your address. When you receive the report, mail (do not fax) the original report to the Board office.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive verification of licensure from each jurisdiction in which you hold, or have ever held, a license to practice podiatric medicine, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office. If applying by Reciprocity, you must hold a current license in at least one of these jurisdictions.

 

Additional Requirements for Direct Applicants

The following requirements apply only if you select Direct Application:

  • Submit a certificate or equivalent proof that you have completed your residency.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive score reports sent directly from the following exam services:
    • For scores on the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examinations (APMLE) Parts I and II, see www.apmle.org.
    • For scores on the APMLE Part III, see www.fpmb.org.

 

Additional Requirements for Reciprocity Applicants

The following requirements apply only if you select Reciprocity. To be licensed by Reciprocity without five years of practice, at least one jurisdiction where you are currently licensed must have licensure requirements substantially similar to Delaware’s. However, if you have practiced podiatric medicine for at least five years, it is not necessary for a jurisdiction where you are currently licensed to have licensure requirements substantially similar to Delaware’s.

  • Provide copies of the current Podiatry laws and rules/regulations from each jurisdiction where you are currently licensed.
  • If you have practiced podiatric medicine for at least five years, submit proof of five years of practice.
    • For periods of employment, arrange for your employers to submit Employment Verification forms directly to the Board office.
    • For periods of self-employment, submit copies of tax forms or business licenses.

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