General Information

  • If you hold a current Chemical Dependency Professional license in another jurisdiction (state, the District of Columbia or U.S. territory), follow the instructions for applying by reciprocity.

  • If you do not hold a current Chemical Dependency Professional license in another jurisdiction and you currently certified by the Delaware Certification Board Inc. (DCB), National (NAADAC) or other national mental health specialty certifying organization, follow the instructions for applying by certification.

Requirements for All Applications

  • Enclose the processing fee by check or money order made payable to the "State of Delaware."
  • Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request state and federal criminal background checks. Follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a verification of licensure from each jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory, District of Columbia ) where you now hold, or have ever held, a license to practice as a mental health professional. You may use the Verification of Licensure form enclosed with the application packet to request the verification.
  • If you are certified by the Delaware Certification Board Inc. (DCB), arrange for the Board office to receive a Delaware Certification Board, Inc., Certification form. If you are certified by NAADAC, arrange for the Board office to receive a NAADAC Certification form. The forms must be sent directly from the organization to the Board office. Follow the instructions on the forms.
    • If you are certified by both organizations, certification forms from both are required.
    • If certified by NAADAC, you must be certified as either a National Certified Addictions Counselor (NCAC or MAC).
    • If certified by the DCB, you must be certified as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
    • For DCB contact information, see www.delawarecertificationboard.org.
    • For NAADAC contact information, see www.naadac.org .
    • If you are certified by an organization other than DCB or NAADAC, the organization must be acceptable to the Board. Arrange for the Board office to receive verification of your certification sent directly from the organization to the Board office. In addition, provide other documentation to help the Board evaluate the organization.
  • If you have never been issued a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN), submit a Request for Exemption from Social Security Number Requirement.

Additional Requirements for Applications by Certification

If you are applying by certification instead of reciprocity, you must submit documentation of your counseling education and post-Masters experience in substance abuse counseling in addition to the items listed in Requirements for All Applications above. A resume will not be accepted in lieu of or in addition to the forms listed in this section.

Click Post-Masters Mental Health Counseling Experience Requirements for more information.

  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript showing your Masters degree, sent directly from the college/university to the Board office.
    • The transcript must show that you have 30 graduate semester hours in counseling or subjects closely related to counseling .
    • If you have more than one graduate degree, arrange for the Board office to receive official transcripts for all of them.
  • To verify the minimum 3200 hours of substance abuse counseling experience, arrange for the Board office to receive Counseling Experience Verification forms completed and signed by your administrative or clinical supervisor(s) or, if you were self-employed, completed and signed by a person whom you designate as an objective agent.
    • The person completing the form must mail it directly to the Board office.
    • The forms must clearly indicate the number of unsupervised substance abuse counseling experience hours.
  • To verify the required minimum 1600 hours of supervised counseling, arrange for the Board office to receive one or more Supervision Reference forms completed and signed by your approved clinical supervisor(s).
    • The person completing the form must mail it directly to the Board office.
    • The forms must clearly indicate the number of supervised substance abuse counseling hours.

Additional Requirements for Applications by Reciprocity

Whether or not documentation in addition to that listed in the Requirements for All Applicants section above is required depends on whether you have been licensed in good standing for five years in any of the other jurisdictions where you hold a current license.

  • If you have been licensed in good standing for five years in any other jurisdiction where you now hold a current license, no further documentation is needed.
  • If you have been licensed less than five years in each individual jurisdiction where you are currently licensed, submit copies of the other jurisdictions' licensing statute and rules and regulations for the Board to review. The Board will determine if any of the other jurisdiction's statute/rules and regulations are substantially similar to those of Delaware.

If you apply by reciprocity with less than five years of practice in any other jurisdiction and the Board later determines that none of the other jurisdictions' requirements are substantially similar to those of Delaware, you will be asked to provide the additional documentation of your counseling education and experience as listed in the Requirements for Applications by Certification section above. The Board will then consider you for licensure by certification.