Objective and Function

The primary objective of the Delaware Board of Pilot Commissioners is to protect the public from unsafe practices. The Board must also maintain standards of professional competence and service delivery. To meet these objectives, the Board

  • maintains standards of pilot competency and standards in delivery of services
  • formulates rules and regulations
  • adjudicates complaints against professionals and, when necessary, imposes disciplinary sanctions.

The Board issues licenses to river pilots in six classes (first class through sixth class) and apprentices.

The Board's statutory authority is in 24 Del. C., Chapter 1.


The Board meets at least quarterly. At each meeting, the date and time of the next meeting are decided. All meetings are open to the general public and are held in the Cannon Building, 861 Silver Lake Boulevard, in Dover. See the meeting calendar.



NOTICE ABOUT APPRENTICE PILOTS: The Delaware Board of Pilot Commissioners is accepting Apprentice Pilot applications from September 1, 2016 through October 14, 2016 only. Click here to access the Application for Apprentice Pilot or click on Forms on the right navigation bar.

The interviews will take place on November 4, 2016 between 9am and 4pm only. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive a notification with your scheduled time.

Phone - Fax - Email
(302) 744-4500
(302) 739-2711

Mailing address:
Cannon Building,
Suite 203
861 Silver Lake Blvd.
Dover, DE 19904