Division of
Professional Regulation

Applying for a Professional License


Delaware law requires persons and businesses in certain professions to obtain a valid license  from the Division of Professional Regulation before practicing the profession or operating the business in Delaware. The purpose of professional licensing is to establish that the person or business is qualified and meets all requirements to provide services in the profession. Certain events also require a permit from the Division.

Professional License vs. Business License
A professional license from the Division of Professional Regulation is not the same as a business license from the Delaware Division of Revenue.  Some businesses need both. For information about Delaware business licenses, see One Stop Business Registration and Licensing.

Submitting Your Application and Documentation

To find out whether you need a Delaware professional license and how to apply, find and click your profession below.  The link will take you to the home page for your profession.  You can select the type of license you wish to apply for and other information on the left-hand menu. Every application form starts with an Instructions section. Please read and follow the instructions carefully.

Fees required to process your application are non-refundable.

A Board/Commission may need to approve your license before the Division issues it.  To ensure that your application is ready for review before the Board/Commission meets, submit your application and arrange the Division to receive all required documentation at least ten days before the meeting  date.  The meeting schedule is on the Board/Commission website.

If your profession does not  does not appear on the list, it may be one that does not require a professional license or that another agency handles.  See also  Related Websites.

Receiving a Delaware License

While the Division is processing your application, you can check its status at Search & Verify Professional License. If the license is approved, the Division will notify you and send you a license certificate. The license will display a license number and expiration date.

A license’s expiration date depends on the type of license it is, not on when it was issued. Most professional licenses expire on a specific date every two years, but a few expire every year. For example, all Physician MD licenses expire on March 31 of odd years, but Veterinarian licenses expire on July 31 of even years. The Renewal page of each profession’s website explains the normal expiration of each type of license in the profession.

Generally, the expiration date on the first license you receive won’t be a full one- or two-year period. This means that your first renewal will be due sooner than a full license period. For example, if the type of license you’re issued normally expires on January 31 of even years, your first license will expire on January 31 of the next even year even if that date is less than two years from the issue date.

    Exception: When your first license is issued less than four months before the next normal expiration date for that type of license, the expiration is pushed out another full license period. For example, if the license type’s normal expiration date is June 30 of even years but your first license is issued in April of an even year, only two months before the next upcoming expiration, your first license’s expiration date won’t be until June 30 of the next even year (two years and two months away).



To go to its website, find and click your profession.