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