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License by Reciprocity

When to Apply

Apply by reciprocity if you hold a current license as a Cosmetologist, Master Barber, Barber, Aesthetician, Nail Technician or Electrologist in another state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia and wish to apply for the same type of license in Delaware.

  • If you do not hold a current license in another state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia, you must apply by examination.
  • If you previously held a Delaware Cosmetologist, Master Barber, Barber, Aesthetician, Nail Technician or Electrologist license that has been expired over five years, you must apply to reinstate that license.

Selecting the Method of Reciprocity

During the application process in DELPROS, the online portal, you will have to determine whether you are applying by Method 1 or Method 2.

  • Method 1 means that at least one jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia) where you are currently licensed requires the same (or more) hours as Delaware.
  • Method 2 means that all jurisdictions where you are currently licensed require fewer hours than Delaware.

Both methods require you to have passed a written and practical examination which was professionally developed and used on a national basis. Below are the hours that Delaware requires for each license type:

  • Cosmetologist, Master Barber, or Barber – 1500 classroom/3000 apprenticeship hours
  • Nail Technician – 300 classroom hours/600 apprenticeship hours
  • Electrologist – 300 classroom hours/600 apprenticeship hours
  • Aesthetician – 600 classroom hours/1200 apprenticeship hours

It is important to choose the correct method so you submit the correct documents. Choosing the wrong method may delay your application process.

If you don’t know how many hours are required in the places where you’re currently licensed, check with the licensing agency in each jurisdiction. See the Directory at

Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

Applications are processed in DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services). The online license application process is simple and provides you with clear instructions throughout each stage of the application process. We strongly recommend that you understand what the requirements are for the license you are pursuing. Then, request and gather the documents you need before you begin the application process. Most of the information and forms are on this website. For further clarification of requirements, refer to your profession’s License Law and the Rules and Regulations.

In order to apply for a license or service request, you must have a DELPROS account. To create a new account or log into an existing DELPROS account, follow the instructions at the beginning of the application process. As part of the final steps of the application process, DELPROS instructs you to either “attach” or “upload” the required documents directly to your application and/or to “acknowledge” that you will either send them in yourself or make arrangements for “third-party” documents/forms to be sent to the Board office. Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state. Official license verifications and/or transcripts are acceptable when received electronically directly from the State Board or school/institution. Note that forms requiring a signature, seal, or notary must be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document. All documents received by mail are scanned and attached to the appropriate license records.

In DELPROS, you have the ability to save your application and return to it to edit/update information or upload documents for up to six months. However, if you do not submit your application within six months, you will have to restart your online application process. The Board office begins processing applications shortly after submission in the portal. You may check the status of your application in the DELPROS system throughout the whole process and we will correspond with you by email. The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).

Requirements for All Applicants

In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:

  • A copy of all current licenses you hold in other places. At least one license must be current when the Board reviews your application.
  • State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification sent directly to the Board office from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or have ever held a license.
    • This requirement applies regardless of whether or not the license is current.
    • The verification must be sent directly from the other jurisdiction to the Board office.
    • You may use the Verification of Licensure for Reciprocity form to request the verification. If you are applying for a Delaware Master Barber, the verification from the jurisdiction where you hold a current, equivalent license must reflect that you are allowed to do chemical processing.

Additional Requirement for Method 2 Applicants

In addition to submitting the application, fee, and supporting documentation required in the previous section, in DELPROS, you must also submit:

  • Proof that you have experience in the field in which you are applying for a Delaware license. The proof must show that you have a total of one continuous year of experience in the past five years. The year must be a full uninterrupted year of work while holding a license in the same field of cosmetology to which you are applying. The documents you must submit depends on whether you gained the experience while employed or self-employed are as follows:
    • For periods when you were employed, submit a notarized statement from a present or previous employer(s) in the jurisdiction where you are licensed. The statement(s) should give your employment dates and describe the work you did during that period.
    • For periods when you were self-employed, submit tax forms.

Request for Additional Shaving Certification

If you already hold either a Cosmetologist license or a Cosmetology Instructor license and wish for your license to reflect that you are qualified to teach shaving, you may submit a Service Request for Additional Shaving Certification. For instructions on how to submit a Service Request in DELPROS, the online portal, click HERE.

In order to qualify, you must:

  • be a Delaware-licensed Cosmetologist or Cosmetology Instructor.
  • have completed a shaving course consisting of at least 35 hours of instruction in shaving that was taught by a licensed Barbering Instructor.
  • upload the Delaware Shaving Course Certification form in your Service Request application. The form must be completed and signed by a school official or Barber Instructor authorized to teach or a transcript showing that you have completed the required shaving coursework.


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