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Dental Hygienist License



When to Apply

DELPROS, our online portal, will assist you in determining whether you apply by reciprocity or by examination. Apply by reciprocity if you:

  • hold a current Dental Hygienist license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia), AND
  • have practiced as a Dental Hygienist at least three of the past five years.

If you do not meet both conditions, you must apply for licensure by examination and sit for the Delaware Practical Examination in Dental Hygiene. Both pathways to licensure (reciprocity and exam) require you to also pass the Delaware Jurisprudence exam. For more information about the dental exams, see Examinations.


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. These forms usually require a signature, seal, or notary, therefore, must be mailed into the Board office directly. 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).


Exam Applicants: Requirements Before the Practical Examination

You must submit the majority of the documentation that is required for licensure with your initial application in DELPROS.  The score report for the Practical Exam is required after you have pass the exam.

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

  • A copy of your current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification card.  The Board office must receive this document by the exam deadline.
  • An official transcript from your high school showing that you graduated, sent directly from the school to the Board office.
    • If you did not graduate from high school, submit a copy of your GED.
    • The Board office must receive this transcript or GED by the exam deadline.
  • An official transcript from Board-approved dental hygiene program showing your degree and date of graduation, sent directly from the school to the Board office.
    • If you have not completed your dental hygiene education when you apply, submit a letter from school officials, stating that you are in good academic standing and the expected date of your graduation.  After you graduate, the school must send the official transcript to the Board office.
    •  The Board office must receive one of these documents by the exam deadline.
  • A letter of reference attesting to your good moral character and reputation.
  • 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.
  • State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks (CBC). Follow the instructions on the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted. Submit the forms and payment to the State Bureau of Identification (SBI). Do not send these forms to the Board office.
    • Allow at least four weeks for the SBI to send criminal history records to the Board office.
    • A new criminal background check is required even if the person recently had a criminal background check done for some other reason.

 

When the deadline for the exam date passes, the Board office will mail examination packets to all candidates who applied on time and whose documentation it has received. Candidates who apply late will receive their examination packets only after the Board office confirms availability of a seat and receives all required documentation.


Examination Applicants:  Requirement After the Practical Examination

You must submit the following item after you have passed the exam in order to be considered for licensure:

  • Your National Dental Hygiene Board Examination score report, sent directly from the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations to the Board office.  See Score Report Request.


Requirements for Reciprocity Applicants

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

  • An official transcript from Board-approved dental hygiene program showing your degree and date of graduation, sent directly from the school to the Board office.
  • A copy of your current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification card.
  • Your National Dental Hygiene Board Examination score report, sent directly from the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations to the Board office.  See Score Report Request.
  • A letter of reference attesting to your good moral character and reputation.
  • 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.
  • A tax form W-2s or other proof that you have practiced actively for three years in another state or U.S. territory.
  • State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks (CBC). Follow the instructions on the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted. Submit the forms and payment to the State Bureau of Identification (SBI). Do not send these forms to the Board office.
    • Allow at least four weeks for the SBI to send criminal history records to the Board office.
    • A new criminal background check is required even if the person recently had a criminal background check done for some other reason.

 


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