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Funeral Resident Intern

When to Apply

All applicants, with the exception of the applicants who meet the experience requirement below to apply by reciprocity, must apply for a Funeral Resident Intern license and serve a one-year internship in Delaware. Apply for this license when you begin a resident internship with the intention of later applying for Delaware licensure as a Funeral Director. You only need to serve a Delaware resident internship if you:

  • do not hold a current Funeral Director license in any jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia)
  • do hold a current Funeral Director license in another jurisdiction but have not practiced as a funeral director at least three of the past five years.

If you hold a current license as a Funeral Director in another jurisdiction and you have practiced as a funeral director at least three of the past five years, you may submit the Funeral Director application in the DELPROS online portal. First, see the instructions and requirements for Funeral Director.

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).


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

  • 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.
  • A Statement of Sponsor form completed by your sponsor advising the Board that he/she will be your sponsor during your internship.
  • An official transcript sent directly from the high school where you graduated.
  • An official transcript sent directly from each college/university you attended.
  • An official transcript sent directly from your mortuary school. The transcript must show the degree conferred (if any) and date.
  • Your official National Board Examination score report if you have already taken the exam. The report should be sent directly from the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. To request a score report, see Official Scores.
    • If you have not already passed the National Exam, you must take and pass it and request the score report to be sent to the Board office before your internship ends.
  • 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. If the jurisdiction issues separate licenses for funeral directors and embalmers, verifications are required for both licenses.

Completing Reports During Your Internship

When the Board approves the internship, you will be notified of the beginning and ending dates. During this one-year period, you must complete and submit 25 embalming reports and four quarterly work reports. You may submit the reports periodically or you may submit all of them at the end of your internship using the Submit Additional Documentation option on your license tile in Your DELPROS online portal Dashboard.

After Completing Your Internship

At the end of the internship, you must submit a notarized letter from your sponsor confirming that you have successfully completed your internship.

State Examination Requirement

All Funeral Director applicants must pass an examination on the Board of Funeral Services Delaware law, Rules and Regulations with a minimum score of 70% before licensure can be approved. When you are finished with your internship, you should first review the information about taking the exam on the Examination webpage. Also, see information about Funeral Director licensure on this website. Then, follow the directions for applying for the Funeral Director license in DELPROS.

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