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
All applications are submitted our online system DELPROS. We no longer accept paper applications.
PRIOR TO APPLYING
In order to apply for a license or submit a service request, you must first have a DELPROS user account. To LOG IN or CREATE a DELPROS (Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services) use r account:
- Go to: https://delpros.delaware.gov/OH_HomePage.
- Click GO on the Apply/Manage a License and Service Requests tile.
- If you do not have a DELPROS user account, click the REGISTER button on the left side of page for NEW USERS.
- If you already have a DELPROS user account, enter your email address and password on the right side for EXISTING USERS and click the LOGIN button.
DELPROS allows you to save your incomplete application and return to it later to finish the process. You only have six (6) months to submit your application once you begin.
- If you do not submit your application within six months of starting it, you will be required to restart the entire online application again.
You may check the status of your application online throughout the entire application process by using the “View Application Status” feature in DELPROS on your e-License dashboard.
KNOW YOUR REQUIREMENTS AND COLLECT YOUR DOCUMENTS
- Know the requirements for the license you are pursuing.
- Request and gather all documents required to upload on the Attachments page. All information and forms are located on your profession’s webpages.
ATTACHING AND ACKNOWLEDGING DOCUMENTS
On the ATTACHMENTS page of your application, you may be instructed to:
- either “attach” or “upload” the required document(s) directly to your application. This means you will find the document(s) saved on your computer or device and upload it to your application.
- click “acknowledge” . This means you will either have to mail the documents yourself or request the “third-party” mail the document(s) directly to the Board office.
- Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and license verifications from another state.
- Forms requiring a supervisor signature, seal, or notary may have to be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document.
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.