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Funeral Director Licensure



When to Apply

To apply for Delaware licensure as a Funeral Director, you must:

  • have completed a Delaware Resident Internship, OR
  • hold a current Funeral Director license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia) AND have practiced as a funeral director at least three of the past five years.

If you do not meet either of the requirements above, you must serve a one-year internship in a Delaware-licensed funeral establishment under the sponsorship of a Delaware-licensed Funeral Director first. To apply for an internship, see Funeral Resident Intern information on this website and then submit an application in DELPROS online portal.


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).


Requirements

The following requirements apply to all persons filing for Funeral Director licensure, regardless of whether or not you have completed a Delaware Resident Internship.

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.
  • 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, letters of good standing for both licenses are required.


Additional Requirement for Applicants by Resident Internship

In addition to submitting the application, fee and supporting documentation required in the previous section, Resident Interns may still need to submit any or all of the following items in DELPROS:

  • An official request to the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards to have your official National Board Examination score report sent directly to the Board Office. To request a score report, see Official Scores.
  • A notarized letter from your sponsor a confirming that you successfully completed your internship.

If you have already submitted all of these documents, you do not need to resubmit them.


State Examination Requirement

All applicants, whether applying for licensure by resident internship or by reciprocity, must pass an examination on Delaware law, rules and regulations with a minimum score of 70%.

  • The Board will review your Funeral Director Licensure application and all other supporting documentation that you submitted. When the Board approves your application contingent on passing the exam, the Board Office will notify you that you may schedule the examination.
  • For complete information about the examination, see the Examinations webpage.
  • The testing service will send your examination results directly to the Board office. Allow two business days for the Board office to receive your results.
  • The Board office will issue your license when it receives your passing exam results.

 


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