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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

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:

  1. Go to: https://delpros.delaware.gov/OH_HomePage.
  2. Click GO on the Apply/Manage a License and Service Requests tile.
  3. If you do not have a DELPROS user account, click the REGISTER button on the left side of page for NEW USERS.
  4. 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

  1. Know the requirements for the license you are pursuing.
  2. 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).


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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