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Division of
Professional Regulation

Acupuncture or Eastern Medicine Practitioner

When to Apply

Use the following guidelines to identify the type of licensure you should apply for:

  • Acupuncture Practitioner – You have earned a Diplomate in Acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) or an equivalent organization.
  • Eastern Medicine Practitioner – You have earned a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) or an equivalent organization. The Acupuncture Advisory Council may waive this Diplomate requirement under specific circumstances as outlined in 24 Del. C. §1798 (c).

You may apply for licensure by reciprocity or original licensure based on the following:

  • Apply by original license if you do not hold a current license of the same type in another jurisdiction (state, D.C. or U.S. territory).
  • Apply by reciprocity if you meet all three requirements below:
    1. You hold a current license of the same type in another jurisdiction (state, D.C. or U.S. territory)
    2. The jurisdiction where you currently hold a license has licensing requirements that are equal to Delaware’s requirements
    3. You do not have any outstanding or unresolved complaints pending against you.

The supporting documentation you must submit depends on the type of application you are submitting.

Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

All applications are submitted our online system DELPROS. We no longer accept paper applications.


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) user account:

  1. Go to:
  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.


  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.


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 mail the documents yourself or request the “third-party” to mail the document(s) directly to the Board office.
    • Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, or 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.

Requirements for All Applicants

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

  • A State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check (CBC). Follow the instructions on the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted. Submit both the form 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.
  • Proof of your eastern medicine/acupuncture education as follows:


IF you are applying for… AND IF you… THEN arrange for the Board office to receive verification of your:
Acupuncture Practitioner Diplomate in Acupuncture from the NCCAOM or an equivalent organization.
Eastern Medicine Practitioner have a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine Diplomate in Oriental Medicine from  the NCCAOM or an equivalent organization.
do not have a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine education in acupuncture or eastern medicine sent directly from the educational institution to the Board office. The Council will determine if the Diplomate requirement may be waived under specific circumstances as outlined in 24 Del.C. §1798 (c).
  • A certificate verifying that you have completed a course or passed an examination in clean needle technique (CNT).
    • If you completed CNT before 1990 as part of the NCCA (predecessor of the NCCAOM) exam in acupuncture, the Council will accept the NCCA certification in acupuncture (achieved in 1990 or before) in lieu of the above-mentioned course certificate.
    • To request this verification from NCCAOM, complete the Clean Needle Technique Certificate/Verification Request Form available on Click “Clean Needle Technique Course” and then “Certificate/Verification Request.”
  • 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 eastern medicine or acupuncture license.
    • The jurisdiction’s seal must be affixed to the verification. Internet or faxed verifications will not be accepted.

Additional Requirement for Reciprocity Applicants

In addition to submitting the application, fee, and supporting documentation required in the previous section, in DELPROS, you must also submit:

  • Copies of or links to the licensing/practice statutes and regulations pertaining to the practice of acupuncture or eastern medicine from the jurisdiction(s) where you are licensed. The Council will determine whether the licensing requirements of any of the jurisdiction(s) are substantially equivalent to those of Delaware.


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