Division of
Professional Regulation

Physician Assistant Licensure

Physician Assistant Prescriptive Authority

This application includes a section to concurrently apply for Prescriptive Authority. Prescriptive Authority enables you to prescribe medication under the supervision of a licensed physician in Delaware.

  • If you do not wish to apply concurrently for Prescriptive Authority, you may apply later. To apply later, use the
    Physician Assistant Application for Prescriptive Authority 
  • Prescriptive authority alone does not confer the right to prescribe controlled substances in Delaware. To prescribe controlled substances, you also need a Controlled Substance Registration (CSR). See the Important information about Prescribing Controlled Substances section below.
  • If you apply for your Physician Assistant license and CSR at the same time, the CSR application will be processed after your prescriptive authority is approved. When your Delaware CSR is approved, you must then file for a federal DEA registration for Delaware.


Requirements for All Applications

  • Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks. Follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted.
  • If you now hold, or have ever held, a PA license in any jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia) other than Delaware, arrange for the Board office to receive a Verification of Physician Assistant License form from each jurisdiction where you have held a license.
  • Request a self-query from the National Practitioner Data Banks (NPDB) website at The self-query report will be mailed to your address. When you receive the report, mail (do not fax) the original report to the Board office.
  • Complete, sign and submit the Delaware Child Protection Registry Request Form to the Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families following the instructions on the form.


Additional Requirement for FCVS Applicants

Delaware accepts the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). For more information, see

  • Arrange for the Board office to receive your Physician Assistant Information Profile from FCVS.


Additional Requirements for Non-FCVS Applicants

  • Submit an 8″ X 11 1/2″ copy of your Physician Assistant diploma.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive a Verification of Physician’s Assistant Education form from the PA program from which you graduated.
    • The program from which you graduated must be AMA-approved.
    • The Board office must receive the completed form directly from the school. The school’s seal must be affixed to the form. If no seal is available, the form must be notarized.
    • Internet verifications or faxed verifications will not be accepted.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official Verification of Certification from NCCPA, sent directly to the Board office.


Additional Continuing Medical Education Requirement

Submit proof of 100 hours of continuing medical education (CME) when

  • you hold a current PA license in another jurisdiction or you are reapplying for Delaware PA licensure that lapsed
  • your CME within the past two years is current.

The CME must consist of 50 hours of AMA Category I CME (Section 13.2.2 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations).


Temporary Licensure

The temporary permit allows you to practice until you have passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and your permanent license is issued. You may be granted a temporary license if you have:

  • graduated from an accredited PA program and otherwise meet all the licensure requirements except for passing the PANCE, and
  • registered to take the next available PANCE.

The temporary license remains valid until the examination results are available. If you fail the PANCE, the temporary license immediately becomes null and void and you must cease practicing as a PA.

To apply for a temporary permit…

  • Answer “yes” to Question 3 on the application form.
  • Enclose the temporary license fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.” This fee is in addition to the processing fee for your application. However, you may combine the fees in one check or money order.

Important Information about Prescribing Controlled Substances

If you receive prescriptive authority, you may prescribe only non-controlled substances. To prescribe controlled substances in Delaware, you must have:

  • at least one supervising physician for each individual business/practice where you practice in Delaware
  • Delaware CSR
  • Federal DEA registration for Delaware (a DEA registration in another jurisdiction is not sufficient)

If you practice at more than one business/practice, you need only a single CSR to prescribe at all of the locations.  However, every Delaware location where controlled substances are dispensed/stored must be covered by a CSR.  If no other practitioner (i.e., physician, PA or APRN) holds a Delaware CSR for a location where you will store/dispense, as well as prescribe, controlled substances, you must file for an additional CSR for the location.

To apply for a CSR(s), see Application for Controlled Substances Registration – Physician’s Assistants. For Federal DEA registration, see DEA New Registration Applications.

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