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Temporary APRN Permit

When to Apply

You may only submit an application for a Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) temporary permit if you have already submitted or simultaneously submitting an application for a Delaware APRN license.

General Information

A Temporary APRN Permit allows you to practice as an APRN in Delaware until your APRN license is issued.

  • Delaware temporary permits are not valid for work in any other jurisdiction.
  • If you are not yet nationally certified, you must be supervised while working under a temporary permit.
  • If you meet all requirements for prescriptive authority, including national certification, you will have prescriptive authority while practicing under a temporary permit.  However, if you are not yet nationally certified, you will not have prescriptive authority while practicing under the temporary permit. See Prescriptive Authority.
  • If you have practiced as an APRN less than two years or fewer than 4,000 hours, you must have a collaborative agreement to practice as an APRN in Delaware, including practice under a temporary permit.
  • If you fail your national certifying examination, your temporary permit will terminate immediately. You may petition the Board for an extension. See Section of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.

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. Official license verifications and/or transcripts are acceptable when received electronically directly from the State Board or school/institution. Note that forms requiring a signature, seal, or notary must be MAILED to the Board office directly UNLESS the document specifically indicates to UPLOAD the document. 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 for a Temporary APRN Permit

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

  • A copy of your original certification document or current re-certification card.
    • If not yet certified, request a letter from your certifying organization to verify your eligibility to take the examination to submit.
    • A Report of Collaborative Agreement Change form if you have practiced less than two years or fewer than 4,000 hours and you did not submit a Collaborative Agreement in connection with your APRN application.
    • 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.

    After You Apply

    The Board office will notify you when your temporary permit has been issued. You and/or your employer may print the permit. You may also verify permits online at Search and Verify a Professional License.  The permit expires 90 days from the date of issue. However, if you are not yet certified and you fail the certifying exam, the permit terminates immediately.

    Do not begin orientation or employment until you are assigned a temporary permit number.

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