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Under the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), a Multistate Delaware license allows a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to care for patients in other NLC states without having to obtain licensure in those states. A nurse who holds a Multistate license in an NLC state such as Delaware but practices in one or more non-NLC states must hold a license in each non-NLC state.
For NLC Rule Change FAQ regarding Rule 402(2), see New NLC Residency Rule.
Currently, Delaware does not have multistate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) licenses. To practice as an APRN in Delaware, an APRN must hold a Delaware-issued APRN license regardless of whether he/she holds an APRN license in another state. A valid Registered Nurse (RN) license is also required for APRN licensure.
File this request when you hold an active Delaware Registered Nurse or Practical Nurse license and:
You must have a DELPROS user account to apply for the Upgrade to Multistate Nursing License service request. Follow the below steps to request the multistate upgrade:
For additional information on applying for licenses or services see our Guide to Information webpage.
For up-to-date information about the compact status of each state, see Current NLC States and Status.
Whether you are qualified for a Multistate license under the NLC depends in part on which state is your legal primary state of residence. Changing your legal state of residence may affect the RN or LPN license(s) you already hold.
Both Maryland and Delaware are NLC states as of January 19, 2018. If you are an RN living in Maryland and you hold a Maryland Multistate license, you can practice in Delaware without obtaining a Delaware RN license. However, if you move from Maryland to Delaware, your Maryland Multistate license will become invalid – you must obtain a Delaware Multistate license when you declare Delaware as your primary state of residence.
Can I have a license (RN or LPN) in Delaware and Maryland at the same time if my legal residence is in Pennsylvania?
Answer: Yes. Since Pennsylvania is not an NLC state, you must obtain a license in each state where you practice. The Delaware license would have “Valid only in Delaware” printed on it.
Do I need a Delaware license (RN or LPN) if I’m moving to Delaware, but I’ll be working only in Maryland?
Answer: Your license must be issued by the state where you reside. If your legal residence is in Delaware, you need a Delaware Multistate license, not a Maryland license, to practice in Maryland. If you don’t qualify for a Delaware Multistate because you don’t meet all the ULRs, you would need a Maryland Single-State license to practice in Maryland.
Do I need a Delaware license (RN or LPN) if I’m moving to Delaware, but will be working only in Pennsylvania?
Answer: You would need a Pennsylvania license. Since Pennsylvania is not an NLC state, you do not need a Delaware license of any kind unless you are practicing in Delaware or another NLC state.
If I move to Delaware but I just renewed my Multistate license from another NLC state, do I have to obtain a Delaware license right away or can I wait until my license needs to be renewed?
Answer: If you move from one NLC state to another, you must apply for a license in the new NLC state within 60 days of when you establish your residency there.
How do I obtain a Multistate license?
Answer: If you have an active Delaware single state RN or LPN license, and claim Delaware as your primary state of residence, you may apply for Multistate licensure status. Click HERE to begin the service request application in DELPROS.