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Professional Regulation

Reinstatement



When to Submit a Reinstatement Application

Apply for reinstatement of your RN or LPN license when you want to practice in Delaware and you either:

  • hold a Delaware RN or LPN license that is in inactive status OR
  • previously held a Delaware RN or LPN license that has expired and the late renewal period has ended.

If you are currently licensed in another Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) state, you may submit a reinstatement application only if one of the following applies to you:

  • you are moving to Delaware or to a state that is not an eNLC state OR
  • your license from your home state is not a Multistate license.

Before submitting the application in DELPROS online portal, you must:

  • meet the practice requirement OR
  • complete a Board-approved refresher program.

Section 6.6 of the Rules and Regulations explains these requirements.


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) user 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 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 copy of your driver’s license or official identification card from the Division of Motor Vehicles.
    • The state (or other jurisdiction) on the identification you provide is considered your home state of residence.
    • If you don’t have a driver’s license or official identification from the Division of Motor Vehicles, you may submit a voter registration card, federal tax return, military form 2058 or a Form W-2 showing your home state of residence.
  • Proof of your current nursing license if you are currently licensed in another state or jurisdiction.
    • License must show an expiration date.
    • If there is a signature section on your license, sign it before copying.
  • 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.
  • Nursing Employer Reference Form(s) sent directly from the employer if the following applies to you:
    • You have been employed as the same type of nurse for which you are applying for at least the past six months.  A form is required from each nursing employer where you worked during the past six months.
    • You have not been employed for at least the past six months and you did not graduate from nursing school within the past two years but you were employed as the same type of nurse for which you are now applying within the past five years. A form is required from your most recent nursing employer(s) where you worked for at least six months.
    • A reference form is not required if you have:
      • not been employed as the same type of nurse for which you are now applying in the past five years
      • completed a Board-Approved Refresher Course in the past two years
  • Nursing School Reference Form(s)sent directly from the employer if the following applies to you:
    •  You have not been employed as the same type of nurse for which are are applying for at least the past six months but you have graduated from your nursing program within the past two years.
  • Enter your continuing education into the DELPROS CE Tracker.
    • Enter all courses/programs you have completed over the past two years.
    • RNs are required to complete 30 contact hours. LPN’s are required to complete 24 contact hours.
    • Upload the Certificates of Completion for the courses/programs that you list in the CE Tracker. You will upload the documents in DELPROS on the Attachments page of the reinstatement application.
      • Certificates must show a date, number of credit hours awarded and a signature of the provider. Transcripts are also acceptable.
      • If you do not submit a completion certificate or transcript, you will receive no credit for the course/program.


    Temporary Permit for RN or LPN

    For information on applying for a temporary permit, see RN/LPN Temporary Permit. Carefully read the instructions about when you may apply. Do not begin orientation or employment until you are assigned a temporary permit number.


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