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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

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 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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