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Division of
Professional Regulation

Apprentice River Pilot

The Board of Pilot Commissioners is not accepting applications at this time.

Apprentice Openings  – Only When Advertised

The Board advertises openings and accepts applications for Apprentice Pilots according to the needs of commerce and interests of public safety. When openings exist, the openings are advertised in two Delaware newspapers of general circulation for at least one week. You will also be able to view much more details and instructions about applying for an Apprentice Pilot license on this website.

When to Apply

When there are Apprentice Pilot openings, you must meet the following conditions to submit an application:

  • You must be 21 years old to serve a Pilot Apprenticeship.

You must hold either a:

  • Baccalaureate degree from either a recognized and certified college or university or maritime academy operated by the United States or a State, OR
  • U.S. Coast Guard-issued license to serve as a third-mate on all oceans, as a master in near-coastal waters aboard vessels over 1600 tons, or any higher class license.

Information on How to Apply for a License in DELPROS

All applications are submitted our online system DELPROS. We no longer accept paper applications.


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) use r account:

  1. Go to:
  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.


  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.


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 have to mail the documents yourself or request the “third-party” mail the document(s) directly to the Board office.
    • Examples of “third-party forms” are transcripts from schools, employment verifications from a supervisor, and 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.

The requirements for this license type are provided in the following section(s).


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

  • A mandatory Supplemental Questionnaire, which is located in FORMS, when the Board is accepting applications.
  • Proof of your age, such as a copy of your birth certificate or driver’s license.
  • An official transcript, if you earned a baccalaureate degree. It must be sent directly to the Board office from either a:
    • recognized or certified college or university, or
    • U.S.-operated maritime academy
  • An copy of your highest U.S. Coast Guard-issued license that you hold (if applicable).
  • Your driving record, that must sent directly from the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles.
  • State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification(s), including Apprenticeship, sent directly to the Board office from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or have ever held a license.
  • If you have a criminal record, submit a certified copy of your criminal history record from each jurisdiction where you have a record.


The information provided on your Questionnaire will determine whether the Board selects you for an interview. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive a notification with your scheduled time. You are required to submit a drug screening report and a current (within past six months) physical examination, both of which are at your expense.


If you are selected for an apprenticeship, a Pilot Apprentice license will be issued. At the end of your apprenticeship, you must take a written examination. The examination will test your knowledge acquired during the apprenticeship. If you pass the examination, a Sixth Class Pilot license will be issued to you.

Advancement To Higher Classes

After you complete your Apprenticeship, you may apply to advance to sixth class Pilot in DELPROS online portal. After serving in each subsequent class for one year, you may apply to advance to the next higher class. Each time you are approved to advance to a higher class, you must submit your application and all other requirements in the portal before your official eligibility to advance date. In addition to advancing to the next higher class, you must also renew your license every year by November 30th. Therefore, it depends on when you get approval to advance as to what class you renew.

If you are applying to advance from Fourth to Third Class, you must also submit a Squat Certification form.

For more information on applying for advancement, see Class Advancement and Section 12.0 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.


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