Requirements for All Applicants

  • Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript sent directly from your chiropractic college. The college must be accredited and the transcript must show that you have earned a degree of Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
  • Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks. Follow the instructions on the form to arrange to be fingerprinted.
  • If you have ever held a license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia), arrange for the Board office to receive verification of licensure from each jurisdiction where you have ever held a license, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office.
  • If examinations were available when you graduated from chiropractic college, arrange for the Board office to receive an official score report from the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE) sent directly from NBCE to the Board office.
    • To request a score report, go to Send Scores to a State Board on the NBCE website.
    • For information on the score requirements, see the Score Requirements section below.
  • If no examinations were available when you graduated from chiropractic college, arrange for the Board office to receive a Verification of Chiropractic Practice form(s) (included with this application) verifying that you actively practiced in another jurisdiction for the five years before filing this application.
    • A licensed chiropractor or other professional peer must complete the form, sign it in front of a notary and submit it directly to the board office.
    • Do not submit this form if examinations were available whe you graduated.
  • Request a self-query from the National Practitioner Data Bank(NPDB). The self-query report will be mailed to your address. When you receive the report, mail (do not fax) the original report to the Board office.

Score Requirement

Unless no examinations were available when you graduated from a school of chiropractic, you must meet one of the following score requirements:

  • If you do not hold a current license in any other jurisdiction, your NCBE score trancript must show that you passed all the parts of the National Examination.
  • If you hold a current license in another jurisdiction, the score requirement that you must meet depends on whether you are currently licensed in any jurisdiction where the licensure requirements are substantially similar to those in Delaware. The table below shows which jurisdictions have substantially similar requirements and which do not:

SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR

NOT SUBSTANTIALLY SIMILAR

Alaska

California

Connecticut

Florida

Hawaii

Idaho

Iowa

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Mexico

North Carolina

Oklahoma

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Wyoming

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

Colorado

District of Columbia

Georgia

Illinois

Indiana

Kansas

Kentucky

Michigan

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

North Dakota

Ohio

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

U.S. Virgin Islands

  • If you are currently licensed in any jurisdiction with substantially similar licensure requirements, your NCBE score transcript must show that you passed all the parts of the National Examination.
  • If you are currently licensed only in jurisdictions that do not have substantially similar licensure requirements, the score requirement depends on when you graduated from an accredited or Board-approved chiropractic college, as shown in this table.

IF you graduated…

THEN the NBCE score report must show that you passed these exam Parts:

On or after July 1, 1997

I, II, III, IV, and physiotherapy

After Jan. 31, 1991 but before July 31, 1997

I, II, III

Before Jan. 31, 1991

I, II, III or I, II, and Special Purpose Exam for Chiropractors (SPEC)