Department of State: Division of Professional Regulation: Board of Nursing

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License by Endorsement



When to File Endorsement Application: Current Licensure Requirement

Complete this application only if you hold a current, active Nursing license of the same type in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia) and you have never held a Delaware Nursing license of the same type.

  • If you have ever held a Delaware license of the same type, complete the Application for Reinstatement of RN or LPN License instead.
  • If you have never held a Delaware RN/LPN license and do not hold a current, active license of the same type in another jurisdiction, you must reinstate your license in another jurisdiction before applying for a Delaware license by endorsement.

When to File Endorsement Application: Home State of Residence Requirement

Your home state of residence (also called the primary state of residence) is your declared fixed, permanent and principal home for legal purposes. Complete this application only if one of the following applies to you:

  • Your current home state of residence is Delaware, OR
  • Your current home state of residence is not a compact state, OR
  • Your current home state of residence is another compact state but you plan to move to Delaware or to a non-compact state.
COMPACT STATES

Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin

When to File Endorsement Application: Practice Requirement

To be licensed by endorsement Delaware, you must meet one of the following practice requirements. If possible, you must complete one of these requirements before filing the application:

  • Graduation from a Nursing education program within the past two years (24 months)
    • The program must be acceptable to the Board. Section 2.4.1 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations explains the criteria for acceptable Nursing programs, such as 200 hours of clinical experience required for LPN students and at least 400 hours of clinical experience required for RN students. If your program is in Delaware, see Approved Delaware Nursing Education & Refresher Programs.
  • At least 1000 hours of nursing practice during the five years (60 months) before filing this application.
  • At least 400 hours of nursing practice during the two years (24 months) before filing this application.
  • Completion of a Board-approved refresher program

If it is not possible to meet any of the above practice requirements, you may file this application and request the Board’s approval of an alternate supervised practice plan. Your application would not be processed until you complete the Board-approved plan and submit your evaluation. For information about supervised practice plans, see Section 4.0 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.

Requirements for All Applicants

  • Enclose the processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.” Applications submitted without the processing fee will be rejected.
  • Enclose 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.
  • Enclose a photocopy of your current nursing license from another jurisdiction.  You may send a printout of your state's online verification if it shows the expiration date.
    • License must show an expiration date.
    • If there is a signature section on your license, sign it before copying.
    • If the other jurisdiction where you are currently licensed is not a compact state, your license must remain current throughout the entire endorsement process.
    • If the jurisdiction where you are currently licensed is a compact state, you can work in Delaware for up to 90 days after establishing Delaware as your home state of residence while you await your Delaware license. Your license in the compact state must remain active throughout the 90 days.
  • Complete the Authorization for Release of Information form to request a criminal background check.  Follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted.   You must complete this requirement even if you recently had a criminal background check done for some other reason.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive Nursing Reference Form(s) as follows:
    • If you have been employed as the same type of nurse for which you are applying for at least the past six months, send a form to each nursing employer where you worked during the past six months.
    • If you have not been employed as the same type of nurse for which you are applying for at least the past six months but you graduated from your nursing program within the past two years (24 months), send a form to your nursing school for completion.
    • If 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 (24 months) but you were employed as the same type of nurse for which you are now applying within the past five years (60 months), send a form to your most recent nursing employer(s) where you worked for at least six months.
    • After completing the form, the employer(s) (or nursing school) must return the form by mail directly to the Board office. Forms received from you will be rejected.
    • If the Board office receives an incomplete Nursing Reference Form from your employer because it is your employer’s policy not to comment on performance, the Board office will contact you to submit a copy of your most recent employee evaluation. Obtain this evaluation yourself; do not ask your employer to forward a copy. This is needed in addition to, not instead of, the Nursing Reference Form.
  • Provide verification of original licensure by examination.  How you do this depends on whether the jurisdiction where you were licensed utilizes the Nursys databank.  Jurisdictions that utilize Nursys are:

    Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Guam, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana- Registered Nurse, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia-Practical Nurse, Wisconsin, Wyoming

    • If your original jurisdiction of licensure is listed above, go to www.nursys.com and complete the Nursys Verification Request
    • If your original jurisdiction of licensure is not listed above, complete the Verification of Original Licensure form and send it to the Board of Nursing in the jurisdiction where you were licensed by examination.   Contact that jurisdiction to find out if there is a fee.
  • If you graduated from a nursing program outside the United States, provide a copy of your CGFNS certificate or CES report.

Requirements for a Temporary Permit

Apply for a Temporary Permit only if you have an offer of employment and plan to start the employment before the endorsement process is completed (4-6 weeks). Your prospective place of employment must be in Delaware unless:

  • Your home state of residence is Delaware, and
  • Your employment will be in another compact state.

If you are offered employment after you have already filed your application, you may apply for a temporary permit using the Application for Temporary Permit.

  • Complete the TEMPORARY PERMIT section of the application.
    • Do not begin orientation or employment until you are assigned a temporary permit number.
    • If you are also applying for an APN license and need an APN Temporary Permit, apply only for the APN Temporary; do not complete the Temporary Permit section of the Endorsement application. 
  • Enclose the non-refundable temporary permit fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
    • This fee is in addition to the processing fee for the application.
    • There is no additional fee for a permit extension.
  • Enclose a photocopy of your job offer letter.

The Board office must receive results of the criminal background check before issuing a temporary license.

The temporary permit is issued for 90 days and may be extended.



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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17-Sep-2013 16:13:28 EDT
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