Delaware Nursing License

Delaware nursing jobs cover a broad spectrum of nursing specialties and offer a wide range of opportunities. Our team at Onward Healthcare can help you find your next travel nursing assignment in Delaware as well as be a resource for helping you get and renew your Delaware Nursing License and may reimburse your new licensing fees.

How to Get and Renew Your Nursing License in Delaware

Delaware participates in the Nurse Licensure Compact, which allows RNs or LPNs to have one multistate nursing license, with the privilege to practice in any of the 30-plus compact member states. The licensing standards in NLC states require all applicants for a multistate nursing license to meet the same requirements. If you do not have an NLC multistate license but do hold a current, active nursing license in another state, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia, you can apply for Delaware nurse licensure by endorsement.

Applying For Your Delaware Nursing License

Nurse applicants need to show that they meet one of these practice requirements:

  1. Graduation from a nursing education program within the past two years that is deemed acceptable by the Delaware Board of Nursing; or
  2. At least 1,000 hours of nursing practice during the last five years; or
  3. At least 400 hours of nursing practice during the last two years.


Applicants for a Delaware RN license will also need to provide:

  1. A completed application and fee in the amount of $156, paid by check or money order. Applications must be printed out, signed and notarized, and mailed with payment to the Delaware Board of Nursing.
  2. Verification of all RN licenses held, current or expired. This may be done via Nursys for participating states, or via written verification sent to the Delaware Board of Nursing.
  3. Fingerprinting and authorization for criminal background checks.

It takes approximately four weeks to receive a nursing license in Delaware after all documentation has been received.

Need to Renew? Let Us Help You

Nurses can renew their Delaware RN license by completing an online application and paying their renewal fees by credit card. All newly issued RN licenses expire on September 30 of odd years.

To renew, you must attest that you have completed the required continuing education (CE) and that you have practiced nursing at least 1,000 hours in the past five years or 400 hours in the past two years. The number of CE hours required depends on when your Delaware license was issued and how you were licensed.


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