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Delaware Board of Nursing
License Renewals

The Delaware Board of Nursing requires all nursing licensees to renew their licenses every two years. Renewal notice emails are sent out several weeks before Delaware nursing license renewals are due. This includes specific, detailed instructions on the process to complete online nursing license renewal. The Delaware Nursing Board specifies the renewal requirements, as follows:

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Registered Nurse License

RN licenses expire in odd-numbered years on:

  • February 28
  • May 31
  • September 30

The expiration month depends on when the license was originally issued. However, all newly issued RN licenses expire on September 30 of odd-numbered years (2019, 2021, etc.).
Registered nurses require 30 contact hours of nursing CE for renewal, three of which must be in substance abuse education. All nursing CEUs can be taken online. Additionally, RNs must prove they have practiced at least 1,000 hours in the past five years or 400 hours in the past two years.

Substance Abuse Continuing Education for Delaware Nurses

Three of the CE hours must be in the area of substance abuse. The 3-contact-hour course "Substance Abuse Education for DE Nurses: Drug Diversion Training and Best-Practice Prescribing" satisfies this requirement. The course focuses on prescription drug abuse and diversion, challenges in managing chronic pain, and best practices for prescribing controlled substances.

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Licensed Practical Nurse Licenses

LPN licenses expire on February 28 of even-numbered years (i.e., 2020, 2022, etc.).
Delaware Licensed Practical Nurses must complete 24 contact hours of nursing continuing education and must show that they have practiced at least 1,000 hours in the past five years or 400 hours in the past two years.

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Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Licenses

APRN licenses expire on the same date as Delaware RN licenses. If a nurses does not hold a Delaware RN license, the APRN license expires on September 30 of odd years.
To renew, APRNs must attest that they have met one of the following practice requirements in the role and population focus area in which they are licensed:

  • Practice of 1,500 hours over the past five years in the specialty, or
  • Practice of 600 hours over the past two years in the specialty, or
  • Graduation from the specialty program within the past two years

For APRNs with prescriptive authority, it expires at the same time as the license.
To renew prescriptive authority, nurses must attest to completing 10 hours of nursing continuing education (CNE) in pharmacology/pharmacotherapeutics in the past two years.
For more detailed information about being audited, requesting inactive status or reactivating an inactive nursing license, or renewing a lapsed nurse license, refer directly to the Delaware Nursing Board.

The Delaware Board of Nursing requires all nursing licensees to renew their licenses every two years

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Is Delaware a Compact State for Nursing?

Beginning January 19, 2018, Delaware is a participant state in the National Licensure Compact (NLS) for nursing.
In order to receive a new NLC Multistate license, a nurse who lives in a compact state must meet the following 11 uniform licensure requirements:

  • Meet the requirements for licensure in the home state (state of residency)
  • Have graduated from a board-approved education program or have graduated from an international education program (approved by the authorized accrediting body in the applicable country and verified by an independent credentials review agency)
  • Have passed an English proficiency examination (applies to graduates of an international education program not taught in English or if English is not the individual’s native language)
  • Have passed an NCLEX-RN® or NCLEX-PN® examination or predecessor exam
  • Be eligible for or hold an active, unencumbered license (i.e., without active discipline)
  • Have submitted to state and federal fingerprint-based criminal background checks
  • Have no state or federal felony convictions
  • Have no misdemeanor convictions related to the practice of nursing (determined on a case-by-case basis)
  • Not be a current participant in an alternative program
  • Self-disclose current participation in an alternative program
  • Have a valid United States Social Security number
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How eNLC Affects Your Delaware Nursing License

  • If you held a RN or LPN Multistate license issued by any Original Compact state (including Delaware) before July 20, 2017, and if that license is still in good standing as of January 19, 2018, your Multistate license will be “grandfathered”—that is, it will continue to be a Multistate license. You don’t have to do anything to keep it Multistate.
  • If you apply for an original Delaware license after January 19, 2018, you must meet the 11 uniform licensure requirements (ULRs) that apply to all eNLC states in order to receive a Multistate license. However, if you don’t meet all ULRs, you may still receive a Delaware license, but it will be a Single-State license valid only in Delaware.
  • If you hold a Delaware Multistate license that was issued or reinstated on or after July 20, 2017, but before January 19, 2018, your license was based on the Original Compact rules that were in effect during this interim period. You will continue to qualify for a Multistate license starting January 19, 2018, only if you meet all 11 eNLC ULRs. Otherwise, your Delaware license will change to a Single-State license valid only in Delaware on January 19, 2018. If you do not have Multistate privileges in your state of legal residence, you must hold a separate license in each state where you practice even if it is an eNLC state.
  • If you have an active Delaware Single-State RN or LPN license and Delaware is your primary state of residence, you may apply for Multistate licensure

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