Monday, August 10, 2009

License to Practice Dentistry in Texas


General Dental Licensure
Before you begin here, please carefully read the required information for licensure as outlined on the Dental License General Information page. Please click here to be directed to this page.


Requirement for Applying for Licensure by Examination
Texas and Non-Texas Residents applying for Licensure by Examination must complete a Fingerprint Criminal Background Check before submitting an application for Initial Licensure. To learn more, and complete the Fingerprint Criminal Background Check, click here:

Requirement for for All Licensure Applications
All applicants for licensure in the State of Texas must complete the SBDE Jurisprudence Assessment for Initial Licensure online. To learn more about this process and take the SBDE Jurisprudence Assessment for Initial Licensure click here:


Dental Licensure Information

To apply for dental licensure please read the information on General Dental Licensure first. Click here to be directed to the information on General Dental Licensure.

In addition to general licensure requirements for dental applicants, graduates of non-accredited dental schools must present proof - translated to English, if necessary - that the applicant has:

1. Graduated from a dental school, and

2. Successfully completed training in an American Dental Association (ADA) approved specialty education program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and that consists of at least two years of training as specified by the Council on Dental Education.

Information about locations of specialty programs should be obtained from the ADA either on the internet at: or by writing or calling: American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611-2678, 312-440-2500.

Acceptable specialties are: Endodontics, Periodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Public Health, or Prosthodontics. General Practice Residencies or Advanced Education in General Dentistry programs are not recognized areas of dental specialty and will not qualify for the purpose of obtaining Texas licensure.

Dentists who meet the educational requirements cited above, may submit the following documents (translated to English) to request approval to apply for a general dentistry clinical examination through any of the regional boards listed below. Photocopies of documents are acceptable, unless otherwise indicated.

1. Request for State Board of Dental Examiner Approval to Apply for Clinical Examination.

2. Proof of graduation from a dental program.

3. Proof of graduation from an ADA approved specialty-training program.

Western Regional Examining Board 602-944-3315

Central Regional Dental Testing Service 785-273-0380

North East Regional Board 301-563-3300

Southern Regional Testing Agency 757-318-9082

Upon your receipt of approval from the SBDE, applicant may apply to the Regional Board of choice directly. Following successful completion of a clinical examination and any additional requirements set forth below, applicant may submit ALL of the following documentation in the manner indicated for licensure:

1. Complete and notarized Application for Dental Licensure.

2. Application fee of $355 (no cash please). Checks/money orders should be made payable to the State Board of Dental Examiners

3. Copy of birth certificate, naturalization papers, or passport that indicates date of birth.

4. A certified or notarized copy of diploma or a letter of degree award from a dental program.

5. Proof of successful completion of National Board examinations (Parts I & II). A notarized or certified copy of scorecard or certificate acceptable.

6. Proof of successful completion of an ADA Specialty Education Program. A certified or notarized copy of program completion certificate acceptable.

7. Proof of successful completion of general dentistry clinical examination. A certified or notarized copy of certificate is acceptable. If you have previously completed a general dentistry clinical examination through a regional or state testing agency and you are currently licensed in another state, you may choose to take the Northeast Regional Specialty Board examination.

8. If you are licensed in another state or jurisdiction, verification/certification of licensure with official seal is required. This document must contain a statement that disciplinary action has/has not been taken against the license.

9. Copy of current (as indicated on your card) CPR certification.

10. Proof of successful completion of SBDE jurisprudence examination taken within the last 12 months. (photocopy is acceptable) More information on the Jurisprudence Assessment can be found here:


1 comment:

  1. Aside from that, dentists should also take up dental continuing ed every two years. It's not a bad thing actually as they are awesome ways to make sure that you are updated in the field and that you are aware of things like new technology, new techniques or things that are no longer being practiced.