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For Licensees who expire on January 31, 2018.

Due to technical difficulties with the Breeze System, the renewal notices recently mailed may have an incorrect delinquency fee listed.
The Dental Board of California will be mailing out a corrected renewal notice to all affected licensees within the next few weeks.
The ‘Amount Due Now’ fee listed on the form is correct, and you can still renew online or mail in your payment. Thank you for your patience.


ALERT- FEE INCREASE EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 19, 2017


On October 19, 2017, the fees assessed by the Dental Board of California (Board) will increase in accordance with California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Sections 1021 and 1022. These fee increases are a result of a rulemaking action that was approved by the Office of Administrative Law and filed with the Secretary of State on August 24, 2017.

Applications for new licenses and permits received by the Board on and after October 19, 2017 must be submitted with the new fee. Applications received by the Board without the correct fee will not be processed.

Board issued licenses with an expiration date of January 31, 2018 and later are required to pay the new renewal fee. Failure to pay the new license renewal fee will result in licensure delinquency.

A list of the new fees may be viewed here.

ALERT – EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY – GOVERNOR SIGNS LEGISLATION AUTHORIZING DENTAL BOARD OF CALIFORNIA TO LICENSE REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANTS (RDAS) DURING SUSPENSION OF THE RDA PRACTICAL EXAMINATION


Assembly Bill 1707 (Chapter 174, Statutes of 2017) authored by Assembly Member Low was signed by Governor Brown and became effective on August 7, 2017.

On April 6, 2017, the Dental Board of California (Board) held a special meeting to discuss the findings of the review of the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) practical examination conducted by the Office of Professional Examination Services (OPES) of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). After reviewing the findings of the report, the Board voted to suspend the administration of the RDA practical examination effective immediately and until July 1, 2017. Pursuant to Business and Professions Code Section 1752.1 at that time, the suspension of the practical examination could only remain in effect until July 1, 2017. After this date, the exam would have been reinstated as a requirement for RDA licensure.

Between April 6 and July 1, 2017, the Board licensed registered dental assistant candidates who had completed all other licensing requirements except passage of the practical exam. Also during this time, the Board sought an author to carry urgency legislation that would continue the suspension of the examination from July 1, 2017 until January 1, 2020, at which time a practical examination or an alternative means of measuring competency would be implemented. This legislation, Assembly Bill 1707 (Chapter 174) authored by Assembly Member Low was signed by Governor Brown and became effective on August 8, 2017.

The Board will resume licensing applicants who have met all other requirements of licensure except passage of the practical examination, including successful completion of the RDA Written Examination and the RDA Law & Ethics Examination. The Board encourages applicants for RDA licensure to submit applications to the Board. Applicants who submit complete applications will be issued eligibility to take the RDA Written Examination and the RDA Law & Ethics Examination.

As a result of the suspension of the RDA practical examination, the Board anticipates an increase in the number of phone, email, and mail inquires relating to RDA licensure. Please note that such inquiries may take 4-5 business days for response. Please check the Board's web site daily for updated information. Additionally, the Board encourages all interested parties to subscribe to Board email notifications at: https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/dbc/subscribe.php

ALERT – ANITICIPATED DELAY OF ISSUANCE OF REGISTERED DENTAL ASSISTANT (RDA) LICENSURE ON AND AFTER JULY 1,2017


On April 6, 2017, the Dental Board of California (Board) held a special meeting to discuss the findings of the review of the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) practical examination conducted by the Office of Professional Examination Services (OPES) of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). After reviewing the findings of the report, the Board voted to suspend the administration of the RDA practical examination effective immediately and until July 1, 2017. Pursuant to Business and Professions Code Section 1752.1, the suspension of the practical examination can only remain in effect until July 1, 2017. After this date the exam is reinstated as a requirement for RDA licensure.

The Board sought an author to carry urgency legislation that will continue the suspension from July 1, 2017 until January 1, 2020, at which date the practical examination or an alternative means of measuring competency would be implemented. The Board has been advised that Assembly Bill (AB) 1707 will be the vehicle that will carry the provisions to extend the suspension date so that the Board may continue licensing qualified RDA applicants until an exam or an alternative is identified and implemented. If the bill is signed by Governor Brown as urgency legislation, it will become effective immediately. The last day for the Governor to sign legislation is October 15. If the bill is not designated as urgency legislation and the Governor signs it, the law would become effective on January 1, 2018.

The Board has been advised that the necessary legislation to extend the suspension of the practical examination will not be effective by July 1, 2017. This means that the board cannot legally issue RDA licenses until the legislation is enacted into law and becomes effective.

The legislative calendar provides the various deadlines for bills to pass out of the legislature and to be signed by the Governor, however the legislative process is complex and subject to variation. Although the Board is doing everything within its power to facilitate this legislation we are unable to provide a date certain by which we will again be able to issue RDA licenses.

The Board encourages applicants for RDA licensure to continue to submit their applications to the Board. Applicants who submit complete applications will be issued eligibility to take the RDA Written Examination and the RDA Law & Ethics Examination. Once the effective date of the practical examination suspension is extended, the Board will resume issuing RDA licenses to applicants who have not taken the practical examination, so long as that applicant meets all other requirements for licensure.

We regret that there will be a delay in RDA licensure and we hope to keep the delay to a minimum. The Board will continue to do all it can to expedite AB 1707 through the legislative process and on to the Governor.

ALERT – Suspension of the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) Practical Examination


On April 6, 2017, the Dental Board of California (Board) voted to suspend the Registered Dental Assistant (RDA) practical examination as a result of the findings of the review of the practical examination conducted by the Office of Professional Examination Services (OPES) of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). Pursuant to Business and Professions Code Section 1752.1, the Board may vote to suspend the practical examination if the review conducted by the OPES concludes that the practical examination is unnecessary or does not accurately measure the competency of RDAs.

A public copy of the OPES Review of the Registered Dental Assistant Practical Examination may be found here. The redacted sections in the report were necessary to protect confidential and sensitive information regarding the registered dental assistant practical examination

The suspension of the RDA practical examination commences on April 6, 2017 and shall remain suspended until July 1, 2017, at which time the practical examination shall be reinstated.

On February 10, 2016 the Legislative Counsel Bureau opined that if the Board suspends the RDA practical examination, the Board may, during that suspension, license an applicant who has not taken the practical examination, so long as that applicant meets all other requirements for licensure. A copy of this opinion may be found here

The Board will be contacting all current applicants for RDA licensure in the coming weeks regarding the outcome of this meeting and what next steps are necessary on their pathway to RDA licensure.

The Board will license applicants who have not taken, or have not successfully passed, the practical examination, if the applicant meets all other requirements of licensure, including successful completion of the RDA Written Examination and the RDA Law & Ethics Examination, until July 1, 2017.

As a result of the suspension of the RDA practical examination, the Board anticipates an increase in the number of phone, email, and mail inquires relating to RDA licensure. Please note that such inquiries may take 4-5 business days for response.

Please check the Board's web site daily for updated information. Additionally, the Board encourages all interested parties to subscribe to Board email notifications at: https://www.dca.ca.gov/webapps/dbc/subscribe.php


PEDIATRIC ANESTHESIA STUDY – FINAL REPORT AVAILABLE

January 1, 2017 - The Dental Board of California (Board) has completed the Pediatric Anesthesia Study regarding whether or not California’s present laws, regulations, and policies are sufficient to provide protection of pediatric patients during dental sedation and anesthesia. The Board held four meetings to discuss this issue and took public comment at each meeting.

The final report, board recommendations, and the record of public comments can be viewed on this website.

Thank you to the members of the public, licensees, and stakeholders who participated in this process. The Board looks forward to the continued discussion of this important issue. Please direct any inquiries to dentalboard@dca.ca.gov.

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Our mission is to protect the health and safety of consumers.

The Board:

  • Licenses qualified dental health care professionals;
  • Takes action to enforce compliance of the Dental Practice Act and State of California laws;
  • Strives to enhance the education of consumers and licensees.

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