Licensure by Residency

Application for Licensure Based on Completion of General Practice Residency or Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program.

Licensure Eligibility

Prior to applying to the Dental Board (Board) of California for a dental license, all applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit a completed application to the Dental Board of California
  • Pay a non-refundable application fee of $800.00
  • Provide satisfactory evidence of having graduated from a dental school approved by the Board or Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA).
  • Provide satisfactory evidence of having passed the National Board Written Examinations. Original score card is required; photocopies are not acceptable.
  • Satisfactory evidence of having completed a clinically based advanced education program in general dentistry or an advanced education program in general practice residency that is, at minimum, one year in duration and is accredited by either CODA or a national accrediting body approved by the Board.
    • A certification of clinical residency program completion approved by the Board, to be completed upon the resident’s successful completion of the program in order to evaluate the resident’s competence to practice dentistry in the state.
    • The certification shall be within two years prior to the date of the resident’s application for a license under this section.
    • Completion of the program shall be within two years prior to the date of their application for a license under this section.
  • Provide a letter from WREB stating that the applicant has not failed the WREB clinical examination within the last (5) years.
  • Provide satisfactory evidence of not failing the ADEX examination after November 15, 2019.
    • A Cumulative Score Report that shows no failures is acceptable proof.
    • A letter signed by the applicant that certifies the applicant has never taken the ADEX examination is acceptable proof.

Additional requirements for issuance of a California dental license are:

  • Provide classifiable sets of fingerprints on fingerprint cards provided by the Board or on standard FBI fingerprint cards.
  • Submit a completed Out of State/Country Licensure Certification Form (only for those who are licensed in another state or country)
  • Successfully complete the Law and Ethics examination.
  • Completion of Lic-2 (11/07) Application for Issuance of License and Registration of Place of Practice (will be mailed to the applicant upon completion of all other licensure requirements).

Resources:

To find out if your general practice residency or advanced education in general dentistry program is CODA-approved, you may contact the American Dental Association at (312) 440-2500 or visit their website to search for either Advanced Education in General Dentistry or General Practice Residency 12-month programs that are approved by CODA.