How does a dentist or dental hygienist go about reactivating his or her license from inactive status?

To reactivate a license from inactive status, the following must be done:

  • Complete the renewal application.
  • Submit a notarized affidavit identifying the period of time in which the applicant did not practice.
  • Submit proof of current certification in Infant, Child and Adult CPR from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association or an equivalent organization approved by the Board.
  • Submit proof of completion of the required continuing education credits.
  • Submit the current renewal fee.

If a dentist or dental hygienist has been inactive for over 5 years, in addition to the above listed information, he or she may be asked to submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Letter(s) of good standing from each state where he/she currently holds, or has held, a license to practice dentistry/dental hygiene. 
    The Board may require the applicant to retake the licensure examination.


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