When to File

File an application for Delaware Dentist licensure if you are not contracted to practice at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Delaware. If you have an FQHC contract, file the Application for Dentist-FQHC Provisional Licensure .

Information about Required Examinations

All applicants for Dentist licensure, regardless of years in practice, are required to pass the Delaware Practical Board Examination in dentistry and the Delaware Jurisprudence Examination.

  • The Practical Board Examination is offered twice a year, at the beginning of January and June. The deadlines for applications to sit for the exams are December 1 for the January exam and May 1 for the June exam. The exam is limited to 18 candidates on each date.  It is important to submit your application before the deadline for the exam you want to take. For more information about the exam, click Practical Board Examination.
  • The Delaware Jurisprudence Examination is an “open-book,” multiple-choice test based on the Delaware Code and the Board’s Rules and Regulations. The version for Dentists has 30 questions, and the version for Dental Hygienists has 20 questions.  You must pass the Jurisprudence Examination before your license will be issued.

Requirements Before the Practical Examination

You must submit the documentation in this section in order to be approved to sit for the practical examination.  Additional documentation listed in the next section is required to be considered for licensure when you have passed the exam.

  • Submit completed, signed and notarized Application for Dentist Licensure by the exam deadline .

  • Enclose payment for the following non-refundable fees by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”  You may combine the fees in one payment.
    • Processing fee
    • Examination fee – If you fail to sit for the examination in the month you select on the application, you will forfeit this fee .  You cannot transfer it to the next examination date.

  • If you choose to submit your application after the deadline for the exam you want to take (May 1 for the June exam or December 1 for the January exam), enclose the non-refundable Late Exam fee.  This fee is in addition to the processing fee and examination fee.
    • You will be admitted to the exam only if a seat is still available.  
    • If no seat is available, you will forfeit both the examination fee and late fee that you paid.  To register for the next exam date, it is not necessary to re-apply and pay the processing fee again, but you must pay the examination fee again.  You cannot transfer it to a later examination date.

  • Enclose a copy of your current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification card.  The Board office must receive this document by the exam deadline.

  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript from Board-recognized undergraduate college or university, sent directly from the school to the Board office.  The Board office must receive this document directly from the school by the exam deadline.

  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript from your dental college or university, sent directly from the school to the Board office.  The transcript must show your degree and date of graduation.
    • The dental college/university must be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA).
    • The Board office must receive this document directly from the school by the exam deadline.

When the deadline for the exam date passes, the Board office will mail examination packets to all candidates who applied on time and whose documentation it has received.  Candidates who apply late will receive their examination packets only after the Board office confirms availability of a seat and receives all required documentation.

Requirements After the Practical Examination

You must submit the additional documentation listed below in order to be considered for licensure when you’ve passed the practical examination.  However, you may submit the documents at any time, before or after taking the exam.  When you have passed the practical exam and all required documentation listed below has been received, the credentialing committee will review your application.  If approved, your license will be issued.

  • Arrange for the Board office to receive one of the following:
    • Proof (such as a letter from the sponsoring institution) that you have one year of experience as a dental intern in a CODA-accredited general practice residency sent directly from the sponsoring institution to the Board office.
    • Tax form W-2s or other proof that you have practiced actively for three years in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia).
    • Proof (such as a letter from the sponsoring institution) that you have completed four or more years in a CODA-approved specialty residency, sent directly from the sponsoring institution to the Board office.

    If you have been in a CODA-approved specialty residency of less than four years, submit proof (such as a letter from the sponsoring institution) that the program you’re in

    • meets the goals, objectives, proficiencies and competencies set forth in Standard 2.4 of the CODA Accreditation Standards for Advanced Education Programs in General Practice Residency, ©2007 (Section 4.3 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations), and
    • includes a rotation of at least 70 hours in anesthesia and a rotation of at least 70 hours in medicine.
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive your National Board Examination score report, sent directly from the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations to the Board office.  See Score Report Request.

  • Arrange for the Board office to receive license verification letters from each jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia) where you are now, or have ever been, licensed, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office.

  • If you have ever been licensed in another jurisdiction, request a self-query from the National Practitioner Data Bank.  When you receive the report, send the original to the Board office.

  • Submit your completed, signed and notarized Jurisprudence Examination for Dentist Candidates.

  • Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to request state and federal criminal background checks.  Follow the instructions on the authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted.

  • If you have never been issued a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN), submit a Request for Exemption from Social Security Number Requirement .