Division of
Professional Regulation

Dental Resident Limited License

What is Dental Resident Limited Licensure?

This application is for dentists who will be starting a residency program in Delaware. Under a Dental Resident Limited License, you are allowed to practice dentistry:

  • only in the sponsoring hospital or institution named on the license
  • only under the direction of a licensed dentist employed by the sponsoring hospital or institution.

Dental Resident Limited Licenses are valid for one year. If you do not complete your residency program in the year, you may apply to continue your limited licensure.


Requirements for All Applicants

As the applicant, it is your responsibility—not the responsibility of the institution or residency program—to arrange for the Board to receive the documents listed below.

  • Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to the “State of Delaware.”
  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official transcript of your undergraduate education, sent directly from the college/university (not the residency program) to the Board office.
  • 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, and the dental college/university must be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA).
    • If a final transcript is not available by the program start date, submit a letter from your school’s dean attesting to your good academic standing.
  • Submit a copy of your letter of acceptance into a dental residency program from the sponsoring institution. The program must be a CODA-accredited general practice residency or a CODA-approved specialty residency.
  • Enclose a copy of your current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification card.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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