Division of
Professional Regulation

License Renewal

Information About Renewals for All Licenses

All Dental licenses and Anesthesia permits expire on May 31 of even years (e.g., 2018, 2020).

Several weeks before the permit expiration date, a renewal notice will be sent to the email address on the record. This notice will explain how to access the online renewal application. To complete the online renewal application, you must use a credit card to pay your renewal fee.

Please keep your contact information in our records up-to-date so that notices we send will reach you. To check and update your contact information online, click Change Contact Information.


Renewing a Dentist, Dentist Academic or Dental Hygienist License

You will be required to attest to completing the required continuing professional education (CPE). Dentists and Dentist Academics are required to complete 50 hours of CPE. Dental Hygienists are required to complete 24 hours of CPE. If licensed in Delaware less than two years at the time of your first renewal, the CPE requirement is prorated. At least two of the required CPE hours must be from a course covering infection control.

You are required to maintain current CPR certification.

A percentage of licensees will be randomly selected for audit of their CPE and CPR following the renewal.  Retain copies of your CPE completion certificates in the event you are selected for audit, but do not send any documentation to the Board office unless you receive an audit letter.

Section 6.0 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations explains the renewal requirements.


Renewing Anesthesia Permits

An active Dentist or Dentist Academic license is required. You may submit the application to renew your anesthesia permit(s) before or after submitting the renewal application for your Dentist or Dentist Academic license, but the anesthesia permit(s) will not be renewed until the Dentist or Dentist Academic license is renewed. Section 7.6 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations explains the renewal requirement.


Requesting or Renewing an Inactive License/Reactivating

If you are not practicing in Delaware, you may submit a written request to the Board to place your license on inactive status for up to four years. It is illegal to practice in Delaware while your license is in inactive status. To maintain your license in inactive status, you must renew it. It will lapse at the fourth year and you will need to reapply for a license. To resume practicing in Delaware within the four year timeframe, you must request to reactivate your license and complete CE required. See Section 8.0 of the Rules and Regulations for further details.


Renewing a Lapsed License/Permit

If you do not complete renewal before the expiration date, your license/permit will lapse. It is illegal to practice dentistry or dental hygiene in Delaware while your license is lapsed. You are not permitted to employ or use anesthesia during the period that your anesthesia permit is lapsed.

You may file a late renewal application up to one year after the expiration date. You must pay a late fee in addition to the renewal fee. Even though you can file a late renewal application, it is illegal to practice dentistry or administer anesthesia until the license/permit is actually renewed. The late period is not a “grace period.”

If you fail to renew by the end of the one-year period, your license/permit will terminate. To resume practicing in Delaware after termination, you must reapply for a license/permit.

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