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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., 2020, 2022). Dental Resident Limited licenses expire annually on June 30 each year.

A few months before the expiration date of your license, a renewal notice will be sent to the email address on the record. This notice will explain how to access your online renewal application in DELPROS, our online portal. To complete the online renewal application, you must log in to your account, answer questions, and use a credit card to pay your renewal fee.

All notices about professional licenses, such as renewal and audit notices, are sent by email only. It is important to keep your contact information up-to-date so that all the notices we send reach you. To check and update your contact information online, click on Manage Profile link in DELPROS.

Renewing Dentist, Dentist Academic or Dental Hygienist Licenses

An active license must be renewed in DELPROS every two years before the expiration date. During renewal, you are asked to attest that you have completed the required continuing professional education units (CPE).  You are also required to maintain current CPR certification.

For detailed information on the CE and Audit requirements for Dentists, Dentist Academics, and Dental Hygienists, see the Continuing Education and Audit Information webpage or see Section 6.0 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.

After the renewal, a percentage of licensees are randomly selected for audit of CPE and CPR.  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.

Renewing Anesthesia Permits

You must have an active Dentist or Dentist Academic license to renew your Anesthesia Permit. You may submit your renewal application for 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.

Renewing Expired Licenses & Permits

If you do not renew your license before the expiration date, your license will expire. It is illegal to practice in Delaware while your license is expired.

You may file a late renewal application up to one year after the expiration date in DELPROS. You must pay a late fee in addition to the renewal fee. Even though you can file a late renewal application, do not resume practicing until your license is actually renewed to active status. The late period is not a “grace period.”

If you fail to renew within one year, the license will terminate. To resume practicing in Delaware, you must apply in DELPROS as a new applicant.

Inactive & Reactivating Licenses

If you hold an active license but are not practicing in Delaware, you may request to place your license in inactive status by submitting a Service Request in DELPROS. You must request inactive status before your late renewal period ends (May 31 of odd years).  You cannot practice in Delaware while your license is in inactive status. You can keep your license on inactive status for up to four years.

To maintain your inactive license, you must renew it in DELPROS before the expiration date and pay the inactive renewal fee.  Renewal will keep your license in inactive status for two more years.

To reactivate your license and resume practicing in Delaware, you must submit a Service Request in DELPROS. For more information on requesting inactive status or reactivating an inactive license, see Section 8.2 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations.

If you fail to reactivate during the period, your license will terminate. If you wish to resume practicing after your license has terminated, you must reapply in DELPROS as a new applicant.


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