Initial Licensing & Permitting

Military SpousesPermits | General Information | New Administrative Rules Effective 7/1/2022


  • For purposes of this section, a "military spouse" is a foreign practitioner who is the spouse of a member of the armed forces of the United States or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States stationed in North Dakota in accordance with military orders or stations in North Dakota before a temporary assignment to duties outside of North Dakota.
  • A "foreign practitioner" is an individual who currently holds and maintains a license in good standing to engage in an occupation or profession in another state or jurisdiction other than North Dakota and who is not the subject of a pending disciplinary action in any state or jurisdiction.
  • Military service members and military spouses receive accommodations for obtaining and renewal of a dental license issued by the North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners. To expedite the licensing process, contact the Board regarding your status.  New laws passed require the board to:

    • Issue a provisional license or temporary permit to a military spouse for which the licensure requirements have been substantially met. 
    • The Board may not charge a military spouse any fees for a provisional license or temporary permit under this law. 
  • The Board is currently in the process of adopting new Administrative Rules. However, until the rules process is complete regarding licensure of a military spouse, the Board shall grant on a case-by-case basis exceptions to the board's licensing standards to allow a military spouse to practice the occupation or profession in the state if upon application to the board;

    • The military spouse demonstrates competency in the occupation or profession through methods or standards determined by the Board which must include experience in the occupation or profession for at least two of the four years preceding the date of application, and;
      • The Board determines the issuance of the license will not substantially increase the risk of harm to the public. 
      • The Board has the authority to require an applicant to submit to a statewide and national criminal history record check under section 12-60-24. 
    • The provisional license may not exceed two years and remains valid while the military spouse is making progress toward satisfying the unmet licensure requirements. A military spouse may practice under a provisional license or temporary permit issued under this law, until any of the following occurs:
      • The Board grants or denies the military spouse a ND license;
      • The provisional license or temporary permit expires;
      • The military spouse fails to comply with the terms of the provisional license or temporary permit; or
      • The Board revokes the provisional license or temporary permit based on a determination revocation is necessary to protect the health and safety of the residents of the state.

A permit is required for the following:

          PERMIT                                                                                            RENEWAL REQUIREMENT                                            CE HOURS REQUIREMENT

  • Administer general anesthesia, deep sedation (DDS).                       Must be renewed at time of license renewal.
  • Administer moderate parenteral or enteral sedation (DDS).               Must be renewed at time of license renewal.
  • Administer nitrous oxide inhalation analgesia (RDH or RDA)             No requirement for renewal.
  • Administer dermal fillers or botulinum toxin (DDS)                             No requirement for renewal
  • Administer local anesthesia (RDH)                                                     This permit requires no renewal.
  • Provide restorative functions (RDH or RDA)                                       Renewal not required
  • Provide anesthesia assistant functions (RDH or RDA)                       Renewal not required

General Information

  • Nitrous Oxide Inhalation Therapy: Upon application for license, proof of nitrous education is required to administer nitrous oxide inhalation therapy; a permit is not required. Dental hygienists and dental assistants are not authorized to administer nitrous oxide inhalation therapy. 
  • Nitrous Oxide Inhalation Therapy - ONLINE COURSE
  • Dentists, dental hygienists, qualified and registered dental assistants are required to maintain current CPR. Online courses must have a "hands-on" component or will not be not accepted.
  • All applicants are required to successfully complete the ND Ethics and Jurisprudence Examination.
  • ID: In lieu of applications being notarized, the Board accepts current identification documents issued within the last five years. Acceptable ID means a valid driver's license, U.S. passport, or identification card issued by any branch of the armed forces of the United States. Attach a copy of the identification to your application.


Chapter 20-01-01        ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD
Chapter 20-01-02        DEFINITIONS
Chapter 20-02-01        DENTISTS  - GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Chapter 20-03-01         DENTAL ASSISTANTS  -  DUTIES 

Chapter 20-04-01         DENTAL HYGIENISTS  -  DUTIES
Chapter 20-05-01         FEES