Inactivating and Reinstating Your License

Inactive Status | FAQs - Inactive and Reinstatement

Inactive License Status

A license that is current and in good standing may converted to inactive status at the time of renewal, December 31 of odd numbered years. If you are not practicing in North Dakota, inactive status allows you to maintain your license without revocation and continuing education requirements. You may wish to maintain your inactive status if you practice out of state or have retired. Inactive status permits the licensee to retain their license in good standing and avoid cancellation, and allows the licensee to receive all NDBDE mailings.

A practitioner may upon  payment of an annual fee, place the license on inactive status. 

While on inactive status, the licensee may not engage in the practice of dentistry or dental hygiene in North Dakota until the individual submits a reinstatement application, pays the reinstatement fee, and meets any additional requirements established by rule of the board. 

North Dakota statutes governing the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene stipulate that to maintain your North Dakota inactive license you must renew your inactive license no later than December 31, of odd numbered years.  If the inactive license is not renewed the license is cancelled. 

Pursuant to Section 20-02-01-04.3 a license on inactive status may be reinstated prior to the next license expiration date provided grounds for denial of the application under the North Dakota Century Code section 43-28-18 do not exist. The practitioner must meet CE requirements and successfully complete the online jurisprudence.

Application Packet - Inactive Status

FAQs - Inactive and Reinstatement

Who is eligible to apply for reinstatement? 

To reinstate a license the applicant must have previously held a dental or dental hygiene license in North Dakota.  If you have not been actively practicing dentistry or dental hygiene in ND for ten years previous to application and have not kept inactive status current by annually maintaining inactive status, you may be required to apply for license by credential. To assure the Board has retained your credentials, contact the Board prior to application  (The ND Record Retention and Records Management laws require deletion of aged records).

 How do I maintain my inactive status?

To renew inactive status licensees are sent a notice of renewal by mid October, annually. The fee to remain on inactive status is $35.

 What if I fail to renew the inactive status by December 31st?

If the Board does not receive the renewal application and fee the inactive status expires. By sending the application, application fee and late fee, the inactive status may be reinstated. If the Board does not receive the application, and fees etc., by February 25, the inactive status is cancelled and cannot be renewed. 

How do I reinstate a license that is on inactive status? 

You must submit a completed reinstatement application, application fee and requirements of application. Requirements include appropriate proof of continuing education and certification in CPR within the twenty-four month period prior to requesting to reinstate the license. Upon receipt of your application and application fee, you will receive background check fingerprint cards. Instructions for taking an online jurisprudence and ethics exam are also sent to the applicant. The completed application is reviewed by the full Board for approval.  To determine the status of your application process, you may view documents received by the Board by logging in on the Board’s web site.  

Download Reinstatement Application Packet

Once I have submitted the application and requirements, when will I receive the license?

License applications are reviewed when the Board meets.  Completed applications which have met the requirements of licensure are granted licensure by majority vote of the Board during it’s meeting. Applicants may verify license status online.

Are there any other requirements of concern to an RDH reinstatement applicant? 

If you have been actively practicing dental hygiene in the three year period prior to application or have passed a clinical competency examination administered by a regional dental testing service, approved by the board in section 20-04-01-04, within two years of application, you are eligible for reinstatement. The board may, within the board’s discretion, waive this requirement. 

Are there any other requirements of concern to a DDS reinstatement applicant?

If you have been actively practicing dentistry in the five year period prior to application or have passed a clinical competency examination administered by a regional dental testing service, approved by the board in section 20-04-01-04, within five years of application, you are eligible for reinstatement. The board may, within the board’s discretion, waive this requirement.