A completed application and application fee must be received by the Board 30 days prior to a meeting of the Board. Once the application has been received by the Board, the applicant may then begin submitting other required documents such as transcripts, copies of diploma etc. Application fees are nonrefundable, even if the application is subsequently denied or the applicant fails to complete the application. The Board will not discuss or give information regarding the application with anyone other than the applicant. Applicants may view the NDBDE website to review documents that have been received by the Board.
Applications must be complete within 12 months of filing.
The Board cannot grant a license unless all requirements have been met.
All applicants must be a graduate of a program accredited by the ADA's Commission on Dental Accreditation.
Applicants are required to submit fingerprints and undergo a criminal background check. The appropriate forms will be sent to the applicant upon receipt of the application and application fee. The Board will seek information from recognized data sources including the National Practitioners Data Bank, liability insurers, health care institutions, and law enforcement agencies.
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.
The applicant has passed within two years of application the examination administered by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) or the Dental Hygiene Certification Board of Canada.
Due to challenges of COVID-19, the Board shall waive the live-patient clinical board examinations in lieu of the manikin-based clinical competency dental hygiene exam for the 2020 calendar year allowing for licensure in ND. Therefore, the NDBDE will accept manikin based clinical competency exams results from CRDTS, CITA and WREB. Although the Board has proposed to amend rules to accept the CDCA administered ADEX Dental Hygiene Exam, the rules amendment process remains incomplete and therefore the NDBDE cannot accept the ADEX exam at this time.
A hygienist who is licensed and has been actively practicing dentistry for three years immediately preceding application in another jurisdiction where the requirements are at least substantially equivalent to those of this state may apply to the NDBDE for a License by Credential review pursuant to the following:
License by Credential applicants may or may not be scheduled to appear before the Board for the informal interview and to complete the ND Jurisprudence & Ethics examination. Applicants required to appear before the Board will be notified by the Executive Director regarding the scheduled time. Plan travel times accordingly.
An applicant must report to the board in writing any illegal, unethical, or errant behavior or conduct of the dentist, including malpractice judgements or settlements or final judgment for or against the licensee, a final disposition by a licensing agency in another state, territory, or country; all proceedings, of formal or informal actions by a governmental agency; a law enforcement agency; or a court for an act or conduct that would constitute grounds for discipline.
If you have a conviction, or any other incident to report as required by application, send with the application supporting documentation and/or certified copies of all court documents related to the matter discussed in the petition. Documentation includes, as applicable, a copy of any assessment or evaluation and recommendations for treatment, criminal charges, reported offenses, police reports, judgments, dispositions of criminal complaint, dispositions of offenses, final dispositions, court orders, actions pending, and deferred judgments. Not doing so may delay the licensing process.
The NDBDE accepts the following regional clinical competency examinations:
Required documents such as CE, references etc., may be sent to the Board after the application and application fee have been received. Once the application and fee have been received by the Board’s office the applicant will be sent criminal background check fingerprint cards with instructions. Processing this information may take up to 14 business days. Additional requirements of reinstatement include:
Upon payment of the fee a dental hygienist or dentist may place the license on inactive status. At the time of renewal a license that is current and in good standing may be converted to inactive status. While on inactive status licensed dentists or dental hygienists are not required to submit continuing education. 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.
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 the Board.
To maintain a North Dakota inactive license, the licensee must be renewed no later than December 31, annually. 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 do not exist. The practitioner must meet CE requirements and successfully complete the online jurisprudence examination.
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 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).
To renew inactive status licensees are sent a notice of renewal by mid October, annually. The fee to remain on inactive status is $35.
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.
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.
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.
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.