Initial Licensing & Permitting

General Information | All Applicants

  • The North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners grants licensure to qualified dental or dental hygiene applicants and registers two levels of dental assistants; RDA  (registered dental assistant) or QDA (qualified dental assistant).
  • The Board regularly holds quarterly meetings at which time license applications are reviewed. Applications must be submitted to the Executive Director 30 days prior to a meeting of the Board.
  • Initial license by credential or examination dental and dental hygiene applicants must submit to a ND background check. Applicants by credential must also obtain a Level II Background Check from Professional Background Information Services (PBIS).  
  • A dental assistant must be registered with the Board to provide expanded duties.
  • The Board does not issue specialty licenses. 
  • All dental and dental hygiene applicants must undergo a criminal background check.
  • The Board office will not discuss an application with anyone other than the applicant. Applicants may contact the Board office regarding the status of an application.
  • You may check your application status to find out what documents the Board has received and what documents are missing before your license/registration will be issued. The Board office updates the status as documents are received in the Board office. 
  • Incomplete applications or applications submitted without the application fee will be returned. All fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

A permit is required for the following:


  • 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.
  • Dentists, dental hygienists, qualified and registered dental assistants are required to maintain current CPR. Online courses are not accepted.
  • All applicants are required to successfully complete the ND Ethics and Jurisprudence Examination.