The purpose of the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners is to ensure that the dental profession merit and receive the confidence of the public and that only qualified persons be permitted to practice dentistry and dental hygiene in the state of North Carolina. Click here for directions to our office.

For Recent Graduates Awaiting Licensure

Dental and Dental Hygiene Licenses will be issued beginning May 22 for those with completed applications. The first batch will be available for pickup from the Board's office on Tuesday, May 28 from 8 am to 5 pm. Please check the License Verification page to confirm license has been issued before coming to pick up. Licenses not picked up on Tuesday will be mailed on Wednesday, May 29. Batches will be issued weekly thereafter as applications complete, usually on Fridays.

Please note that you may not practice until you have your license in hand!!

Renew Online

The 2019 Renewal Period is now closed! The online renewal system is open from November 1 to March 31 each year.

Dentists and hygienists may update their addresses anytime through our online system:

Enter your 4 or 5 digit dental/dental hygiene license number
Your PIN number will be the last 4 digits of your social security number

| Dentists update here | | Hygienists update here |

To renew instructors licenses, anesthesia and sedation permits during the renewal period, go to the License Renewal page and choose the correct system.

As of 2015, we no longer mail renewal certificates for dental and dental hygiene. You may now print your own for no charge immediately after renewing. Log into the system, choose "Print Certificate" from the menu and follow the prompts.

As of last year, if you hold a DEA license, there are new requirements for renewal. You must have taken a course including at least one hour on the prescribing of opioids, and you must be registered with the Controlled Substance Reporting System. Info on both of these requirements may be found on our What's New page.

If your license has already lapsed, Reinstatement applications may also be found on the License Renewal page.

New State Law Requires Opioid Prescribing Course

Beginning in 2017, as a condition of dental license renewal for 2018, all licensees who prescribe controlled substances MUST complete an annual CE course of at least one hour that shall include, but not be limited to, instruction on controlled substance prescribing practice and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management. Courses may be taken in-person or online. See the “What’s New” tab for more information.

Board's E-Newsletter Now Available

The Board is no longer publishing a paper version of "The Dental Board Forum." The new electronic newsletter entitled "E-Forum" is its replacement and will be posted regularly on this website. To view the latest editions click here.

Notice of Request for Early Review by Rules Review Commission and Right to Object

The Board of Dental Examiners is engaged in the process of periodic review of its rules under N.C.G.S. 150B-21.3A.  The Board has proposed whether each one of its rules should remain in the Administrative Code, be removed or be readopted; has received public comments on those categorizations; has considered those public comments; and has adopted a final report categorizing its rules.

The next step in the process is for the North Carolina Rules Review Commission (the “RRC”) to review that report and issue a final determination on the categorization of the rules.  That review is currently scheduled for February 2019.  However, because the Board has already prepared its final report and would like to accelerate the process of streamlining its regulations, the Board has asked the RRC to reschedule its review of our final classifications for the rules to an earlier date.  At its October 19, 2017 meeting, the RRC will consider whether to reschedule the RRC’s review to an earlier date.  The Board has requested that the review occur at the RRC’s meeting on November 16, 2017.
You have a right to submit public comments on our request for early review of our final rule classifications.   The only matter currently before the RRC is whether the review will occur in February 2019, as scheduled, or on an earlier date.  The substance of the categorizations will not be reviewed until November 16, 2017 (if the Board’s request is granted).

The RRC will consider objections from the public when it decides whether to grant our early review request. You have a right to submit public comments on our request for early review of our final rule classifications.  If you have an objection to the early review request, you should submit it in writing to the RRC before its October 19, 2017 meeting. You can submit your objection:
·         By email to: rrc.comments@oah.nc.gov.
·         By USPS to: NC Rules Review Commission, 6714 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6700.
·         In person or by delivery service to: NC Rules Review Commission, 1711 New Hope Church Road, Raleigh NC, 27609.

Regarding Sedation, Please Note!

As of July 3, 2009, no one may use sedation who has not obtained a permanent permit! Apply now for a permit! The current sedation rules went into effect June 1, 2017. Applications are available now. Click here.

A list of Board-approved courses can be found by clicking the “What’s New” link at the top of this page.

Functions of the Board of Dental Examiners
The administration of licensure examinations for dentists and dental hygienists
The promulgation of rules and enforcement of laws and regulations governing the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in this state
The issuance and renewal of licenses to dentists and dental hygienists