Faculty Licensure

General Qualifications for Faculty Licensure

  1. Be at least 21 years of age.
  2. Be of good moral character and professional fitness, which is demonstrated by patterns of personal, academic and occupational behaviors, including final or pending disciplinary action on any occupational license in any jurisdiction, which, in the judgment of the Board, indicate honesty, accountability, trustworthiness, reliability, integrity, and ability.
  3. Pay all required fees.  There is no fee for Military Active Duty, Retirees or Military Spouses.  Payment for national and regional examinations and the Jurisprudence Assessment is still required.
  4. Submit an application for licensure.
  5. Provide information and documents as requested by the TSBDE.

Application and Supporting Document Requirements

Applicants must mail the following documents to the TSBDE:

  1. A copy of a diploma from a dental school.
  2. Endorsement from the Dean, Department Chair or Program Director of the employer-school verifying full-time or part-time salaried faculty position at a CODA-accredited dental school.
  3. National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) Self-Query.  All applicants are required to complete a self-query of the NPDB.  The report results must remain in the original sealed envelope and be attached to your application to the TSBDE.  NPDB self-query reports are valid for 30 days. NPDB charges a minimal fee to furnish this information. You can contact the NPDB at Post Office Box 10832, Chantilly, VA 22021, telephone number (800) 767-6732, or website http://www.npdb.hrsa.gov/pract/howToGetStarted.jsp.
  4. American Association of Dental Boards (AADB) Clearinghouse Self-Query.  Applicants are required to complete a self-query of the AADB Clearinghouse.  The report results must remain in the original sealed envelope and be attached to your application to the TSBDE.   AADB charges a minimal fee to furnish this information.  The AADB self-query form can be downloaded from the AADB website at http://dentalboards.org/clearinghouse/.  The AADB self-query form should be mailed to:  American Association of Dental Boards, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 760, Chicago, IL 60611.  
  5. Completion of the TSBDE Jurisprudence Assessment dated within one year immediately prior to application for licensure. (Fee required)
  6. Proof of current Basic Life Support (BLS) cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.
  7. Copy of driver's license, naturalization papers, or passport.
  8. Military should submit either a copy of Change of Station Orders, Identification Card or document showing proof of Honorable or General discharge.

2-Step Application and Payment Process

Step 1.  Apply by Mail.  

All applicants must mail a copy of their application and required documents to the TSBDE.

Step 2.  Paying to Activate Your License.  

  1. The status of your license will be Expired after it is first issued.
  2. You will receive a letter in the mail with instructions for paying your pro-rated Initial Renewal Fee online.  This fee will activate your license and change the status to Active.  This letter will authorize you to practice for 30 days.  Once you pay your fee online you should receive your new license in the mail approximately 7-10 days later.
    Exception:  Active duty military, veterans and active duty military spouses are not required to pay to activate their license.  The license will be issued and mailed to the applicant after the application has been approved.
  3. Your first license may be valid anywhere between 6 months to 17 months.  You will receive a reminder post card approximately 45 days prior to your license expiration date.

Additional Information

  • Anesthesia Permits.  Dentists must be issued a Texas Dental License before an Application for an Anesthesia Permit can be processed.
  • Change of Address.  Licensees are required to notify the TSBDE within 60 days of a change in address.
  • Continuing Education.  New licensees are exempt from completing CE during their first licensure period.  After the first license is renewed licensees should begin collecting CE.
  • CPR Requirement.  CPR Courses must include a hands-on demonstration of skills by the applicant on a manikin and a written assessment of skills.
  • Foreign Language Documents.  All documents issued in a foreign language must be translated to English.

Dentist Faculty Member License Application