Licensure for Foreign Educated Graduates

General Qualifications for Licensure

  1. Be at least 21 years of age.
  2. Pay all required fees. There is no application fee for military active duty, retirees, military active duty spouses.
  3. Submit an application for licensure.
  4. Provide information and documents as requested by the TSBDE.

Requirements for Licensure of Foreign Educated Dentists

  1. Be a graduate of a dental school, and
  2. Successfully pass the Joint Commission on National Dental Examination (Parts I and II).  Contact the National Board at 800-232-1694 or visit http://www.ada.org/en/jcnde/examinations/ for fee information.
  3. Successfully complete training in an American Dental Association (ADA) approved specialty education program that is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation that consists of at least two years of training as specified by the Council on Dental Education.  Please contact the school for fee information.  Click here to view a list of specialty programs recognized by the American Dental Association and the TSBDE.
    Recognized Specialties:  Endodontics, Periodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Public Health, or Prosthodontics.
    Programs Not Accepted/Not Recognized by the Texas Dental Board include:
    ​General Practice Residency (GPR) will not be recognized in lieu of completing a Regional Clinical Examination.
    Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) will not be recognized in lieu of completing a Regional Clinical Examination. 
  4. After completing an ADA CODA-accredited specialty residency education program and NBDE Part I and II, foreign graduates may request approval from the TSBDE to take a general dentistry regional clinical examination.  

To Request Approval to Take a Regional Examining Board: 

  1. Submit the Request for Regional Examining Board Approval Form. Click here to download the Regional Board Request Form.
  2. Submit proof of graduation from a dental school.  (Translated to English if in another language.)
  3. Submit proof of graduation from an ADA CODA-accredited two-year specialty training program.
  4. Proof of completion of the NBDE Part I and II scores.
  5. The TSBDE charges no fee to request permission to take a clinical examination.  

Regional Clinical Examining Boards

Below is a list of the Regional Clinical Examining Boards that the TSBDE recognizes.  Contact each board for examination fees.

Western Regional Examining Board (WREB)
Website:  www.wreb.org
Phone:  (602) 944-3315
General Dentistry Clinical Examination results must be dated within five years.  The perio and prosthodontic components must be taken.

Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS)
Website:  www.crdts.org
Phone:  (785) 273-0380
General Dentistry Clinical Examination results must be dated within five years.  

Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) (Formerly NERB) 
Website:  www.cdcaexams.org
Phone:  (301) 563-3300
General Dentistry Clinical Examination results must be dated within five years. Perio component must be taken.

Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA)
Website:  www.srta.org
Phone:  (757) 318-9082
General Dentistry Clinical Examination results must be dated within five years.  Perio component must be taken.

Council on Interstate Testing Agencies  (CITA)
Website:  www.citaexam.com
Phone:  (919) 460-7750
General Dentistry Clinical Examination results must be dated within five years.  Perio component must be taken.

Application and Supporting Document Requirements

Foreign graduates apply for a license using the Licensure by Examination Application. 

  1. Dental Licensure by Examination Application.

  2. Application Fee.  U.S. Military Active Duty, Veterans, and U.S. Military Active Duty Spouses do not pay an application fee.

  3. 2x2 passport photo (photo copies will not be accepted).

  4. Copy of current Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification

  5. Copy of driver’s license, naturalization papers, or passport.

  6. Proof of successful completion of dental school education issued by a foreign dental school.  (The transcript or diploma must be translated to English if in another language.)

  7. Proof of successful completion of the National Board Examinations Parts I and II.  The TSBDE has electronic access to scores that have been made available to Texas.

  8. ADA CODA-accredited two-year Specialty Residency Certificate of Completion.

  9. Proof of successful completion of a General Dentistry Clinical Examination dated within 5 years from the date of examination.  Score reports must remain in the original sealed envelope.  Click here for a list of regional clinical examining boards recognized by the TSBDE.  The TSBDE currently validates scores electronically from WREB, CDCA, ADEX, and CITA.

  10. Proof of completion of the TSBDE Jurisprudence Assessment taken within 12 months of submitting your application for licensure.

  11. National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) Self-Query.  The report results must remain in the original sealed envelope and be attached to your application. NPDB self-query reports are valid for 60 days. You can contact the NPDB at (800) 767-6732, or website https://www.npdb.hrsa.gov/pract/howToGetStarted.jsp

  12. American Association of Dental Boards (AADB) Clearinghouse Self-Query. The report results must remain in the original sealed envelope and be attached to your application to the TSBDE.  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.  

  13. If you hold a license in another state within the United States, a verification/certification of licensure with an official seal is required.

  14. U.S. Military Active Duty, Veterans, and U.S. Military Active Duty Spouses must provide a copy of their Military Order or Military I.D. Card.

Initial Renewal (License Activation) Process

  1. You will receive a letter in the mail with instructions for paying your pro-rated initial renewal (activation) 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 your fee has been paid, 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.  
  2. 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.

When a license application is approved, an Initial Renewal fee is assessed.  The status of your license will be "Expired" after it is first issued with a future date.  To pay your Initial Renewal fee, if you submitted an online application, log back into your account and select,  “Update date Profile,” then select, “Add License/Registration” (You will need to know your license number.).  If not, you will need to create an online account first then, “Update date Profile”, then select, “Add License/Registration.”

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