Licensure By Examination

General Qualifications for 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 application fee for military active duty, veterans, or active duty military spouses.
  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. Application for Licensure by Examination or Online Application Summary.
  2. Application Fee or Online Payment Summary. Military Active Duty, Veterans and Military Active Duty Spouses do not pay an application fee.
  3. 2x2 passport photo
  4. Copy of driver’s license, naturalization papers, or passport.
  5. Proof of current Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification.
  6. Official school transcript showing proof of graduation from a Commission on Dental Accreditation-accredited (CODA) dental school.  Transcripts must remain in the original sealed envelope.
  7. Proof of completion of a general dentistry clinical examination administered by a regional clinical examining board 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.   If you took the WREB exam in 2016, you do not need to send in a sealed score report.  You can send in a copy of your report and TSBDE staff will verify your score.  
  8. Proof of completion of National Boards Parts I and II.  Score reports must remain in the original sealed envelope.
  9. Proof of completion of TSBDE Jurisprudence Assessment within one year immediately prior to application. 
  10. Receipt showing you passed a fingerprint criminal records check.  (
  11. National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) Self-Query.  Report results must remain in the original sealed envelope.  NPDB self-query reports are valid for 60 days. Contact the NPDB at telephone number (800) 767-6732, or website
  12. American Association of Dental Boards (AADB) Clearinghouse Self-Query.  Report results must remain in the original sealed envelope.  Download the self-query form from
  13. For applicants who have held a license in another state/jurisdiction: A verification of licensure with imprint of state seal issued from a state board of dentistry in which the applicant has ever held a license to practice dentistry or dental hygiene.  A copy of the license alone is not acceptable.
  14. Military Active Duty, Veterans or Military Active Duty Spouses must provide either a copy of Military Change of Station Orders, Identification Card or a document showing proof of Honorable or General Discharge.

2-Step Application and Payment Process

Step 1.  Apply for your License by Mail or Online

All applicants must mail a copy of their paper application/online application summary 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 Board 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.


Apply Online or Print Paper Application