Licensure By Examination

General Qualifications for Licensure

  1. Be at least 21 years of age.
  2. Submit an application for licensure.
  3. 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 (only if you have not completed an online application).
  2. Application Fee (only if you have not paid online). Military Active Duty, Veterans and Military Active Duty Spouses do not pay an application fee.
  3. 2x2 passport photo (photo copies will not be accepted).
  4. Copy of driver’s license, naturalization papers, or passport.
  5. Copy 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. 
  8. Successful completion of National Boards Parts I and II. 
  9. Proof of completion of TSBDE Jurisprudence Assessment within one year immediately prior to application. 
  10. 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
  11. American Association of Dental Boards (AADB) Clearinghouse Self-Query.  Report results must remain in the original sealed envelope.  Download the self-query form from
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

Please allow 3 - 4 weeks for processing once the TSBDE has received a completed application.  Incomplete applications will delay the process.  Please do not contact the Licensing Division to check the status of your application unless it has been longer than 4 weeks and you have not been contacted via mail.  Once your application has been approved, you will receive an approval letter via the U.S. mail advising you of the license activation process.  

Initial Renewal (License Activation) Process

  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 (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 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.  A reminder post card will be mailed to the mailing address on file with the TSBDE 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.


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