Licensure By Credentials

General Qualifications

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Pay all required fees.
  3. Submit an application for licensure.
  4. Provide information and documents as requested by the TSBDE.

Licensure by Credentials Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Graduation from dental or dental hygiene school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association (ADA).
  2. Successful completion of the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.
  3. Successful completion of a regional dental hygiene clinical exam.
  4. Have practiced dentistry or dental hygiene:
    1. for a minimum of three (3) of the five (5) years immediately preceding application; or
    2. as a dental educator for the five (5) years immediately preceding application to Texas.
  5. Is currently licensed as a hygienist in good standing in another state, District of Columbia, or a territory of the United States.
  6. Have no disciplinary actions or felony convictions. 
  7. Complete a Level II Background check completed by the Professional Background Information Service (PBIS). No Fingerprint Background Check is conducted when applying for Licensure by Credentials.  If you held a Texas Dental License that has been canceled, contact the TSBDE before you complete the PBIS Background Check process.
    Professional Background Information Service
    23460 N. 19th Avenue, Suite 225
    Phoenix, AZ 85027
    Office: (602) 861-5867
    Fax: (602) 861-9656
  8. Complete the TSBDE Jurisprudence Assessment within 12 months immediately prior to application.
  9. Complete of 12 hours of Continuing Education (CE) taken within the preceding 12 months.
  10. Hold a current BLS CPR certification.

Application Process

The following documents must be mailed to the TSBDE:

  1. A fully completed application and fee.
  2. 2x2 passport photo.
  3. Copy of driver’s license, naturalization papers, or passport.
  4. Letter issued by the PBIS stating your Level II Background Check for credentialing has been completed and sent to the TSBDE.
  5. Jurisprudence Assessment certificate of completion. 
  6. Proof of completion of 12 hours of Continuing Education in accordance with TSBDE Rule 104.2.
  7. 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 60 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
  8. Military Active Duty, Veterans or Military Active Duty Spouses must provide either a copy of military Change of Station Orders, a military identification card or a document showing proof of honorable or general discharge to have the fee waived.

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.

  3. 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.  

  4. 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

  1. Change of Address. Licensees are required to notify the TSBDE within 60 days of a change in address.
  2. 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. CE must be completed in accordance with TSBDE Rule 104.2.
  3. CPR Requirement. CPR Courses must include a hands-on demonstration of skills by the applicant on a manikin and a written assessment of skills.
  4. Jurisprudence Assessment must be completed once every three years.

Dental Hygiene Licensure Application