How Do I Reinstate My Canceled License?

General Qualifications

If you are currently licensed and have been in practice in another state for the two years preceding the date of application, you may obtain a new license without reexamination.

License Requirements

Applicants must mail the following documents to the TSBDE:

  1. Submit a fully completed application. Submitting an incomplete application will delay your application process. 
  2. Application Fee.  Military Active Duty, Veterans or Military Active Duty Spouses do not pay a fee.
  3. A 2x2 passport photo.
  4. Copy of driver’s license, naturalization papers, or passport.
  5. Copy of current Basic Life Support CPR certification.
  6. Official school transcript showing proof of graduation from a Commission on Dental Accreditation-accredited (CODA) dental school.
  7. ​Proof of successful completion of National Boards Parts I and II.  Original Scores are required.  
  8. Proof of completion of a general dentistry clinical examination administered by one of the following:
    • Western Regional Examining Board (WREB)
    • Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS)
    • Council on Interstate Testing Agencies (CITA)
    • Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA)
    • Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA)
  9. Proof of completion of TSBDE Jurisprudence Assessment within one year immediately prior to application. 
  10. Proof of active practice within the last two years.  Document must be prepared and signed by former employer or a credible source that can verify practice and should clearly state that you are currently in practice. A contact telephone number should be included for independent verification.
  11. National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) Self-Query Report.  The report results must remain in the original sealed envelope.  NPDB self-query reports are valid for 60 days.  You can contact the NPDB at (800) 767-6732 or visit their website at
  12. American Association of Dental Boards (AADB) Clearinghouse Self-Query Report.  The report results must remain in the original sealed envelope. The AADB self-query form can be downloaded from the AADB website at  The AADB self-query form should be mailed to:  American Association of Dental Boards, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 760, Chicago, IL 60611.  
  13. 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.
  14. For applicants who have held a license in another state/jurisdiction: A verification of licensure with an imprint of the state seal issued from every 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.

Two 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.  Initial Renewal Process (License Activation)

  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.
  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

  1. Anesthesia Permits - Dentists must be issued a Texas Dental License before an Application for an Anesthesia Permit can be processed.
  2. Change of Address - Licensees are required to notify the TSBDE within 60 days of a change in address.
  3. 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.
  4. CPR Requirement - CPR Courses must include a hands-on demonstration of skills by the applicant on a manikin and a written assessment of skills.

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