How Do I Renew My RDA Registration/Certificate?

Registered Dental Assistant Renewal (RDA) Instructions

In aligning with recent rule changes, upon renewal of your registration your expiration date will be staggered to a biennial renewal affecting licensees due to renew by 10/31/2018 and there after.

A system has been created in order to evenly distribute renewals to be moved to a two year license. Licensees selected for a one year renewal will pay the one year renewal fee. Licensees selected for a two year renewal will be required to pay the 2 year renewal fee.


If your renewal was updated to reflect a one year renewal, when you next renew your license in 2019, it will be for 2 years.


Renewal postcards will continue to be sent out 60 days prior to your expiration date to the mailing address provided.


Any questions should be directed to the Licensing division at

Renewing Online

If you have already created an account, Log on to your account, from the “Quick Start Menu” under “Its Time to Renew” click on “Select” next to your RDA registration number and proceed through the online renewal application. After submitting your application, a copy of your application summary and online payment receipt will be emailed to you. Note: License expiration dates are updated on the TSBDE website the next business day and can be verified in the Licensee Search.


If you searched your license and notice it has not been updated the next business day, you may have one or more of the following deficiencies:

  • Student Loan Default
  • Expired CPR
  • Office of the Attorney General (OAG) Child Support hold
  • Continuing Education (CE) Audit

If you have not used the Online Licensing System, you will need to create an online account before you renew. You will need the following:

  • An active email account,
  • Your RDA Registration Number,
  • Your Social Security Number,
  • Your Date of Birth, and
  • Your Zip Code.

DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE! Allow sufficient time for delays if assistance is needed with the process!


Link to a list of Common Online Errors: Click here.


Having problems logging on/technical support: Follow this link to contact the Health Professions Council: here.  Allow 2-3 business days for a response and be sure to clearly explain the issue you are having.


If you have difficulty with making or processing your payment online contact (24 hours a day 7 days a week) toll free at 1-800-399-2969.

Steps for Renewing By Mail

Submit a fully completed renewal application. An incomplete renewal application will not be processed and will be returned. An unsuccessful attempt to renew your registration does not satisfy the requirement of filing the renewal application and paying the fee prior to the registration expiration.

Registered Dental Assistant Renewal Form

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there a grace period for renewing?  No. A penalty will be added to your renewal fee if you are 1-90 days past due. A second penalty will be added to your renewal fee if you are 91-365 days late.
  • Do I have to complete a FP background check for renewal? No. Currently, fingerprint background checks are being conducted for new registrations only.
  • Do I have to complete Continuing Education before I renew my RDA?   Yes. After you renew your first RDA Certificate you should begin collecting CE hours. You must complete CE before you renew your certificate every year.
  • Does my CPR Card need to be current to renew my RDA?  Yes. You must have completed a current hands-on course in basic life support.
  • Can a cancelled RDA registration be renewed?  No. You must reapply for a new RDA registration. As well as meet all the current requirements.