Coalition for Modernizing Dental Licensure | Coalition for Modernizing Dental Licensure

CMDL: Modernizing Dental Licensure

Advancing patient safety, access to care and professional mobility by improving the dental licensure process.

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Exciting News: The DDH Compact is now active!

Seven States Enact DDH Compact – Next Step: Compact Commission!

On Monday, April 22nd, 2024 Governor Janet Mills signed LD 2137, making Maine the seventh state to join the Dentist and Dental Hygienist (DDH) Compact. This officially activates the DDH Compact, allowing the first seven states to appoint their commissioners and begin the next phase in the process of increasing licensure portability around the country.

The seven states are Iowa, Washington, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Maine. 

Please view the press release announcement on behalf of the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), and the Association of Dental Support Organizations (ADSO).

What is the Coalition for Modernizing Dental Licensure (CMDL)?

CMDL is a coalition of 128 national and state organizations, institutions and programs representing dentistry, dental education, dental specialties, dental hygiene and nonprofit groups working to improve public access to oral health care.

Since its founding in 2018, the Coalition has focused on two essential goals:

  • To eliminate single-encounter, procedure-based patient examinations, replacing them with clinical assessments that have stronger validity and reliability evidence.
  • To increase licensure portability to allow for professional mobility and improved access to care.

Coalition founders based these objectives on findings shared by the Task Force on Assessment of Readiness to Practice (TARP). These recommendations continue to guide the Coalition’s work as we unite to modernize licensure practices for dentists and dental hygienists.

Read the TARP report

Call for Member At-large Nominations 

The Coalition's Executive Committee seeks a Member At-Large. The term is one year and self nominations are acceptable. 

Add your voice to the organizations working for modern licensure in dentistry and dental hygiene.
Explore perspectives on dental licensure, including progress made in specific states.
American Dental Hygienists’ Association leaders talk with Coalition Chair Dr. Joseph Crowley.
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Licensure information map

View general licensure requirements for your state, along with detailed requirements for specific dental credentials. 

Learn more about joining the Coalition

Who can join the Coalition?

Organizations, agencies and education programs that support dental licensure reform are invited to join the Coalition as Partners. Current Partners include national organizations, dental schools, dental hygiene programs, state dental associations, state dental hygiene associations and specialty dental associations.

See current Partners

Is there a financial commitment to join the Coalition?

There is no cost to join the Coalition. However, member organizations are responsible for covering travel costs for their own representatives to in-person Coalition meetings.

How can my organization join the Coalition?

Just follow the link below to begin your application. Once your completed application has been submitted, it will be reviewed by our Executive Committee. You will receive an email response within three weeks.

Apply now

Catch up on our latest news coverage and get details on the next Coalition meeting.
Questions? Contact the Coalition at or call 800.232.1352.