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Dental Licensure by State Map

COVID-19 Updates Related to Licensure:

  • COVID-19 related licensure updates are listed next to each state in the second column of the table located below the map. The ADA attempts to keep the map and associated information current, but the state dental board is the appropriate agency to contact for the most current and up-to-date information about licensure requirements during this time. 
  • The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations website provides current information on national dental and dental hygiene examinations, test administration eligibility windows and testing centers. 
  • The clinical testing agency websites provide updates on pending and future clinical examination schedules.

Access the Dental Licensure Map
The Dental Licensure Map below is provided by the ADA.  The ADA attempts to keep the Dental Licensure Map information current based on information from state dental boards, clinical testing agencies and state dental associations. Individuals seeking dental licensure are strongly urged consult with the respective state board of dentistry for additional information in addition to using the Dental Licensure Map. 

Select or hover over a state on the Dental Licensure Map to see which exams or pathways are accepted for initial licensure. 

Looking for information about continuing education requirements, licensure by credentials, or specialty licensure information? Find it in the table below the map.  Select the state you’re interested in and download the PDF with detailed licensure information or link directly to the state dental board. 
Definitions and explanations of licensure pathways and abbreviations (e.g., ADEX, CIF exams, PGY1, OSCE) used on the map can be found on the Licensure Pathways page.

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