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Dental Licenses & Permits
Qualifications for License
Licensure as a Specialist​
Application Process
Refusal to Issue a License
Application Forms
Dental Licenses & Permits
Obtaining a License to Practice Dentistry in Oregon
Basic Statute and Rules
ORS 679.060 and OAR 818-021-0010

Qualifications for License
To qualify for licensure in Oregon as a Dentist, all applicants must:
  • Be 18 years of age or older;
  • Have graduated from a dental school accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA/ADA); or, if the applicant graduated from a non-ADA accredited dental school, have completed a predoctoral dental education program of not less than two years accredited by the ADA;
  • Pass both Parts I and II of the National Board dental exams or the Canadian National Dental Examining Board Examination;
  • Have successfully passed any state or regional clinical examination; and
  • Pass the Board's Jurisprudence examination.
All applicants are subject to a background check including fingerprints and a check of the National Practitioners Data Bank (NPDB) the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB). Information regarding criminal convictions and disciplinary action by health professional licensing boards will also be requested.

Licensure as a Specialist
Oregon issues dental licenses in nine dental specialties:  Endodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthodontics and Dental Orthopedics, Pediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Public Health Dentistry.
A dentist who wishes to obtain an Oregon dental license limited to the practice of a recognized specialty, must submit to the Board satisfactory evidence of:
  • Having graduated from a school of dentistry accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA/ADA), and active licensure as a general dentist in another state. Licensure as a general dentist must have been obtained as a result of the passage of any clinical Board examination administered by any state or regional testing agency; or
  • If the applicant graduated from a non-ADA accredited dental school, either
  1. completion of a predoctoral dental education program of not less than two years at an ADA accredited dental school; proficiency in the English language, and evidence of licensure as a general dentist in another state; or
  2. certification of having successfully passed a state or regional clinical examination within the five years immediately preceding application, and proficiency in the English language.
  • Certification of having passed Parts I and II of the National Boards; and
  • Proof of satisfactory completion of a CODA/ADA accredited post-graduate specialty program in the dental specialty for which a license is sought.
Applicants who meet the above requirements shall be issued a specialty dental license (limited to the practice of the specialty) upon
  • Passing the Board's specialty examination conducted by examiners appointed by the Board, and
  • Passing the Board's Jurisprudence examination.

Application Process
Prior to a license being issued, all applicants must pay the appropriate application, examination and licensure fees (fees paid are non-refundable). Applicants will be required to submit fingerprints and details of any convictions recorded in any police records, or of any disciplinary action taken by a licensing Board. Verification of licensure must be submitted by all states in which the applicant holds, or has held, a license. If the applicant has, or has had, a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) permit, the applicant must authorize the DEA to release information to the Board regarding any restrictions or actions taken against the permit.

Refusal to Issue a License
The Board may refuse to issue a license to an applicant who has been convicted of an offense or disciplined by a dental licensing body in a manner that bears, in the judgment of the Board, a demonstrable relationship to the ability of the applicant to practice dentistry in accordance with the provisions of the Dental practice Act, or who has falsified an application for licensure, or any person for any cause described under ORS 679.140 or 679.170.

Application Forms
May be downloaded from this website or
Write to us at:
Oregon Board of Dentistry
1600 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 770
Portland, Oregon 97201-5519

Call: 971-673-3200
Fax: 971-673-3202
E-Mail: Teresa.Haynes@state.or.us