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The Oregon Board of Dentistry does not expedite applications. We attempt to process applications in the order received and completed.
Typically it takes approximately six to eight weeks from the time we receive your application and fees for a license to be issued. The application process could go faster, but is dependent on the applicant filling out the forms appropriately and getting all required materials turned in.
On the Board's website you are able to use a form to submit electronically a request to check on the status of any type of application.
Because it usually takes about five to seven business days from the time you mail your application for the Board to receive it, it will generally take about two to three weeks from the time you submit your application(s) and fee(s) that we will mail you the examination, fingerprint form and a letter letting you know what is still outstanding on your application.
All fees are mandatory when applying for a license (including the biennial licensure fee and prescription drug monitoring fee(dentists only)) and for any permit or a restorative endorsement.
When applying for a new license, fees can be combined into one money order or cashier's check. Applicant's will want to make sure that the fees being submitted match the applications being submitted. If the fees and applications don't balance, all forms and fees will be returned to the applicant for correction. This will delay the process for obtaining a license in Oregon.
The best way to prevent delays is to carefully read and follow all directions, and to double-check every document carefully before submitting. The following are common issues which causes delays for applicants:
The Board does not release information on pending applications to anyone except the applicant, even if the applicant has given permission. In addition, the Board recommends that a potential employer not schedule patients until the applicant is actually licensed.
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