Limited Dental Hygienist


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Requirements for a limited dental hygienist license can be found in Section 456.015, Florida Statutes and Rule 64B5-7.007, Florida Administrative Code and include:

Graduation from dental hygiene program which is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation

  1. Licensed to practice dental hygiene in any jurisdiction in the United States for at least ten (10) years
  2. Has not committed or is not under investigation for prosecution for any act which would constitute the basis for discipline pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 466, F.S.
  3. Practices only in the employ of public agencies or non-profit agencies or institutions which meet the requirements of Section 501(c)(3), F.S., of the Internal Revenue Code, are permitted under Rule 64B5-7.006, F.A.C., and which provide professional liability coverage for acts or omissions of the limited licensee.
  4. Complies with all continuing education requirements of active licensees.

If the applicant for a limited license submits a notarized statement from the employer stating the applicant will not receive monetary compensation for any service involving the practice of dentistry or dental hygiene, the application fee and all licensure fees shall be waived.

A limited licensee may provide services only to the indigent, or critical need populations within the state. The standard for determining indigency shall be recognized by the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines produced by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Health Care Fraud; Disqualification for License, Certificate, or Registration

Effective July 1, 2012, section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, provides that health care boards or the department shall refuse to issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant:

1. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under Chapter 409, F.S., (relating to social and economic assistance), Chapter 817, F.S., (relating to fraudulent practices), Chapter 893, F.S., (relating to drug abuse prevention and control) or a similar felony offense(s) in another state or jurisdiction unless the candidate or applicant has successfully completed a drug court program for that felony and provides proof that the plea has been withdrawn or the charges have been dismissed. Any such conviction or plea shall exclude the applicant or candidate from licensure, examination, certification, or registration, unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or plea ended:

  1. For the felonies of the first or second degree, more than 15 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
  2. For the felonies of the third degree, more than 10 years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;
  3. For the felonies of the third degree under section 893.13(6)(a), F.S., more than five years from the date of the plea, sentence and completion of any subsequent probation;

2. Has been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a felony under 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 (relating to controlled substances) or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396 (relating to public health, welfare, Medicare and Medicaid issues), unless the sentence and any subsequent period of probation for such conviction or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the date of the application;

3. Has been terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid program pursuant to section 409.913, F.S., unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with the Florida Medicaid program for the most recent five years;

4. Has been terminated for cause, pursuant to the appeals procedures established by the state or Federal Government, from any other state Medicaid program, unless the candidate or applicant has been in good standing with a state Medicaid program for the most recent five years and the termination occurred at least 20 years before the date of the application;

5. Is currently listed on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General’s List of Excluded Individuals and Entities.

Submit the application for limited licensure for dentist/dental hygienist and the following items:

Transcripts from dental hygiene college or school or copy of diploma

  1.  Licensure status in other states including disciplinary actions
  2.  Proof of current CPR certification in basic life support with AED
  3. Letter of intent to employ from employing agency
  4. $105 licensure fee or fee waiver form if volunteering

Submit your application, supporting documentation, and applicable fee payment to the following address:

Department of Health
Board of Dentistry
4052 Bald Cypress Way, #C08
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3258

Certified check or money order should be made payable to the Florida Department of Health.

Application Fee$85.00 (non-refundable)
Initial license feeIs included in the application fee

Click on Chapter or Section Number to View

Florida Statutes

Chapter 466: Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, and Dental Laboratories

Section 456.013: Department; general licensing provisions

Section 456.015: Limited licenses

Florida Administrative Code

Rule 64B5-7: Dental Practice Permits

Rule 64B5-12: Continuing Professional Education

Note: Before practicing dentistry in Florida, read Chapter 456 and Chapter 466, Florida Statutes (F. S.) and Rule Chapter 64B5, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C). You must know and comply with the laws and rules as they pertain to your professional practice. Laws and rules are subject to change at any time. For updated information refer to the following web-sites www.leg.state.fl.us (Florida Statutes) and www.flrules.org/default.asp (Florida Administrative Code).