Dentist


Click on the appropriate tab below to see the Renewal Requirements, Process, Fees and Continuing Education (CE) for a Dentist.

Licensed Dentists are required to renew their license no later than midnight, Eastern Time, on February 28, 2016.

The department will renew your license upon receipt of:

  1. Completed Renewal application
  2. Verification of your current status relating to prescribing controlled substances for the treatment of chronic nonmalignant pain
  3. Required fee (additional fees required for dispensing and anesthesia permits)
  4. Your current primary place of practice address
  5. Completed financial responsibility form

Note: To ensure you receive notification from the department regarding the renewal, the Department must have your current mailing address on file. Failure to renew an active or inactive license by the expiration date will result in the license being placed in delinquent status. Failure by a delinquent licensee to renew before the expiration of the current licensure cycle renders the license null and void without any further action by the board or the department.

Reactivation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a reactivation application
  2. Proof of continuing education credits (30 hours for each biennium the license was on inactive status)
  3. Proof of current CPR at the basic life support level in compliance with rule 64B5-12.020, FAC.

Dispensing Registration

If you are currently registered to dispense medicinal drugs to your patients, you are required to renew your registration at the same time you are renewing your dental license. If you are no longer interested in dispensing medicinal drugs, you can cancel your registration by checking the appropriate box on the renewal application.

If you are not currently registered to dispense medicinal drugs and would like to register, you can complete the registration process at the time you are renewing your license by checking the appropriate box on the renewal application and paying the dispensing registration fee. The registration fee will be in addition to your renewal fee.

Controlled Substance Prescriber

Effective January 1, 2012, a dentist licensed under chapter 466 who prescribes any controlled substance, listed in Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV as defined in s. 893.03, for the treatment of chronic nonmalignant pain, must:

Designate himself or herself as a controlled substance prescribing practitioner and comply with the requirements of this section and applicable board rules.

“Chronic nonmalignant pain” means pain unrelated to cancer which persists beyond the usual course of disease or the injury that is the cause of the pain or more than 90 days after surgery.

Military Exemption

If you are a member of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty who was in good standing with the board at the time of becoming active and was entitled to practice or engage in the practice of dentistry or dental hygiene in Florida, you may be eligible to be exempted from renewal requirements for the duration of active duty, and for a period of six months after discharge.

If you are the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, you may be eligible to be exempted from licensure renewal requirements, in cases of absence from the state due to your spouse’s duties with the Armed Forces.

Volunteer Health Services Exemption

If you volunteer your services to the medically indigent residents of Florida with incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, you may be eligible for a waiver of your biennial renewal fee and some of the continuing education hours (no more than 25%) required for license renewal; however, the continuing education requirements for domestic violence, HIV and AIDS, and medical errors cannot be waived.

Current licenses will expire at midnight, Eastern Time, February 28, 2016.

The process to renew a license can take up to three weeks. Initiating contact to confirm the receipt of fees or the status of your license prior to this time will not expedite the renewal process.

An additional fee is added to the renewal fee for each of the following if requested:

Dispensing fee- $100.00

General Anesthesia fee- $200.00

Conscious Sedation fee- $200.00

Pediatric Conscious Sedation fee- $200.00

Delinquent licenses that expired on February 28, 2014 become null and void on March 01, 2016.

Note: At least 90 days before your license expires, the department will mail you a renewal notification postcard to your last known address of record. You will have until midnight on the day your license expires to renew. Failure to renew an active or inactive license by the expiration date will result in the license being placed in delinquent status. Failure by a delinquent licensee to renew before the expiration of the current licensure cycle renders the license null and void without any further action by the board or the department.

You may RENEW ONLINE if:

1.You do not need to change the status of your license

2.You have a credit card/debit card to complete the transaction

3.Your license status is not ‘Military, Active’

If you lose your user identification and password you may recover it by clicking Login Help. After logging in to the renewal system, licensees will be prompted to answer a series of questions and required to provide certain information, if appropriate. The renewal process typically takes 10-15 minutes and licensees pay their renewal fee by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover when they are done.

You must RENEW BY MAIL if:

  1. You need to change the status of your license
  2. You do NOT have a credit card/debit card to complete the transaction and need to pay using a cashiers check or money order
  3. Your license is in ‘Military, Active’ status
  4. Your license is in a Volunteer status
  5. You need to request a name change

To Print Your Renewal Notice Online:

  1. Go to www.FLHealthsource.gov
  2. Click the Renew My License button
    1. You will need your user ID and password to logon
    2. If you do not know your user ID and password click on Login Help
  3. Once you are properly logged in, you may print your renewal notice by selecting the Renew License link, then click on the Renew by Mail option.

Note: A licensee who remains on inactive status for more than two consecutive biennial licensure cycles and who wishes to reactivate the license may be required to demonstrate the competency to resume active practice by sitting for a special purpose examination or by completing other reactivation requirements.

If you are reactivating your license, please refer to the Laws & Rules governing your practice for additional requirements.

Name Change

Name changes require legal documentation showing the name change. Please submit a request including your full name as it appears on your license, profession, license number, your new name, your date of birth, the last four digits of your social security number, and your signature. Attach supporting documents, which must be one of the following:

  • a copy of a state issued marriage license that includes the original signature and seal from the clerk of the court
  • a divorce decree showing the name change
  • a court order showing the name change (Adoption, legal name change, federal identity change)

Any one of these will be accepted unless the department has a question about the authenticity of the document. A social security card is not considered legal documentation.
Please Note: The last four digits of the SSN are requested as required by DOH Policy Number DOHP 385-LS05-12 Name Changes for Existing Licensees, which was established for security purposes due to past instances of fraudulent activity.

An additional fee is added to the renewal fee for each of the following if requested:

Dispensing Fee $100.00
General Anesthesia Fee $200.00
Conscious Sedation Fee $200.00
Pediatric Conscious Sedation Fee $200.00

If renewing BEFORE your license expires, your fees will be:

Active to Active $305.00*
Inactive to Inactive $305.00
Active to Inactive $305.00
Inactive to Active $605.00*
Active to Retired $55.00
Inactive to Retired $55.00
Dispensing Registration* $100.00

If renewing AFTER the Renewal Period (on or after 2/28/2014 through 3/31/2014)
for licenses that expired on 02/28/2014, your fees will be:

Active to Active $355.00
Inactive to Inactive $355.00
Active to Inactive $655.00
Inactive to Active $955.00
Active to Retired $405.00
Inactive to Retired $405.00

If renewing AFTER the Renewal Period (on or after 4/01/2014 through 11/01/2015)
for licenses that expired on 02/28/2014, your fees will be:

Active to Active $455.00
Inactive to Inactive $455.00
Active to Inactive $755.00
Inactive to Active $1,055.00
Active to Retired $505.00
Inactive to Retired $505.00


If renewing
120 day Notified Delinquent (on or after 11/01/2015 through 2/28/2016)
for licenses that expired on 02/28/2014, your fees will be:

Active to Active $760.00
Inactive to Inactive $760.00
Active to Inactive $760.00
Inactive to Active $1,060.00
Active to Retired $510.00
Inactive to Retired $510.00

 Delinquent licenses that expired on February 28, 2014 become null and void on March 01, 2016.

Continuing Education (CE) Requirements

Required Subject Area Required Number of Hours Important Information
General Hours 28
Medical Error 2
Domestic Violence 2 Must be Board approved. Due every third biennium beginning July 1, 2006 and are included in the 30 hours required
Current CPR Certification 0 Required to have a current CPR Certification and it must be a live course

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First Biennium Renewal: If you are newly licensed and renewing your license for the first time you are only required to complete 2 hours of HIV/AIDS.

CE Reporting Information →

Board Rule Approved Providers

  • American or National Dental Associations
  • Florida Dental Association or it’s components.
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Red Cross, American Heart Association, & American Cancer Society
  • American Medical Association’s Liaison Committee for Medical Education
  • A dental, dental hygiene or dental assisting school accredited by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • A hospital, college, university, or community college, accredited by an accrediting agency approved by the United States Department of Education
  • Providers and courses approved by the Board of Dentistry listed in CEBroker

Other Methods of Obtaining Continuing Education per Biennium

  • 6 hours for participating in dental hygiene exercise
  • 8 hours for participating in dental clinical exercise
  • 11 hours for participating in both exercises listed above
  • 7 hours for participating in pro bono dental and dental hygiene services to the indigent residing in Florida (Credit calculated at a ratio of 1 CE credit for each 1 hour of patient services)
  • 11 hours total for participating as an expert witness in disciplinary review cases
  • 3 hours per semester/quarter if participating as part of a course at an accredited school as adjunct or part-time faculty. Restrictions apply.
  • Up to 4 hours for attending a meeting of the Board of Dentistry wherein disciplinary cases are considered.
  • 2 hours as an anesthesia inspection consultant

Helpful Information

  • Each anesthesia permit holder must complete at least four (4) hours of continuing education relating to anesthesia each biennium the permit is held, to include two (2) hours dealing with the management of medical emergencies. These hours would be included in the 30 hours of required continuing education.

Florida Statutes

Section 456.013: Department; general licensing provisions
Section 456.024: Members of Armed Forces in good standing with administrative boards or the department; spouses
Section 456.031: Requirement for instruction on domestic violence
Section 456.033: Requirement for instruction for certain licensees on HIV and AIDS
Section 456.035: Address of record
Section 456.036: Licenses; active and inactive status; delinquency
Section 456.038: Renewal and cancellation notices
Section 456.048: Financial responsibility requirements for certain health care practitioners
Section 456.0635: Medicaid fraud; disqualification for license, certification, or registration
Section 466.013: Renewal of license
Section 466.0135: Continuing Education; Dentists
Section 466.015: Inactive status
Section 465.0276: Dispensing practitioner
Section 766.1115: Health care providers; creation of agency relationship with governmental contractors.
Section 766.1116: Health care practitioner; waiver of license renewal fees and continuing education

Florida Administrative Code

Rule 64B5-10: Inactive Licensure Status, Renewal, Reactivation, and Exemptions
Rule 64B5-12: Continuing Professional Education
Rule 64B5-15: Fee Schedule
Rule 64B5-17.011: Financial Responsibility