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License Application Status

Find the status of your license application by checking our online license verifications; your name will be added immediately when your license number is issued.

We cannot provide the status of a licensure application by phone. After you have submitted all your documentation, please allow 6 weeks before submitting a Contact Us Form to request a status update. Contacting us earlier may extend processing times for applications. During busy times, this time frame may increase. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Please provide your name, the last 4 digits of your social security number, date of birth, and the name of the profession in any correspondence.


Education Credentials from Non-approved Programs

If you have questions about acceptable documentation to verify education completed outside the U.S. or in non-approved programs, contact:

NY State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Bureau of Comparative Education
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
518-474-3817, Press 1 then ext. 300 (voice)
518-486-2966 (fax)
comped@nysed.gov


Licensing Examination

The licensing examination for dentistry is administered by:

Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
1-800-232-1694 (voice)
http://www.ada.org/prof/ed/testing/nbde01/index.asp External Link Icon

Licensing examinations for dental hygiene are administered by:

Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
1-800-232-1694 (voice)
http://www.ada.org/prof/ed/testing/nbde01/index.asp External Link Icon

North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners, Inc. (NERB)
8484 Georgia Ave., Suite 900
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-563-3300 (voice)
301-563-3307 (fax)
http://www.nerb.org External Link Icon

The licensing examination for certified dental assisting is administered by:

Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.
444 N. Michigan Ave, Ste. 900
Chicago, IL 60611
1-800-367-3262 (voice)
312-642-8507 (fax)
http://www.danb.org External Link Icon


Practice Issues and Continuing Education

For answers to questions concerning practice issues or continuing education requirements, contact:

NY State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Dentistry
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
518-474-3817, Press 1 then ext. 550 (voice)
518-473-0567 (fax)
dentbd@nysed.gov

Professional Misconduct and Discipline

This site contains information concerning professional misconduct, including how to file a complaint and search for disciplinary actions taken against licensees.


General Customer Service

Office of the Professions staff are available from 8:30 am to 4:45 pm, Eastern time, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

NY State Education Department
Office of the Professions
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
518-474-3817, Press 1 then ext. 570 (voice)
518-474-1449 (fax)
For an e-mail response: Contact Us


School Dental Hygiene Teacher Certificate

Certifications are issued by the Department's Office of Teaching Initiatives.

Last Updated: October 15, 2021