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Licensure by Credentials

The ADA supports licensure by credentials. ADA policy states that requiring a candidate who is seeking licensure in several jurisdictions to demonstrate his or her theoretical knowledge and clinical skill on separate examinations for each jurisdiction seems unnecessary duplication.  Further, the ADA believes that an evaluation of a practicing dentist’s theoretical knowledge and clinical skill based on his or her performance record can provide as much protection to the public as would an evaluation based on examination. Issuing a license using a performance record in place of examinations is termed licensure by credentials.  (Trans. 2012: 464 - Guidelines for Licensure)
The number of licensing jurisdictions that offer licensure by credentials has increased dramatically in the last decade.  Dental boards in 46 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have authority to grant licensure by credentials.  Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada do not.  A Florida law adopted in 2014 allows licensure eligibility for active duty military, veterans, and veterans’ families who serve or have served as an armed forces health care practitioner (as defined in Florida law).

*Disclaimer: We are providing information here that may not be accurate or complete when you view it; you should not rely on this summary but check with the state licensing authorities to get complete and up-to-date information. Please select a state from the Dental Licensure Map for additional state licensure  requirement information.