Federal Dental Service Membership
Frequently asked questions about Federal Dental Services (FDS) membership
If you are in full-time military or federal government service, you are eligible to apply for FDS membership— a direct ADA membership at the national level.
Dentist members in private practice are eligible for tripartite membership—that is, membership at the three levels; component (local), constituent (state), and national. As a federal dentist, you are also eligible for tripartite membership, if you wish, if you meet the requirements in the constituent in which you are practicing.
Yes! The ADA offers reduced dues to recent graduates who maintain continuous membership, including FDS members. If you graduated in 2022, your first year-out is 2023.
First-year-out dentists pay $0
Second-year-out pay 50% of the full active dues
Yes! Sign up for the FDS Membership Dues Installment Payment Program, and pay your dues in equal installments. Log into your member profile for more information.