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Initial Licensure

All persons applying for a Kentucky Dentist/Hygienist License are required to submit proof of a Kentucky State Police (KSP) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background Check to the Board as a part of their application for a license to practice dentistry in the Commonwealth.  Please click on this link for instructions for completing required background check: KSP and FBI Background Check Information and Instructions 1 11 17.pdf

The following application is used to apply for licensure by examination or credentials:

Application for Dental Hygiene License

The application fee is $125 starting November 1, 2014.

Eligibility guidelines for applicants are detailed below. Each section below also contains an instruction checklist for different types of applicants.

The jurisprudence examination (see below) must be completed by all new applicants for dental hygiene licensure.

Please print out, complete and sign the examination. Then mail it to the Board office for grading. This is an open book exam.

If you are a dental hygienist and you meet the requirements for a Local Anesthesia Certificate in Kentucky, you must submit a separate​ application and $50 fee.

Application for Local Anesthesia Certificate

All Kentucky dental hygiene licenses expire on December of even numbered years, and must either be renewed or retired by that date.

Your current license must be conspicuously posted in each of your practice locations.

The Board regrets that it is unable to offer refunds for overpayment of fees. The original check or money order will be returned to you and you will be asked to forward payment in the correct amount.

If you have questions that are not answered on this page or in the documents it links to, please contact the Board office at 502/429-7280.

Licensure by Examination

To be eligible to apply for licensure by examination, applicants must meet the following requirements with no exceptions:

  • Graduated from a CODA accredited dental hygiene school, college, or department of a university
  • Successfully completed the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination
  • Successfully passed within the five (5) years preceding the filing of your application one of the following regional clinical examinations: CITA, CRDTS, CDCA/NERB, SRTA or WREB*
  • Provide documentation that you meet the requirements of Sections 1 and 2 of 201 KAR 8:560E by submitting the documentation described in the following instruction checklist.

Instructions for Dental Hygiene Application for Licensure by Examination

* for purposes of interpretation of this application requirement, the 5 years run from the year the clinical exam was completed through the year the application for KY licensure is submitted and finalized.

Licensure by Credentials

To be eligible to apply for licensure by credentials, you must meet the following requirements with no exceptions:

  • Graduated from a CODA accredited dental hygiene school, college or department of a university
  • Successfully completed the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination
  • Successfully passed a state, regional, or national clinical examination used to determine clinical competency in a state or territory of the United States or District of Columbia
  • Provide documentation that you meet the requirements of Sections 1 and 3 of 201 KAR 8:560E by submitting the documentation described in the following instruction checklist.
  • Complete the affidavit below stating that you have legally been engaged in the practice of dental hygiene for five (5) of the past six (6) years in a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia if the qualifications for licensure were equal to or higher than those for licensure in Kentucky

Affidavit for Active Practice as Dental Hygienist

Retirement

If you no longer desire to hold an active Kentucky license, you must notify the Board of your intent to retire your license by submitting a completed and signed Retirement of License Form

You may not retire a license that has pending disciplinary action against it.

Failure to properly retire a license may result in disciplinary action for practicing dental hygiene on an expired license or may make you ineligible to reinstate your license.

Reinstatement

To reinstate your license, you must submit the following application, along with the documentation describe in the instruction checklist below


Jurisprudence Exam

On July 15, 2010, the statutes and regulations governing the practice of dentistry in the Commonwealth of Kentucky changed.

The following jurisprudence examination must be completed by all new applicants for dental or dental hygiene licensure.

Jurisprudence Examination

You must print out, complete, and sign the examination, and then mail it to the Board office for grading. This is an open book exam;

For questions that refer to the law outside of the Dental Practice Act, you may also refer to other Kentucky Revised Statutes to answer the question.