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License Renewal

Hygienists License Renewal for 2023-24 

All dental hygiene license​s issued by the Kentucky Board of Dentistry expire on December 31 of every even numbered year (dentists renew in odd numbered years). Therefore, hygienists who wish to maintain their current license must renew by the end of 2022. Failure to renew on time will result in reinstatement penalties as well as potential disciplinary action for practicing without a license. Properly renewed licenses will be active from Jan. 1, 2023 through Dec. 31, 2024.

The license renewal portal for dental hygienists ​will open mid-October of 2022 and remain active through the close of the year. Please continue to check this page for further updates as we get closer to the renewal period​.​​


What Should I Know About License Renewal?

Continuing Education

Dental hygienists must earn 3​0 hours of continuing education during every two year cycle to properly renew their​ license. At least ten of those hours must be taken in a live interactive format and at least twenty hours must focus on clinical skills and knowledge. CPR certification should also be maintained and does not count toward the 30 hours.​ See the Continuing Education page for more information.

License Retirement

Rather than simply allowing it to expire, dental hygienists who no longer wish to hold an active Kentucky license should formally retire it by submitting a Retirement of License Form. This not only allows the board to accurately record your status, it is also easier to get reinstated if you ever decide to practice in Kentucky again.

​​Retirement o​f License Form​​

Active Duty Military​

State law exempts active duty military personnel from paying license renewal fees. However, federal rules require professional licenses held by members of the military to be unrestricted (i.e. fully equivalent to licenses held by non-military). Therefore, check with your branch of service to determine its policy regarding fee waivers. To renew your fee exempt license, please submit the following affidavit in lieu of the online ​renewal portal. Those who want to voluntarily pay the fee should still use the online portal.​​

If you are deployed overseas during the​​ renewal period, you may renew your license as usual or wait until you are reassigned to the United States. Kentucky law gives you 90 days after your return to request t​he renewal of your license.

Special Registration Privileges

All special registrations available to dental hygienists in Kentucky (general supervision, local anesthesia, laser debridement, intravenous access lines, and public health hygiene) will be renewe​d concurrently with hygiene licenses. Most of these registrations do not have additional continuing education requirements f​or renewal. However, public health registered dental hygienists must complete five hours of CE in public health and three hours in medical emergencies. Both requirements may be included as part of the 30 required hours and are not additional hours. Visit the Continuing Education page for details.​