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License Renewal


Dentist License Renewal for 2022-23

All dentist license​s issued by the Kentucky Board of Dentistry expire on December 31 of ever​y odd numbered year (hygienists renew in even numbered years). Therefore, dentists who wish​ to maintain an active license should have renewed by the end of 2021. Failure to renew on time will result in reinstatement penalties as well as potential disciplinary action for practicing without a license. Properly renewed licenses are active from Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2023.

What should I do if I did not renew my license in time?

If your license has lapsed and you wish to have it reinstated, please contact the office as soon as possible. Licensees may be able to reinstate their license but will be subject to penalties described in 201 KAR 8:520.  

​​​What Should I Know About License Renewal?

Continuing Education

Dentists 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. Further, all dentists authorized to prescribe controlled substances in Kentucky must obtain three hours of CE in KASPER, pain managem​ent, or addiction disorders prior to renewing their license. These may be included in the 30 required hours above and are not additional hours. See the Continuing Education page for more information.


License Retirement

Rather than simply allowing it to expire, dentists 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.​

​​​​DoD Dental Classification System

If you are deployed overseas during th​​e renewal period, you may renew your license as u​sual 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.


Other Renewal Types 

Specialty Licenses

The renewal requirements for specialty licenses are no different than for general dentist licenses. Therefore, specialists should renew in the same manner as general dentists, using the online renewal portal.

Sedation Permits​

Sedation permits held by dentists will be renewed al​ong with dentist licenses via the renewal portal​. In addition to the general continuing education requirements, sedation permit holders must have at least four ​hours of clinical sedation training every two years. Certification in ACLS (for adult sedation) and/or PALS (for pediatric sedation) must also be maintained for sedation​ permits. See the Continuing Education page​ for details.


Sedation Facility Certificates

Operators of facilities where moderate sed​ation or deep sedation/general anesthesia is performed must renew their facility certificates on the same cycle as dentist license renewal. See the Sedation and Anesthesia page for details.