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License Renewal


Dentist License Renewal for 2024-25

All general, specialty, and limited dental license​s, as well as sedation permits, issued by the Kentucky Board of Dentistry expire on Dec. 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 2023. Failure to renew on time will result in reinstatement penalties as well as potential disciplinary action for practicing without a license. 

Dentists who did not renew by Dec. 31, 2023 are no longer licensed to practice dentistry in Kentucky. Non-renewals that wish​ to continue practicing ​should contact the office as soon as possible to request license reinstatement​. Late​ penalties will apply. 

Properly renewed dental licenses and sedation permits will be active from Jan. 1, 2024 to Dec. 31, 2025​.​

Dentist License Renewal Portal​

​​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

Dentists who no longer wish to hold an ​active Kentucky license should formally retire their license 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 license without a fee, please submit the following form in lieu of the online ​renewal portal. Those who want to voluntarily pay the fee can still use the online portal.​

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 specialt​y 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 license 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.​​​​



License Reinstatement

Dentists who have previously held a license in good standing in Kentucky may request reinstatement of their license without repeating the entire license application process.