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The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners conducts a thorough evaluation of a number of items, including basic dental/dental hygiene credentials, national, regional and/or state examination results, malpractice history, and criminal or disciplinary history. This process takes time - anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending mostly upon how quickly the applicant complies with what is requested of him/her and the nature of any problems requiring closer scrutiny. In spite of the fact that there is NO guarantee of licensure, some applicants make commitments to start work at a certain time and later find the commitment cannot be kept.
Please remember that the Board will not accelerate one application at the expense of another, nor will it forego any elements of its screening process.
The following suggestions are offered to help those who apply for licensure, as well as those who recruit dental service personnel, to avoid problems which can be costly:
Forms: All Colorado Dental applications and forms are available below:
Communication from the Division: The Division of Professions and Occupations' primary communication is via email. Please be sure to include your current email address on your application to receive important information about your application status and process.
License Expiration Bump Period for New Applicants: All new applicants who are issued a license within 120 days of the upcoming renewal expiration date will be issued a license with the next expiration date.
License Renewal Information: All Colorado Dentist and Dental Hygienist licenses expire on the last day of February of even-numbered years. View your expiration date on your online account. Please note that renewals open approximately six weeks prior to the expiration date.