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Board of Dentistry (Dentistry Licensing)

The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Processing Center is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 am – 1 pm, and Wednesday, 9 am - 3:30 pm (except holidays).
Office Hours:
The HRLA Office Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:15 am - 4:45 pm (except holidays).


Licensees can access the renewal portal by going to: and logging in with their user credentials from the last renewal. Licensees renewing for the first time will need to register/sign up first.

For additional information about the renewal,
please review the following renewal notification: 

Dentists and Dentistry Teaching License

Dental Assistants

Dental Hygienists

Board of Dentistry: Licensure Renewal Information Session

The Board of Dentistry WebEx Licensure Renewal Information Session is an overview of the process for submitting a renewal application for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dentistry teaching licenses. The WebEx session/link is below: 

Board of Dentistry Licensure Renewal Information Session

Board of Dentistry
Dental Assistant Registration
Incentivized Time Period Policy

Select link below to access policy and forms.

 Incentivized Time Period
September 20, 2023 - December 31, 2023

Dental Assistant Registration Incentivized Time Period Policy Forms 

Please select this link:

The Board of Dentistry Dental Assistant Registration Incentivized
Time Period Policy information WebEx session

Dental Assistant Registration Incentivized Time Period Policy WebEx Session



Alert: Criminal Background Check (CBC) Requirement Notice

Alert: COVID-19 Mandates (11/8/22)

Alert: Phone Scam

Alert: Licensure Waiver Period Has Ended


DC HEALTH has become aware of a PHISHING PHONE SCAM
in which individuals pose as DC Health representatives to request money.
Please be advised that DC Health representatives will never
contact you with a request for money.

FBI Warns Individuals Employed in the Health Care Industry
of the Ongoing Scam Involving the Impersonation of
Law Enforcement and Government Officials - FBI


Important Notice regarding Paper Applications (select link): 
DC Health No Longer Accepting Paper Applications (Beginning June 14, 2021)


(See link below.)


The District of Columbia Department of Health, Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is excited to announce the opening of our new online licensing system. Effective immediately, any healthcare provider who is interested in applying for a new health professional license, or to renew, reinstate, or reactivate an existing license, may do so by going to the below link and submitting an online application. All users are strongly encouraged to review the instructions prior to beginning the process. 


Authorization to discuss details with a Third party:
Authorization to Release Information Form



COVID-19 Guidances and Best Practices

For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, including information on best practices and recommended guidelines, go to

Select link for Phase Two of Washington DC Reopening (Mayor's Order 2020-075): Phase Two of Washington DC Reopening

Due to ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately, the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is implementing a 100% telework policy and will be available for mail services only. 

Please submit supplemental application documents to: DC Board of Dentistry, 899 North Capitol Street, NE, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20002 or to [email protected].

If you require assistance from the Board of Dentistry, please contact [email protected].

The DC Board of Dentistry regulates the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in the District. The Board advises the Mayor and administers and enforces the law. The Board also evaluates qualifications, administers exams, and recommends standards and procedures. Moreover, the Board issues licenses, receives and reviews complaints, requests investigations, conducts hearings, and issues an annual report.

The Board consists of seven DC residents appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the council: five licensed dentists, one licensed dental hygienist, and one consumer professional. Members must have been in practice for at least three years preceding the appointment and file personal financial disclosure statements. The consumer must be at least 18 years old, the consumer doesn't have to be a health professional or in training to become one, and may have no household member involved directly or indirectly in providing health care. The Mayor appoints the chairperson. Licenses expire on December 31 of the odd year.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board will have a hybrid schedule of in-person and virtual meetings. In-person meetings will be held at 899 North Capitol Street, NE 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20002. Information on how to access the public portion of the meeting virtually will be listed on the posted Open Session Meeting Agenda.

The Board meeting dates:

  • October 18, 2023 (Virtual)
  • November 15, 2023 (Virtual)
  • December 13, 2023 (In Person & Virtual) (Meeting Canceled)
  • January 17, 2024 (Virtual)
  • February 21, 2024 (Virtual)
  • March 20, 2024 (In Person & Virtual)
  • April 17, 2024 (Virtual)
  • May 15, 2024 (Virtual)
  • June 19, 2024 (In Person & Virtual)
  • July 17, 2024 (Virtual)
  • August (Recess)
  • September 18, 2024 (In Person & Virtual)


Documents to Submit with Application

Criminal Background Check


Policy Statements


License Lookup



Agenda and Minutes

Address/Name change



Contact Phone: 
(877) 672-2174
Contact Fax: 
(202) 724-8677
Contact TTY: 
Office Hours: 
Processing Center: M-F: 9 am-1 pm, W: 9 am-3:30 pm; Office Hours M-F: 8:15 am-4:45 pm
Service Location: 

Health, Department of

GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE