Membership with CDA

You are the champion of the smile. You enable your patients to beam confidently in school photos, stand tall and proud in front of the class and laugh without hesitation. That, is a beautiful thing and it’s all because of you. And it’s why CDA passionately supports your profession.

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Does CDA have a payment plan?
Yes. Simply register for our Electronic Dues Payment (EDP) program to divide your CDA dues into easy monthly payments.
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By becoming a member of organized dentistry, you’re ensuring that your voice and the needs of the profession are being represented on every level. Whether you are looking for education, practice support, protection, or for a stronger voice in government, you’ve come to the right place.

Members also enjoy these benefits:

How do I apply?

It’s now easier than ever to become a CDA tripartite member. You are eligible if you are a licensed dentist in California, a full-time faculty member at one of the six California dental schools, or a California dentist serving full-time military duty. One application handles your membership for ADA, CDA and your local society.

How much are dues?
Current annual CDA membership dues are $750, although special rates are available for full-time faculty members, recent graduates, recent licentiates and federal military professionals. Current American Dental Association dues are $522. Each local dental society also charges dues. Dues for your local society vary, and you will be contacted with a dues quote once your application is received.
Student to active membership program

What’s more, because we understand that you’re just getting started, your CDA dues will be reduced for the next four years.

Discounts for New Graduates

To apply for membership, follow these simple steps:

  1. Complete the online application. After licensure, you will become a member of the ADA, CDA and the local dental society closest to your school.
  2. When you establish a permanent address, contact your local dental society or update your profile online
    *If you’ve moved out of the current dental society jurisdiction, please contact CDA (800.232.7645) to transfer your membership to the appropriate dental society. 
Membership for Allied Dental Health Professionals
CDA is proud to be the only California dental professional association dedicated to the entire team. Download your CDA membership application.