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California-licensed dental professionals now have until February 2021 to complete license renewal requirements

August 31, 2020 2826

Quick Summary:

The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Aug. 27 order that temporarily waives license renewal requirements also rescinds the DCA’s previous two C.E. extension waivers granted March 31 and July 1.

California-licensed dentists, registered dental hygienists and registered dental assistants whose active licenses expire between March 31 and Oct. 31, 2020, now have until Feb. 27, 2021, to complete the continuing education courses and take and pass the examinations required for license renewal. 

The Department of Consumer Affairs’ Aug. 27 order that temporarily waives license renewal requirements also rescinds the DCA’s previous two C.E. extension waivers granted March 31 and July 1, meaning that all licensees who have licenses that expire between March 31 and Oct. 31 will now follow the newest order.

Licensees must still apply for their license renewal and pay the renewal fees by the respective due dates. 

CDA’s consistent advocacy efforts helped to secure all three C.E. waivers for dental professionals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in cancellations of required in-person courses and testing. With the earlier C.E. deadline extensions (of Sept. 30 and Dec. 1) fast-approaching, CDA has advocated for additional extensions and will continue to do so should pandemic mitigation efforts impact licensees beyond February 2021.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 4 state-of-emergency order granted the DCA the authority to waive statutory or regulatory professional licensing requirements as part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Read the DCA waiver for the full details.