The Department of Consumer Affairs on July 26 issued a waiver that gives all California-licensed dental professionals whose active licenses expire between March 31, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021, until Jan. 26, 2022, to meet license renewal requirements.
The most recent order rescinds the DCA’s previous five continuing education waiver extensions, meaning that licensees now have additional time to complete the continuing education courses and take and pass the examinations required for license renewal. C.E. units completed under this waiver may only count toward one renewal period.
Licensees must still apply for their license renewal and pay the renewal fees by the respective due dates. The waivers only grant an extension to complete the required C.E.
All six C.E. waivers are a result of CDA’s continuous advocacy efforts to support dental professionals affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. CDA will continue to advocate for additional extensions should pandemic mitigation efforts impact licensees beyond January 2022.
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s March 2020 state-of-emergency order granted the Department of Consumer Affairs the authority to waive statutory or regulatory professional licensing requirements as part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
CDA offers several ways for members and nonmembers to earn C.E., including online and year-round through CDA Presents 360° and the upcoming convention CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, which will offer in-person and virtual courses Sept. 9-11.