Correction: Oct. 7, 2021. CDA updated this article to clarify that the DCA's newest waiver applies only to dental professionals with licenses expiring in October 2021.
The Department of Consumer Affairs on Sept. 28 issued a waiver that gives all California-licensed dental professionals whose active licenses expire Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, 2021, until March 28, 2022, to meet license renewal requirements.
Under a separate waiver the DCA issued in July, dental professionals whose active licenses expire between March 31, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021, have through Jan. 26, 2022, 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 seven 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 March 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.