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Latest waiver extension gives California dentists until September 2021 to complete license renewal requirements

April 01, 2021 955

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The March 30 order rescinds the DCA’s previous three extension waivers. Licensees whose licenses expire between March 31, 2020, and May 31, 2021, now have until September 2021 to complete C.E. and to take and pass examinations required for license renewal.

The Department of Consumer Affairs on March 30 issued a new C.E. extension waiver for California-licensed dental professionals whose active licenses expire between March 31, 2020, and May 31, 2021. Licensees now must satisfy any waived renewal requirements within six months of the order — by September 30, 2021 — unless the waiver is further extended.

The March 30 order rescinds the DCA’s previous three C.E. extension waivers issued in October 2020, December 2020 and February 2021. Affected licensees now have additional time to complete necessary continuing education courses and to take and pass the required examinations to renew their licenses. 

Licensees must still comply with other renewal requirements, including completing and submitting required renewal forms to the governing licensing agency and paying renewal fees by their respective due dates. 
The waivers issued by DCA during the pandemic are a result of CDA’s continued advocacy efforts to support dental professionals impacted by COVID-19. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s state-of-emergency order on March 4, 2020, 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.

Continuing education options for dental teams
CDA members and dental professionals have several upcoming opportunities to earn C.E. through CDA’s online learning offerings, including a calendar of virtual events in April and the upcoming virtual convention, CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry May 13-16.