Dental board urges immediate action on license renewal

The Dental Board of California and the Department of Consumer Affairs have launched a campaign to reach dentists and registered dental assistants whose licenses expire in January 2016, and urge them to renew their professional licenses as soon as possible. This comes as a result of the transition to a new online licensure renewal system known as BreEZe.

The BreEZe system, which has been in development for more than two years, will allow dental professionals to apply for or renew their licenses online, pay with a credit card, track the status of an application or licensing request, submit address changes and obtain proof of license status. BreEZe also enables consumers to verify a professional license and file consumer complaints.

Though the paper mail option for licensure renewal will remain, BreEZe will replace all current online renewal options. BreEZe has many convenient features, including allowing licensees to pay for their renewal online with an American Express, Discover, Visa or Mastercard through a secure third-party vendor.

The Dental Board of California anticipates a transition period during which licensure renewals will be interrupted when BreEZe is activated ("goes live"). This means that the board will be unable to process any licensing requests for approximately five days prior to the "go live" date. As a precaution, the board urges dentists and registered dental assistants whose licenses expire in December 2015 or January 2016 to renew their license as soon as they receive notification. Notifications for December and January licensure renewals were mailed 90 days prior to expiration and should have been received by licensees.

BreEZe became available for physicians, nurses and a limited number of other California licensed professionals in 2013, at which time numerous issues were identified for correction. DCA has been working to address these concerns prior to the second phase launch, which has resulted in a delayed timeline and significant budget overruns. As the licensing boards are responsible for the costs associated with the BreEZe system, CDA has urged DCA and the Legislature to work to find a solution to funding and finishing this project to minimize the impact on licensees, especially in the wake of the significant rise in dental licensure fees that just occurred.

CDA will be publishing information on how to access and use BreEZe in the January CDA Update. Dentists are encouraged to consult the Update, and visit cda.org for the latest information on BreEZe implementation as details become available.

For more information on CDA's advocacy on licensure and fees, visit cda.org. For more information on BreEZe, visit dca.ca.gov.

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