CDA Membership FAQ

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Membership & Eligibility

California dentists and dental students are eligible for CDA membership. General membership is also available to dental hygienists, dental assistants, laboratory technicians and other members of the dental team, as well as to dentists who reside or practice outside of California.

By joining, California dentists automatically enjoy membership and services to three dental organizations: their local dental society, CDA and the ADA. This tripartite structure provides support at the local, state and national levels.

Create an online account or sign in if you already have one. Then, follow the prompts to complete one easy application using your license or ADA number. 

While the CDA membership year has been running from January 1 to December 31, we’re transitioning to anniversary date renewal for 2025. The membership year will be a rolling one that’s based on the date you joined CDA or your last renewal. This means you’ll have 12 months between dues payments (unless you break your dues into convenient monthly payments).

Invoices are available within My Account on and multiple online payment options are available. For many members, renewal invoices will be available in late fall of each year for the coming year. Starting in 2025, each new member’s renewal date will be based on the date they joined CDA.  If you’re a current member who has signed up for automatic monthly payments, your membership will automatically renew each year and no action is needed. To make your membership payment in full or switch to autopay, sign in to My Account and follow the prompts to Pay Dues.

Email CDA or call 800.232.7645 so a representative can help you re-join CDA and regain access to membership benefits.

Yes! If you already paid annual dues, your tripartite membership will transfer to California. Contact CDA and sign in to My Account to update your profile, including current contact information and communication preferences. If you moved to California and have not yet paid dues this year, create an account or sign in to complete an online application.

An active or retired member dentist who is in good standing for at least 30 consecutive years (or a total of 40 years if there was a break in membership) and who has reached 65 years of age or older the previous calendar year is eligible for life membership. Member dentists who attain the requirements for life membership may qualify for discounted dues. Contact CDA for dues owed as life member.

CDA members who retire from the practice of dentistry and who do not earn income from performing any dental-related activity become eligible for retired membership the year following retirement. Members are required to submit an affidavit of retirement to CDA.

Dues Payments

Active or life-active CDA member-dentists can break their dues into convenient monthly payments. With autopay, equal monthly payments are automatically deducted from your chosen checking or savings account or credit card on or around the fifteenth of the month until paid in full. Your membership will automatically renew each year.

If you’re new to CDA: You can choose autopay during the membership application process. When prompted to choose a payment option, select Monthly Payment (1 year) and follow the on-screen steps.

If you’re a current member who would like to enroll in autopay: Email CDA or call a representative at 800.232.7645 for assistance.

Upon enrollment, you’ll receive confirmation and a monthly payment schedule.

Autopay has an annual service charge of $12, which is equally divided among the months of the year. If a deduction is declined due to insufficient funds, a closed account or stopped payment, a $25 fee will be charged.

To change the account or payment method for your automated payments, sign in to My Account, select Payment Methods and follow the prompts. You can change your payment method at any time or make a payment in full that will cancel future monthly payments.

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“Being the CDA rep for the Dugoni class of 2023 has been an amazing experience. California Dental Association is progressive, innovative, and responsive to the needs of its members and student members.

—Michael Ricupito, DDS ’23 (UOP)