07/01/2015

License renewal forms mailed in wrong envelopes


CDA is making dentists aware of an issue that is occurring with license renewal notices being sent in the mail.

A member recently notified CDA that she received her renewal notice in an envelope that had a return address for the “Bureau of Automotive Repair,” and nearly disposed of the unopened envelope. Subsequently, CDA confirmed that some notices might have been sent out by accident with the wrong return address. As it appears some licensure renewal notices were improperly mailed, CDA recommends dentists anticipating a renewal notice examine closely any mail with a return address from a state agency.

Renewal notices are mailed approximately 60 days before license expiration. A dentist is responsible for renewing his or her license regardless of having received the renewal notice or not, and is deemed to be practicing without a license once that license expires.

Dental licenses expire every two years on the last day of the birth month of the licensee. If the licensee's birth year is an even number, his or her license will expire during even-numbered years. If the licensee's birth year is an odd number, his or her license will expire during odd-numbered years. There is no grace period for a dentist in active practice, although a delinquency fee will not be assessed until the renewal is more than 30 days late.

For more information, or to renew your license online, visit dbc.ca.gov.



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