02/19/2016

Licensure renewal mailing contains incorrect information


Licensure renewal notices recently mailed by the Dental Board of California to dentists who need to renew their license provided the incorrect web address for online renewal. The new BreEZe online license renewal website is accessed at www.breeze.ca.gov, rather than the website provided in the notice (www.breeze.com).

BreEZe allows 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.

To help dentists understand and use BreEZe, the Department of Consumer Affairs suggests the following:

- Visit dca.ca.gov to view tutorials and become familiar with the new site. The tutorials provide an overview of the BreEZe system, including how to register, how to update information associated with a license, such as the address or name, how to subscribe to notifications and more.

- To create your profile (necessary prior to using the system), go to www.breeze.ca.gov and click on "BreEZe Registration" on the right side of the page.

- For licensure renewal, completion of the BreEZe online process does not mean automatic and immediate renewal has occurred (though it may appear that it has). Dentists must check the status of their license on the dental board's website (dbc.ca.gov) to confirm renewal has occurred.

The paper mail option for license renewal will remain, but the online BreEZe system offers many convenient features, including faster licensure processing times. The new system also allows licensees to pay for their renewal online with an American Express, Discover, Visa or Mastercard through a secure third-party vendor.

For more information on BreEZe, visit dbc.ca.gov or check the CDA Update and cda.org for updates.



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The scheduled "go-live" date for the new online license renewal system known as BreEZe is Jan. 19. The BreEZe system (breeze.ca.gov) allows 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.

The governor has signed a bill that includes an increase in the cap on dental licensure fees, along with cap increases for most other fees, as part of the Dental Board of California’s sunset review. The proposed cap for initial and biennial renewal fees was part of AB 179 and will increase to $650 as of Jan. 1, 2016, and rise to $800 in 2018.

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