New online licensure renewal system goes live Jan. 19

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.

BreEZe replaces the existing online licensure renewal system for dentists, which became inoperative on Jan. 5 to allow for transfer to the new system. The transfer period will cause delays in licensure renewal processing until the new system goes live on Jan. 19.

One of the advantages of the new system is that it automates the licensure process, making an uncomplicated renewal an almost immediate process. Once the online renewal process has been completed, the licensee can go directly to the dental board's licensure verification website (dbc.ca.gov/verification/index.shtml) to check his/her license expiration date for verification.

Below is additional information that will help dentists understand and use BreEZe:

  • After the system goes live, users must create a profile at breeze.ca.gov. Use this link, dca.ca.gov/webapps/breeze/tutorials.php, to view tutorials, including an overview of BreEZe, how to register, how to subscribe to notifications and more.
  • The paper mail option for license renewal will remain.
  • BreEZe has many convenient features, including faster licensure processing times, and allows licensees to pay for their renewal online with an American Express, Discover, Visa or Mastercard through a secure third-party vendor.
  • 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 to confirm renewal has occurred.

Dentists are encouraged to consult the CDA Update and visit cda.org for the latest information on BreEZe implementation.

For more information on BreEZe, visit dca.ca.gov.

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