How do I verify my license to another jurisdiction?
Verification of a Virginia license to another jurisdiction requires a written request to the Board office with a payment of $35 per verification. Check should be made payable to the “Treasurer of Virginia”. You must provide your full name, license number and the mailing address of the jurisdiction to receive verification.More FAQ's
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Closure of walk-in services
In response to COVID-19 social distancing precautions, DHP’s public reception area is closed to walk-in services.. Read More.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness, called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). VDH has information on the Coronavirus Disease for both healthcare professionals and the general public which is updated regularly, as new information becomes available. Read more here.
CDC Guidance for Dental Settings
Guidance for Dental Settings: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response. Recommendations are provided for resuming non-emergency dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic. New information is included regarding facility and equipment considerations, sterilization and disinfection, and considerations for the use of test-based strategies to inform patient care. Expanded recommendations for provision of dental care to both patients with COVID-19 and patients without COVID-19.
COVID-19 Screening and Testing Questions & Answers
On May 8, 2020 the Virginia Board of Dentistry voted that screening dental patients for COVID-19 was within the scope of practice of dentistry.
Dental practices must be able to identify COVID-19 infected dental patients for the safety of all patients and staff. Dental practices performing FDA-approved and Emergency Use Authorized COVID-19 screening tests could be valuable to this effort. Read this FAQ on screening and testing.
2020 Clinical Examinations Accepted for Licensure
During emergency telephonic meetings on May 8, 2020 and May 29, 2020, the Virginia Board of Dentistry voted to modify its clinical examination requirements for licensure of dentists and dental hygienists due to the COVID-19 pandemic for 2020 examination candidates. The Board will continue to accept passage of a clinical examination involving live patients given by one of the five testing agencies accepted by the Board - CITA, CDCA, SRTA, CRDTS and WREB.
In addition to live patient clinical examinations, for 2020 only, the Board will accept from Dental licensure applicants a clinical dental examination which includes a simulated manikin exercise in restorative dentistry. The Board also decided to waive the scaling exercise with live patients in a 2020 clinical dental examination given by a testing agency accepted by the Board - CITA, CDCA, SRTA, CRDTS and WREB.
In addition to live patient clinical examinations, for 2020 only, the Board will accept from Dental hygiene licensure applicants a clinical dental hygiene examination which includes the Computer Simulated Clinical Examination (CSCE) OR a manikin-based clinical scaling exercise given by a testing agency accepted by the Board - CITA, CDCA, SRTA, CRDTS and WREB.
Electronic Prescribing of Opioids
Effective July 1, 2020, opioid prescriptions must be transmitted to the pharmacy electronically. There are exceptions in the law which can be found here.
If you've reviewed the law and would like to request a waiver, please click here to complete the waiver application.
The Office for Civil Rights (OVR) at the Department of Health and Human Services has relaxed its rules involving HIPAA for the use of telehealth during the COVID-19 National Emergency. Please read the notice at this link.
Because this is a federal announcement, the Virginia Board of Dentistry is not in a position to answer questions or offer clarification on this issue.
Message About Extension Of Continuing Competency Requirements (Continuing Education)
The Board of Dentistry has granted an automatic extension of continuing competency renewal requirements for a period of six (6) months after the renewal deadline for any renewal due by March 31, 2020.
You are encouraged to complete continuing education (CE) hours on-line before the renewal deadline, if possible. (Per the Board’s Dental and Dental Hygiene Regulations, CE credit may be earned for verifiable participation in audio and video presentations. Up to two (2) hours of CE may be earned by volunteer service – 3 hours of service for 1 hour of CE credit.) However, the continuing education hours you complete during this extension in order to satisfy the current renewal period cannot be used towards the next renewal period. You will not be able to double count the CE hours for the next renewal period.
On the paper renewal form or on-line, you will need to check “no” to the question pertaining to the completion of continuing competency requirements. Do not falsify information on the form/on-line by checking “yes”, if you are using the six (6) months extension. You will still be allowed to renew your license and your license/registration will be valid. There will be a notation in our database system that you have a six (6) months extension.
Q: Do I need to request the CE extension?
A: No, it is automatically granted.
Q: If I let my license expire on April 1, 2020 or beyond and then pay the renewal including the late fee, am I still automatically granted the extension?
A: Yes, however you would still need to complete the continuing competency requirements within the six (6) month period from April 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020.
Q: Are there any exemptions from the continuing competency requirements?
The Board has become aware that some of our licensees have received threatening scam calls and bogus written communications. These calls are fraudulent. Read more.
Opioid Addiction Crisis Declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia
On November 21, 2016 Governor McAuliffe issued a News Release stating that State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine has declared Virginia’s opioid abuse crisis a Public Health Emergency in the Commonwealth.
Dental Rule Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to read the FAQ's provided by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for Virginia Dental offices to be compliant with the Dental Rule.
Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings
Notice of Reporting Requirements for Dispensing
Effective July 1, 2015, all dentists who dispense controlled substances in Schedule II (Percocet, Hydrocodone), Schedule III (Tylenol with Codeine), or Schedule IV (Valium) must be registered with the Prescription Monitoring Program and must begin reporting the drugs dispensed within 7 days of dispensing. If a dentist does not dispense these products he may apply for a waiver from this reporting requirement. There is a box in this year’s dental license renewal forms to report whether you currently do or do not dispense Schedule II, III or IV controlled substances. Detailed information on the action each licensed dentist is required to take to register or to apply for a waiver will be sent out around April 1, 2015. Here are links for more information:
- The requirement to report dispensing is addressed in §54.1-2521 of the Code of Virginia, and in the Regulations Governing the Prescription Monitoring Program
- The waiver form may be found at here.
- Information on how to report to the program is found a in the Reporting Manual.
The US Drug Enforcement Administration published a Final Rule in the Federal Register placing hydrocodone combination products into Schedule II effective October 6, 2014. For details, direct questions to your local DEA Field Office and review sections 18VAC110-290 and 18VAC110-310 of the Regulations Governing the Practice of Pharmacy.
Laws & RegulationsKeep in the know about important laws and regulations:
Laws and Regulations Governing Dentistry
Laws Governing All Health Professions
Forms & ApplicationsFind forms, applications and exam information for the Board of Dentistry.
View the list of Professions regulated by the Board.
Guidance DocumentsView and download the list of available guidance documents from the Board of Dentistry. These documents provide information or guidance to the public to interpret or implement statutes or the agency's rules or regulations.
Board of Dentistry Calendar
The Board of Dentistry's Calendar of upcoming Board meetings and minutes from past Board meetings.
Periodic news sent to licensees.
Regulatory Town HallThe Virginia Department of Planning & Budget has designed a Regulatory Town Hall for anyone interested in the proposal of regulations or meetings of regulatory boards.