Mentor Advice ForumCategory: QuestionsWhat is the process of getting licensed when moving to a new state?
Guest User asked 4 years ago

Do you go to the website of the state you are wanting to move to and look up what they accept? I’ve also seen people say they were licensed in a new state based on credentials. What is that process?

1 Answers
Deborah Bailey Astroth, RDH, BSDH Staff answered 4 years ago

Licensure by reciprocity usually is defined as one state granting a license to an individual who submits documentation that he or she has a license in another state that basically has the same licensure requirements as the state he or she is seeking licensure.

Licensure by credentials is when a state requires specific credentials for licensure (diploma from an accredited program, passage of the national board, passage of a regional board at a certain level, verification that there is no criminal activity) and an applicant submits those documents for licensure.

Currently, the only list that I am aware of is in a publication by the American Association of Dental Boards titled “The Composite.” It lists these mechanism for all states. The Composite is available for purchase to nonmembers for $75. Current members and previous state board members receive a discount.