1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Education
  4. Title 8: The Professions
  5. Article 133: Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, and Registered Dental Assisting


Section 6604 Requirements for a license as a dentist

Education (EDN)

To qualify for a license as a dentist, an applicant shall fulfill the following requirements:

  (1) Application: file an application with the department;

  (2) Education: have received an education, including a doctoral degree in dentistry, in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;

  (3) Experience: have experience satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations, provided that such experience shall consist of satisfactory completion of a clinically-based postdoctoral general practice or specialty dental residency program, of at least one year's duration, in a hospital or dental facility accredited for teaching purposes by a national accrediting body approved by the department, provided, further that any such residency program shall include a formal outcome assessment evaluation of the resident's competence to practice dentistry acceptable to the department;

  (4) Examination: pass a written examination satisfactory to the board and in accordance with the commissioner's regulations;

  (5) Age: be at least twenty-one years of age;

  (6) Citizenship or immigration status: be a United States citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States; provided, however, that the board of regents may grant a three year waiver for an alien to practice in an area which has been designated a federal dental health professions shortage area, except that the board of regents may grant an additional extension not to exceed six years to an alien to enable him or her to secure citizenship or permanent resident status, provided such status is being actively pursued;

  (7) Character: be of good moral character as determined by the department; and

  (8) Fees: pay a fee of two hundred twenty dollars to the department for admission to a department conducted examination and for an initial license, a fee of one hundred fifteen dollars for each reexamination, a fee of one hundred thirty-five dollars for an initial license for persons not requiring admission to a department conducted examination, and a fee of two hundred ten dollars for each triennial registration period.