Citizenship Documents Required for Licensure

The time to renew your license is approaching! New this year, dentists and dental hygienists renewing their professional licenses are required to submit proof of citizenship or legal residency. You can submit your proof now instead of waiting until the license renewal process starts in early October. Here is what you need to know:

*  Get your secure and verifiable documents proving your citizenship ready to submit. Any driver's license issued by one of the United States, a passport or passport card issued by the U.S. or a foreign government, a U.S. military identification card, or one of the other approved forms of proof listed on the Georgia Attorney General's web site are acceptable. Visit and look for the PDF document entitled "List of Secure and Verifiable Documents." (This should be the last one listed.)

* Married female professionals should ensure that the name on their license matches exactly the name on the secure and verifiable document which they submit to the Board. To update the name on your license, contact the Board at (404) 651-8000.

* Fill out and have notarized the Affidavit of Citizenship which is available on the Board's web site at Look for the PDF form entitled "Affidavit Regarding Citizenship." (This should be the first form listed.)

*  Once you have completed the Affidavit of Citizenship, submit it along with a suitable copy of your secure and verifiable document (i.e. driver's license, passport, etc.) and the Document Submission Cover Sheet available on the Board's web site. (You can view the PDF by clicking here.) Submit these items via email to, by fax to (678) 717-6694, or by mail to the Georgia Board of Dentistry, 2 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Please do not call the Board to verify receipt of your documents. Doing so will slow down the submission and renewal process. Note that you will NOT receive a confirmation from the Board of Dentistry that they have received your information. If you have questions, please email Melana McClatchey at

GDA CE Courses

The Georgia Dental Association offers continuing courses primarily through the Annual Meeting held each summer in a resort location. For information on the 2014 slate of courses, see the Annual Meeting page. The courses for that meeting will be posted in 2014. GDA districts offer continuing education at varying times during the year. Please consult the GDA event calendar and district pages for more information.

Links to CE Course Information

The Georgia Dental Association has compiled this series of links to courses of potential interest to dentists. The GDA cannot confirm if these courses meet the particular licensure education needs of a particular professional. These links are offered as a courtesy only and should not be taken as an endorsement of the subject matter or lecturers mentioned:

Georgia Regents University CE Offeriings
Georgia Academy of General Dentistry Calendar
Georgia Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons List
Northern District Dental Society Courses
Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Courses
Georgia Association of Orthodontists Meetings
Georgia Association of Periodontists Meetings
Emory University Continuing Dental Education
The Georgia Dental Society Meetings List
Hinman Dental Meeting (March 27-29, 2014)
The Atlanta Seattle Study Club Calendar
Georgia Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Board of Dentistry (Board) Rules

The Georgia Board of Dentistry has rules that govern what sorts of continuing education a dentist and dental hygienist may obtain in order to renew a dental or dental hygiene license in Georgia. Please consult the Board rules at the following links:

Dental Continuing Education Rules
Dental Hygiene Continuing Education Rules


Georgia Board Move to Department of Community Health

House Bill 132, the GDA’s priority legislation in 2013 that was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal in May, moves the Georgia Boards of Dentistry and Pharmacy from the Secretary of State’s Professional Licensing Division to the Department of Community Health. What does the move means for Georgia dentists and patients? Read the following Q&A:

Q: What exactly does HB 132 do regarding the Georgia Board of Dentistry?
A: As of July 1, 2013, the Georgia Board of Dentistry (BOD) is no longer be part of the Professional Licensing Board Division (PLBD) of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office in Macon. Just like the Georgia Composite Medical Board, HB 132 attaches the BOD to the Department of Community Health for administrative purposes only. The Board will continue to operate in the same manner. They will hold monthly meetings, oversee dental complaints, and continue to institute and enforce the dental rules and regulations in this State.

Q: What does it mean for the BOD to be “administratively attached” to DCH?
A: This means that DCH will provide the Board with office space, personnel, and provide other basic functions. However, the BOD will have its own budget and manage its own operations. The DCH will not have any oversight over the BOD operations except to approve the hiring of the executive director. With the exception of the budgetary process, this level of oversight is virtually identical to the oversight the BOD had under the auspices of the Secretary of State’s PLBD.

Q: What are the benefits of the Board becoming attached to DCH?
A: The move will allow the public to be better served by the BOD. So many state agencies are being required to do more with less. This includes the Secretary of State’s office. Because of budget cuts and scarce resources for the PLBD division, the Board had been unable to appropriately fulfill its purpose of protecting the public. Calls from the public were going unanswered. Too few investigators meant that dental complaints were not being reviewed and explored in a timely manner. There have also been reports that dentists calling the Board would often have to stay on hold for inordinately long periods of time. When finally getting through to an employee of the PLBD, the employee had no specific knowledge about dental rules and requirements and could not provide assistance.

One goal of transferring the Board to the DCH is to ensure that the Board had a sufficient number of investigators who are dedicated to pursuing dental complaints. Another was to ensure that anyone who calls the Board could reach an employee who had the knowledge to assist the caller in a timely fashion. Finally, the Board will have authority to submit its own budget request to the legislature. Doing so will enable the Board to more appropriately plan for its operational needs.

Q: Does this move give the Board more oversight over dentists and dental hygienists?
A: No. The Board’s rule making authority and oversight over dentists and dental hygienists will not change at all. No additional power has been given to the board regarding instituting rules and regulations that affect the practice of dentistry.

Q: What changes will dentists, dental hygienists, and patients notice once the Board transitions to the DCH?
A: Once the transition is complete, patients and professionals should find that the Board will be more accessible. Personnel will be versed in dental issues and able to assist callers. Investigations of complaints will also be completed in a timely manner. Another change which will occur is an increase in licensure fees. The GDA reported that as part of the Board’s transition, fees for dental licenses, renewals, permits, and fines would increase. The fee increases are necessary to ensure that the Board has the resources to appropriately fulfill its purpose of protecting the public. Beginning with the December 2013 renewal period, dentists should expect that their license renewal fee will increase to $260, up from the $175 which dentists have previously been paying. Renewal fees for dental hygienists will NOT increase.

Q: Where will the Georgia Board of Dentistry be located beginning July 1, 2013?
A: The new Board address is 2 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. The phone number is (404) 651-8000. The web site is The Board has hired Ms. Tanja Battle to be the Board of Dentistry’s executive director. Ms. Battle will also serve as executive director for the Georgia Board of Pharmacy.

Dental Study Clubs

The Georgia Dental Association can assist Georgia study clubs with providing continuing education units to participants in courses the study clubs offer under certain circumstances. Please contact Melana McClatchey at for details.

GDA as an ADA CERP Provider

The GDA is an ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. Georgia dentists, please note that the Georgia Board of Dentistry via Board Rule 150-3-.09 accepts coursework, including home study courses, sponsored or approved by the following recognized organizations.

(a) American Dental Association / American Dental Hygienists association, and their affiliate associations and societies; [Note: This includes the GDA.]

(b) Academy of General Dentistry;

(c) National Dental Association and its affiliate societies;

(d) Colleges and universities with programs in dentistry and dental hygiene that are accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association when the professional continuing education course is held under the auspices of the school of dentistry or school of dental hygiene;

(e) CPR courses offered by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, the American Safety and Health Institute, or the National Safety Council;

(f) National and State Associations and/or societies of all specialties in dentistry recognized under Georgia law;

(g) Veterans Administration Dental Department;

(h) Armed Forces Dental Department;

(i) Georgia Department of Human Resources;

(j) American Medical Association, the National Medical Association and its affiliate associations and societies;

(k) Hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO).