California Extends Deadline for Dental License Renewals

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The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has extended the deadline for dentists and other individuals subject to Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code to renew their licenses to September 30, 2021.

The March 30 order by DCA director Kimberly Kirchmeyer temporarily waives any statutory or regulatory requirement that these individuals whose active licenses expire between March 31, 2021, and May 31, 2021, have to take and pass an examination in order to renew a license.

The order also waives any requirement that these individuals complete or demonstrate compliance with any continuing education requirements in order to renew a license.

These temporary waivers do not apply to any continuing education, training, or examination required pursuant to a disciplinary order against a licensee. Also, licensees must satisfy any waived renewal requirements within six months of this order unless it is further extended.

Also, the DCA said, these temporary waivers do not relieve such individuals from timely complying with other renewal requirements including completing and submitting the required renewal forms to the governing licensing agency.

As a result of these waivers, the DCA said, its constituent licensing agencies may renew licenses despite noncompliance with the statutory or regulatory requirements identified in the order.

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