Have you ever wondered how long your dentist has been licensed or if they’ve ever had any public complaints?
Each state dental board provides certain public record information about dentists.
A lot of information about your dentist is available on the internet. In fact, as of late 2013 (Thanks Iowa!), all 50 states in the U.S. provide access to license information about all of their dentists online free of charge.
Some of the details that state dental boards allow you to view are:
- How long the dentist has been licensed
- If the dentist has ever had any disciplinary action taken against them
- If the dentist has a permit for sedation or general anesthesia
- What dental school and in what year the dentist graduated
- If they are board certified in one of the nine dental specialties
- Their main address where they engage in the practice of dentistry
All of these links work as of today! Over time, I am sure that some of the state dental boards will change the addresses of their license verification pages. If that happens, please send me an email or leave a comment at the bottom of this page and I’ll update the broken link.
Here’s the list:
Dentist License Verification Information for Each State in the United States
The Alabama Board of Dental Examiners provides an online directory of all practicing dentists in the state that tells you the address of every dentist in the state, when they first got licensed, when their license expires and from which dental school they graduated. It’s a Microsoft Excel file, if you have any trouble opening it, let me know and I can convert it.
The Alabama Dental Board states that “The directories posted on this website are not intended for license verification purposes.”
Interestingly, they don’t seem to provide any other way for the public to verify licenses. Although first in the alphabet, they’re near the bottom when it comes to information disclosure regarding practicing dentists. If you find a better way to verify dental licenses in Alabama, please leave a comment below!
The Alaska Board of Dental Examiners allows you to download a .csv file (you can open it with Microsoft Excel) that contains the address of every dentist in the state, when they first got licensed and when their license expires. You need to go to this page and then click on “Dental” then click “Continue.” On the next page click on “Dentist” and then type in your email address and you will get a copy of the .csv file emailed to you with the information.
The Arizona State Board of Dental Examiners makes this form available to allow you to search for your dentist and find out their address, license number, issue date, expiration date, their dental school, and graduation date.
The Arkansas State Board of Dental Examiners has a form available that tells you the dentist’s address, phone number, when they first became licensed, and if they have ever had any disciplinary action taken.
The Dental Board of California provides this form you can use to search for your dentist.
Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies provides this dental license verification tool. Select “Dental: Dentist (DEN)” from the list and then input the information you know to perform a search.
The Connecticut Department of Public Health provides a form to search for your dentist here. Be sure to select “Dentist” from the drop-down list.
The Delaware State Board of Dentistry provides this form. Select “Dentistry” from the drop-down menu.
District of Columbia
Here is the link to the District of Columbia Dental License Search page. You have to choose “Dentistry” then “Dentist” from the top two drop-down boxes.
The Florida Department of Health provides this form. Select “Dental” from the “Profession” drop-down menu.
The Georgia Board of Dentistry has made this form available. Select “Dentistry” under the profession box.
The Hawaii Department of Professional and Vocational Licensing doesn’t appear to allow you to search online, but they do offer a telephone number for you to call to obtain information on licensed dentists and previous complaints filed against dentists. They provide two numbers: (808) 587-3295 or (808) 587-3222.
The Idaho State Board of Dentistry provides this form to search for a licensed dentist.
The Illinois Division of Professional Regulation provides this license lookup form.
Indiana Online Licensing provides this form to search for dentists.
The Iowa Dental Board provides this form for you to perform a dental license search.
The Kentucky Board of Dentistry provides this Dentist License Search form.
The Louisiana State Board of Dentistry provides this License verification page.
Maine provides this slightly confusing form. You need to select “All” under “Department”, “Dental Examiners” under “Agency” and “Regulator” then select “Dentists” under “Profession.” Then you can search!
Maryland provides the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners License Verification Site which you can use to verify your dentist’s license.
Go to the Massachusetts Division of Health Professions Licensure License Verification Site to verify your dentist’s license.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory affairs provides this online dental license verification page. Simply select “Dentist, Hygienist, Dental Assistant” category from the profession selection box.
The Minnesota Board of Dentistry provides this Licensee Search page.
The Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners provides this search page for licensed dentists.
The Missouri Division of Professional Registration provides this licensee search page (scroll down in the drop-down box to the “Dentistry” category. Alternatively, you can download a complete listing of all dental professionals from this page.
Montana has a state-wide licensee look-up system. It requires a few steps and has a captcha form. I put in the name of a recent graduate of my dental school who went to Montana to practice dentistry, and it didn’t find him… Hopefully it works for you!
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services provides this license look-up page.
The Nevada State Dental Board provides this licensee search page.
The New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners provides this license verification page.
The State of New Jersey provides this license verification service.
New Mexico provides this licensee search page. Click on “Dental” under profession, and then “Dentist” under license type.
The New York Office of Professions has a license verification page here.
The North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners provides this license verification database search page.
The North Dakota State Board of Dental Examiners provides this license verification page.
The Ohio License Center provides this license search page.
The Oklahoma State Dental Board provides this easy-to-use directory of licensed dentists. The link goes to dentists with last names starting with “A.” You can click on a different letter at the top of the page.
The Oregon Board of Dentistry provides this licensee look-up page.
The Pennsylvania Department of State provides this license verification site.
The Rhode Island Department of Health provides this license look-up page.
South Carolina provides this dental license look-up page.
The South Dakota State Board of Dentistry provides this license verification page.
The Tennessee Department of Health provides this license verification page. I have to say it is one of the most in-depth license lookup systems out there! It gives you a LOT of information about the dental professional that you look up. For example, it will tell you if a dentist was fined for not renewing his license on time.
The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners provides this license verification page.
Click on Public License Search on the left side, then click on Search by Name for a Specified License Type. On the next page, you can select either dentists, dental hygienists, or assistants from the drop-down menu and then you can search for them by their name.
The state of Utah provides this licensee look-up and verification system.
Vermont provides this state license look up page.
The Virginia Department of Health Professions makes this license look-up page available to the public.
The Washington State Department of Health has this provider credential search page which will allow you to verify your dentist’s license.
The West Virginia Dental Board provides this page where you can download a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet of all active, licensed dentists or dental hygienists in the state of West Virginia.
The State of Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing provides this page for you to search for your dentist’s license details.
The Wyoming Board of Dental Examiners provides this licensee search page.
Questions or Broken Links
Do you have any questions about finding public records information about your dentist? Did you find that one of the links above didn’t work? Please leave a comment below and let me know about it and I’ll fix it right away!
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