Important Licensure Renewal Info from the GDA

From the Georgia Dental Association:

 Dental and dental hygiene licenses must be renewed by year end and the Board of Dentistry anticipates that the renewal process should be ready by early October. The GDA offers members these tips on meeting new licensure requirements so as to make this renewal cycle a cinch!

Special Notice for GDA Members – September 6, 2013:

Citizenship Proof Needed for License Renewal

The time to renew your license is approaching! Your GDA wants to help you make this renewal cycle easy. New this year, dentists and dental hygienists seeking to renew their professional licenses will be required to submit proof of citizenship or legal residency. You can submit that documentation now! There is no requirement that you wait to submit this citizenship documentation with your license renewal information later this year. If you do so now, it will help the Board of Dentistry issue your renewed license more easily. Here is what you need to know:

*  Get your secure and verifiable documents proving your citizenship ready for submission. 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 will be acceptable. Visit http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001KSufvNS_J6tJDxrFqdyFxKwyAH0Rp0sZibs1U7jtznAWzasLtchN8ctwjBJO_Q5oE3Xox86727hDaPY_VT0WIYI0p2lugnKKKs1oKuIl1JYfinsy6L_Bqt93XKT6fmk0jb4EveIRZo4= and look for the PDF document entitled “List of Secure and Verifiable Documents.” (This should be the last one listed.)

* Married female dentists and dental hygienists should ensure that the name on their professional 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

http://gbd.georgia.gov/documents/download-forms

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 under the Documents / Download forms tab.

LINK TO PDF :

http://gbd.georgia.gov/sites/gbd.georgia.gov/files/related_files/document/Secure%20%26%20Verifiable%20Document%20Submission%20Cover%20Sheet_Dentistry.pdf

Submit these items via email to dentistry@dch.ga.gov, 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.

The Board anticipates that license renewals will begin in early October. The GDA will notify members when the Board’s renewal process is up and running or you can go to their web site to check.

The GDA reported that as part of the Board’s transition from the Secretary of State to the Dept of Community Health 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 paid. Renewal fees for dental hygiene licenses will NOT increase. However, dental hygienists are still required to submit the notarized affidavit and the secure and verifiable documentation in order to renew their license.

Resources for Year End CE Courses

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

Please click here to view the list, as well as to read the Board rules regarding continuing education and an overview of the Board’s transition to the Dept of Community Health.

LINK:

http://www.gadental.org/continuing-education.html

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