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How to become a dentist in Idaho

Requirements for Idaho Dentist License

What are the requirements to become a dentist in Idaho?

The Idaho Board of Dentistry (IBD) regulates dental licensing in Idaho. To practice dentistry, you must have a license from the IBD. You can become a dentist in Idaho by examination or credentialing.

To be licensed by examination the applicant must:

  • Graduate from an accredited dental school.
  • Pass the Western Regional Examining Board (WREB), Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS), or ADEX exams.

To be licensed by credentials an applicant must:

  • Graduate from an accredited dental school.
  • Be actively licensed in another state.
  • Have been in clinical practice at least five years immediately preceding the date of application.
  • Meet all other qualifications for licensure as a dentist in Idaho (exam passage).

How do I get a license to practice dentistry in Idaho?

Submit an Application for Licensure as a Dentist to the Idaho Board of Dentistry.

Candidates for licensure by examination must include a National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) self-query form, copy of their dental school diploma, verification of board examination passage, three letters of reference, a copy of your current CPR card and a check or money order for the amount of fees. You are also responsible for ensuring that your transcripts and exam scores are sent to the board and if you held a license in another state, that state should send verification of licensure to the Board.

Candidates for licensure by credentialing must include the NPDB self-query and a check or money order for fees. You must a Professional Background Information Services packet sent to the board.

Send your documents to:

Idaho State Board of Dentistry
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0021

How much does the dentist license cost?

Examination: $300
Credentials: $600
Biennial renewal: $375

Are there any continuing education requirements for Idaho dentists?

Idaho licensed dentists must complete thirty continuing education credits during each two year renewal period.

What else do I need to know about starting my Idaho dental practice?

A licensed dentist may want to form an Idaho business entity. Forming your Idaho business can be pretty easy. Idaho does not require dentists to set up any particular type of entity. Registering your business with the Idaho Secretary of State can offer many benefits and protections for dentists. In addition to standard corporations and limited liability companies, Idaho allows dentists to form professional corporations (PC) or professional limited liability companies (PLLC). These entities allow licensed individuals to form a corporation or LLC for the purpose of practicing their profession. Shareholders must also be licensed to render the service or an allied service.

Idaho does not require businesses to indicate the type of service they perform in the business name.


Idaho State Board of Dentistry

Idaho Secretary of State