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Becoming a Dentist in Michigan - MI

The State of Michigan requires that dentists be licensed by the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Board of Dentistry.  For those who are just completing their Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS), they should apply for their dentist licensure by examination. Here are requirements that must be met to become a dentist in Michigan:


  • Submit fingerprints and undergo a criminal background check. An appointment and a fee of $62.75 are required for the livescan fingerprinting process. 
  • Arrange to have your dental school submit to the Michigan Board of Dentistry a final official transcript of your dental school education, with graduation date, the degree or certification earned, and the seal of the school.
  • Request that the National Board of Dental Examiners send an official report of your scores directly to the Board; copies are not acceptable.
  •  If you have taken and passed the Northeast Regional Board Examination (NERB), your scores have automatically been forwarded and no further action on your part is required.
  • Submit an application for dentist license, along with a check or money order for $120. The application can be downloaded at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch_dds_appkt_84022_7.pdf.

All correspondence should be addressed to:

Michigan Department of Community Health
Board of Dentistry
P.O. Box 30670
Lansing, Michigan 48909


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