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Becoming a Dentist in Texas - TX

The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners regulates mandatory licensure before applicants can become a dentist in Texas. However, Texas requires that before even submitting an application, all candidates must:

  • Submit a fee of $44.20 for a fingerprint criminal background check.
  • Complete the State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE) online jurisprudence assessment. A $55 fee is required in advance and payment can be made via credit card. No advanced preparation or study materials are needed since the exam is viewed as a learning tool. The test can be taken online at any time, 24 hours a day. Information is available at http://www.tsbde.state.tx.us/index.php.

After completing the above steps, applicants must then submit a completed and notarized Application for Texas Licensure, along with the required application fee of $400 in the form of a check or money order, made out to the State Board of Dental Examiners (SBDE). Included with the application must be a photocopy of a birth certificate, naturalization papers or a valid passport and a certified or notarized copy of a diploma or a degree from a college recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association. Additionally, proof of successfully passing both the National Board Dental Examination, both Parts 1 and 11 and the General Dentistry Clinical Examination must be submitted. Materials should be sent to:

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners
333 Guadalupe, Tower 3, Suite 800
Austin, TX  78701-3942


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