Information for the License:

Dental Assistant - Registered

Licensing Agency:

Agency or Department Name:  Department of Consumer Affairs
Board or Council Name:  Dental Board of California
Division Name: Administration Unit
Telephone:  (916) 263-2300
Agency Web Address:

License Description:
     (Always confirm this information with the licensing agency.)

Dental Assistant - Registered

Fees: Application: $20
Practical Examination: $60
Written Examination: $43
Law and Ethics Written Examination: $23

Examination Frequency:  Four times a year.

Exam Locations: Statewide (Contact Dental Board for locations).

Experience Requirement: Graduation from a Board-approved dental assistant program or 15 months on-the-job training as a dental assistant for a licensed dentist.  Completion of approved courses in Radiation Safety, Coronal Polishing, 8-hour Infection Control course, 2-hour Dental Practice Act course, Current American Heart Association or American Red Cross Basic Life Support course. 

Average Time to Process Application: 30 days.

Renewal Period: Biennially (every second year).

Comments: All dentists utilizing a dental assistant must post the duties and functions of a dental assistant as allowed by the Board. (California Code of Regulations, Section 1068).

Authority: Business and Professions Code, Section 1752.
California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Chapter 3, Article 3.