Licensure Reinstatement Rule Gains Additional Flexibility

Molly PereiraFeatured News

Sept. 22, 2009

The SBDE has proposed revisions to the reinstatement section of its licensure rule. The Board made several revisions to the licensure rules this year to improve consistency across licensees and type of licensure (initial licensure and reinstatement).

This revision would apply only to dentists and dental hygienists whose licenses have lapsed. The rule gives more flexibility in reinstatement of lapsed licenses than previously had been allowed.

Notable changes to the reinstatement rule include:

  • Removal of a verification requirement for out-of-state licenses when applying for reinstatement.
  • Extension of the grace period from 6 months to 2 years after the license lapses, where a dentist is not required to retake the jurisprudence exam.
  • Increased specificity on the timeline for demonstrating clinical competency. Under the proposed rule, a dentist would have to demonstrate clinical competency if he/she has not practiced at least 700 hours in a 12-month period during the last five years. Previously the statute required a dentist to have worked at least one year out of the last five years.
  • Discussion of three clinical competency scenarios that will be considered on case-by-case basis by the board, which include educational programs, faculty/research roles and military service.

To view a copy of the most recent rule revision, please click here.

Written comments on the rule are due by 5 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2009. Comments may be submitted to the State Board at or to 1560 Broadway, Ste. 1350, Denver, CO 80202. A public hearing on the rule is scheduled on Oct. 21, 2009, 1:00 p.m. at 1560 Broadway, Ste. 1380, Denver, CO 80202.