Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions -- >
  License Renewal

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  • If I am retired or on the inactive list, do I need to renew my license each biennial renewal period?
  • Yes. License renewal occurs from September 1 through October 31 each biennial period, and all licenses not renewed by October 31 are assessed penalties from November 1 through December 31 during the renewal period. There are no exceptions to penalty assessments. Any licenses not renewed by December 31 each year will be voided on January 1 for a failure to re-register. Refer to Miss. Code Ann. 73-9-19 and 73-9-43 and Board Regulation 37.
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  • If I am retired or on the inactive list, do I need to pay a license renewal fee and the assessment for the Professionals Health Network (PHN)?
  • Yes. There are no reduced fees for inactive or retired status, and the PHN assessment is mandatory for all dentists and dental hygienists who wish to renew licenses. Refer to Miss. Code Ann. 73-9-43 and Board Regulation 37.
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  • Do dental hygienists and radiology permit holders need to pay the assessment for the Professionals Health Network (PHN)?
  • Dental hygienists are required to pay the mandatory PHN renewal assessment. However, at this time, radiology permit holders are not required to pay the PHN assessment. Refer to Board Regulation 37.
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  • May I submit my personal check and a paper renewal form to renew my license or permit?
  • No. At its 05/13/2011 meeting, the Board determined that all licenses and permits MUST be renewed ONLY via the on-line method beginning with the 2011-2013 dental biennial renewal period and all renewal periods thereafter. PAPER RENEWAL FORMS NO LONGER WILL BE AVAILABLE. Dentists renew for their two-year cycle every odd-numbered year, and dental hygienists and radiology permit holders renew for their two-year cycle every even-numbered year.
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  • How do I receive my renewal information?
  • In each odd-numbered year, dentists will be notified via e-mail no later than August 31 that the Board's on-line renewal portal is open. The Board can accommodate up to two (2) e-mail addresses for dentists. In each even-numbered year, dental hygienists and radiology permit holders will be notified via e-mail no later than August 31 that the Board's on-line renewal portal is open. At this time, the Board can accommodate only one (1) e-mail address for dental hygienists and radiology permit holders. ALL LICENEES AND PERMIT HOLDERS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A MINIMUM OF ONE (1) CURRENTLY VALID E-MAIL ADDRESS AND TO ENSURE THAT THIS E-MAIL ADDRESS IS UPDATED EACH TIME IT CHANGES.
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  • What forms of payment does the Board accept for license/permit renewal?
  • At this time, the Board accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express, debit cards, and electronic funds transfer (EFT) payments for license and permit renewal.
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  • What is the convenience fee that is included with my renewal assessment?
  • The convenience fee is an amount assessed by the State of Mississippi (NOT THE BOARD) for use of its on-line portal. This convenience fee is split among the State's payment processor, your credit card provider, and the State of Mississippi (NOT THE BOARD). This fee is based upon the total amount being renewed, and the most cost-effective manner to renew is via electronic funds transfer (EFT), inasmuch as this fee is a set fee of approximately $1.25 regardless of the amount being renewed. THE BOARD DOES NOT RECEIVE ANY PORTION OF THE CONVENIENCE FEE.
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  • How do I know if my on-line renewal was successful?
  • Within one (1) hour of finalizing payment for your license/permit renewal, you will receive a payment confirmation sent to the e-mail address you provided during the payment portion of your on-line renewal. This e-mail address may be different from the e-mail address(es) you provided during the data portion of your on-line renewal. Anesthesia permit holders and DANB-certified dental assistants will be required to submit additional documentation before their renewal can be finalized, and instructions as to submitting this supplemental documentation will be provided in the payment confirmation e-mail.
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  • How do I receive my certification card once my renewal has been finalized and accepted by the Board?
  • Certification cards will be transmitted to all licensees and permit holders via e-mail. Certification cards are attached as PDFs. Licensees and permit holders should print the certification card(s) attached to this e-mail to be displayed with their licenses/permits in all locations at which they work. Furthermore, licensees and permit holders are encouraged to save the attached certification card PDF on their computers in the event they need to print additional copies of their certification cards at a future date.
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  • What is my login and unique ID to access the Board's on-line portal?
  • To log into the Board's on-line portal, you will enter your Mississippi dental license number (NOT your specialty license or anesthesia permit number), dental hygiene license number (including the "DH" following the last two digits of the number on your license), or radiology permit number, as appropriate. Your unique ID is composed of the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number, followed by the 2-digit month of your birth, followed by the 2-digit day of your birth, and then followed by the 2-digit year of your birth. For example, the following unique ID of 9999013181 is broken down as follows: "9999" are the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number; "01" are the 2 digits of the month of your birth; "31" are the 2 digits of the day of your birth; and "81" are the 2 digits of the year of your birth. It is CRITICAL that this information be noted accurately in the Board's database, and if you change your Social Security Number at any time after you have received a license/permit from the Board, you MUST IMMEDIATELY notify the Board of this change.
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