Questions and Answers About Your Dues

We value your membership and your dues are vital component to maintaining the effectiveness of the MDS.

This page answers some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about your MDS, ADA, and local society dues. If you have other questions, please contact the MDS Membership Department at (800) 342-8747.


Do I need to join and pay dues directly to the ADA, MDS, and my local component separately?

As a dentist, you only need to complete one application from the MDS to enroll in all three organizations. Upon completing the application, the MDS will send you an invoice for all three organization, and will forwarded the appropriate dues once they are received.


Can I join only one or two organizations?

Organized dentistry is a tripartite structure with three organizations (ADA, MDS, a Local District) linked together.  Each society's bylaws require that you be a member in all three organizations to maximize the advocacy and buying power of dentists.  Membership to such a powerful group ensure that you have a voice on federal, state, and local issues and legislation.

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When are dues due?

Membership is based on the calendar year, January 1 to December 31.  Please submit all dues by January 1.  The MDS extends a grace period for dues payments until March 31. If you are experiencing a financial hardship or unable to afford membership based on a disability, you may apply for a waiver of dues.

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What are my payment options?

Members can renew using a credit card or check in a lump sum or through the MDS 12-month plan.  The 12-month plan is offered by the MDS with no additional fees or charges. In order to participate, please complete the Dues Authorization Agreement. In addition, contributions to the MDS PAC and other voluntary donations can be included as part of your monthly payments.  In order to participate in the plan, please complete the Dues Authorization Agreement

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Are my dues tax-deductible?

Federal law prohibits taxpayers from deducting membership dues that are attributable to lobbying expenses.  Accordingly, only the portion of your dues that is not attributable to lobbying activities is deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.  Each year, the MDS provides you with a reasonable estimate of the amount of dues not deductible. The estimate is provided with your annual dues and is also available on the website.

Dues Deductibility Information


I'm a recent graduate.  Do I pay full dues?

New graduates are offered reduced dues for four years following completion of dental training.  In your first following graduation from dental school, annual dues for your district, MDS, and ADA are waived entirely.  In your second year, you receive a 75% discount off of the full dues; in your third year you receive a 50% discount; and in your fourth year you receive a 25%discount.  In order to receive the new dentist discounts, you must have maintained membership in the ADA while you were in dental school.

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I only work part-time.  Do I qualify for a discount?

Currently, a part-time dues category has not been established.  The MDS Council on Membership and the ADA Council on Membership Council review the membership categories on a regular basis.

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Is there a way to recoup my dues?

Yes.  Membership can pays for itself and more! 

To start, you can save by registering as a member for the Yankee Dental Congress. Membership can also save you on certain business services through the MDS Affinity Programs.  Some programs to consider using include:

  • Eastern Dentists Insurance Company (EDIC) and its subsidiary, Eastern Dental Insurance Agency (EDIA) - Access a full line of personal and professional insurance products at group rates.

Review MDS Affinity Programs

Buying or Selling?

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