BORID is the state agency with the power to grant and revoke licenses to practice dentistry and dental hygiene in Massachusetts. The fee to initially obtain a license is approximately $660. A renewal fee of approximately $360 is required every two years.
To obtain a license to practice dentistry, you must submit proof of successful completion of a clinical examination administered by one of the following
Successfully complete a clinical examination from either: North East Regional Board (NERB), Florida State Board of Dental Examiners, Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners, or Central Region Dental Testing Service (if taken prior to July 1, 2009).
Successfully complete The North East Regional Board (NERB) Diagnostic Skills Exam (DSE) and successfully complete a state clinical examination acceptable to BORID or a clinical exam administered by one of the following: Central Region Dental Testing Service (if taken on or after July 1, 2009), South East Regional Testing Agency, Western Regional Examination Board, or Council of Interstate Testing Agencies.
Licensure by Credentials may also be granted to a dentist that has been in practice for more than five years in another state. For requirements regarding Licensure by Credential, please contact BORID directly.
The following information can be found on BORID’s website under Licensing:
- Dental License Application and Forms.
- BORID Fee Schedule.
- Information for Foreign Trained Dentists.
- Renewal Policies and Procedures.
- Regional and State Clinical Licensing Examination Requirements.
To help you understand BORID regulations, the MDS has created a summary of key issues every dentist should know.
NOTE: BORID also enforces the state's continuing education requirements. All dentists must earn 40 continuing education (CE) credits every two years; hygienists must earn 20 continuing education credits. Random audits are performed by the Board to verify completion of required credit hours. For complete information about the CE responsibilities of licensees, go to the MDS Continuing Education Requirements for Licensure web page or you can review the regulations directly on the BORID’s website, click on "Statutes, Rules, and Regulations" and refer to document “234 CMR 5.00.”