State Board of Dentistry

The State Board of Dentistry regulates the practice and licensure of dentists, dental hygienists, and the certification of expanded function dental assistants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The State Board of Dentistry, through the licensure of dentists and dental hygienists and the certification of expanded function dental assistants, insures that such individuals are suitable and qualified. The Board issues, suspends and revokes licenses and certificates.  In addition, the Board supervises dentists, dental hygienists and expanded function dental assistants to insure that they are complying with licensure and certification requirements and investigates complaints made against these  individuals.  The Board develops standards of professional conduct, including continuing education requirements, in order to maintain a high level of integrity and performance in the practice of dentistry.

Board Laws and Regulations

 Law - Act 216 of 1933 (PDF)


 Act 48 - Schedule of Civil Penalties


Examination Notification

Please be aware that Pennsylvania Expanded Function Dental Assistant examinations will now be administered by Pearson VUE. Registration is open and exam appointments begin on Monday, April 3, 2023.

To learn more about your examination, test center policies, registration, scheduling, or canceling an examination, please visit:

You may also call 877-883-1370, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. ET; Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET; and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. ET; the call center is closed on local holidays.

To learn about examination accommodations or to request an accommodation, please visit:


For examination information contact: 

1304 Concourse Drive, Suite 100 

Linthicum, MD 21090 

Phone: 301.563.3300 


Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA)

For examination information contact:

1725 SW Gage Blvd.

Topeka, Kansas 66604

Phone: 757.318.9082


Central Regional Testing Services (CRDTS)

For examination information contact:

4698 Honeygrove Road, Suite 2

Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Phone: 785.273.0380


National Board Written Examinations (NDE)

For examination information contact: 

Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations

211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1846

Chicago, IL 60611 

Telephone No. 312-440-2678


PA Dental Radiography Examinations (RHS)

For information (on the Radiation, Health & Safety (RHS) examination), please contact: 

Dental Assisting National Board, Inc. (DANB)

1-800-FOR-DANB or


EFDA Certification Examination

For examination information contact: 

Pearson VUE 

1-877-883-1370- or pearsonvue

Contact us

Call us

Toll Free: 1-833-DOS-BPOA

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Email us - Note: This mailbox is reserved for receipt of documentation specific to letters of good standing, exam information, disciplinary documents, transcripts and other education or employment verifications, and any other outside agency or related communications.

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Mailing address

State Board of Dentistry P.O. Box 2649 Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649

Mailing address

Physical address

2525 N 7th Street Harrisburg, PA 17110

Mailing address

Get support

To contact the Board with general or application questions or assistance related to your license, application and/or for any technical support pertaining to the PA Licensing System known as PALS, please reference the link below.

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Courier Address

PA Dept of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs Attn: State Board of Dentistry 2 Technology Park Harrisburg, PA 17110-2919

Courier Address

Please note that neither the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide legal advice or advisory opinions, including interpretations of the law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any given case or scenario.  You are invited to contact a private attorney or professional organization for advice or guidance.