Registration & Licensing Requirements - Initial Licensure for Graduating Students

To be Registered and licensed to practice dentistry in Nova Scotia the following requirements must be met and submitted:

  • A completed application form, signed by a Commissioner of Oaths, with an attached photograph;
  • A copy of your National Dental Examining Board of Canada generalists' certificate;
  • A certified copy of your graduation certificate from a dental program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada,  or the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, or effective March 30, 2010, general dentistry programs accredited by CDAC or the Australian Dental Council (ADC), or effective December 15, 2011, general dentistry programs accredited by CDAC or the Dental Council of New Zealand (DCNZ), or effective December 5, 2012, general dentistry programs accredited by CDAC or the Irish Dental Council; This copy of the degree must be a certified photocopy of your graduation in dentistry. 
  • A letter from the Dean certifying your graduation from the dental program;
  • A copy of your birth certificate;
  • Verification of active membership in the Nova Scotia Dental Association, please contact 902-420-0088 for more information;
  • Verification of malpractice insurance through CDSPI - minimum of $ 3 million coverage;
  • A Vulnerable Sector Check and a Criminal Record Check (Performed within the previous 12 months);
  • Two written character references from non-family members who have known you for the past four years;
  • Payment of appropriate fees to the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia:

                      $ 100.00 Initial Registration Fee

                      $ 1112.00 Annual License Fee (December 1 - November 30th)

                      $  556.00 If licensing June 1st or later of any given year

Licensing Process

The application form with all necessary and correct documentation is submitted to the Registrar for review.

The Provincial Dental Board will contact the applicant to schedule an appointment to meet with the Registrar to discuss their application.

In circumstances where the Registrar needs to obtain additional information the registration process will require additional time in order to complete.

Applicants cannot begin practice without a license.

Successful applicants who meet all of the licensing requirement will be entered into the Dental Register and issued a license.

Applicants who have been declined licensure may appeal the Registrar's decision to the Registration Appeal Committee.

Payment of fees is accepted by visa, mastercard, debit, cheque or money order.

Please Note:  License fees are non-refundable                    

Download the Application and Consent Forms (PDF)