Registration & Licensing Requirements - General Dentist

In order 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;
  • For the purposes of labour mobility under the Agreement on Internal Trade ( ), an applicant with a non-restricted license from another Canadian lilcensing jurisdiction obtained prior to July 1, 2001, who does not hold a National Dental Examining Board of Canada certificate will be recognized as holding a qualification equivalent to a National Dental Examining Board of Canada certificate.
  • A 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;
  • An applicant must provide a certified copy of their Canadian birth certificate, or Canadian citizenship card or proof of permanent Canadian residency status.
    If an applicant is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada then the applicant must provide details about their current citizenship status and a certified copy of the authorization issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada which permits them to engage in the practice of dentistry in Canada.
  • If you are or have been engaged in practice in another jurisdiction before moving to Nova Scotia, a Certificate of Good Standing form  from every jurisdiction you have been licensed in must accompany your application;   
  • Verification of active membership in the Nova Scotia Dental Association; please contact 902-420-0088;
  • Payment of appropriate fees to the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia:
    • $ 100.00 Initial registration fee
    • $ 1,145.00 Annual license fee (December 1 - November 30th )
    • $ 572.50 if licensing after June 1st of any given year.
  • Verification of malpractice insurance through CDSPI - minimum of $ 3 million coverage;
  • If not a new graduate, one must have proof of continual practice defined as a minimum of 450 hours within the last three years preceding the date of application (see Regulation No.1, Section 7) - letter from employer or signed affidavit.
  • A Vulnerable Sector Search 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;
  • Translation of documents are the responsibility of the applicant

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

Please Note: License fees are non-refundable.

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 to practice without a license.

Successful applicants who meet all of the licensing requirements 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.


Dentists who previously did not meet the contiuous practice requirement in Nova Scotia, by are not eligible to re-license are required to complete the application form.

Certificate of Good Standing

Download the Application and Consent Forms (PDF)