Welcome to the Dental Hygiene Board of California (DHBC)


The responsibilities of DHBC include issuing, reviewing, and enforcing dental hygiene licenses as well as developing the Law and Ethics examinations. Additional functions include promulgating regulations, establishing and maintaining fees, oversight and approval of dental hygiene educational programs, and continuing education requirements for all dental hygiene licensure categories.


The DHBC’s primary mission is to protect the public and meet the oral hygiene needs of all Californians.


Temporary Licensure (Military Spouse or Partners)

Important information regarding Dental Specialties Institute, Inc.'s Non-approved RDM/ITR CE Course

Assembly Bill 1257: Clinical Exam Elimination and Other Dental Hygiene Provisions

Dental Hygiene Practice under Active Military Orders

Attention: Important Continuing Education Information

The DHBC 2023 Sunset Review Report is now available.

RDHAP In-service Training Announcement

Attention: Retired Licensure - Effective January 1, 2023

Attention: Reporting Dental Relationships Between Registered Dental Hygienists in Alternative Practice and Licensed Dentists – Effective July 1, 2022

Attention: Certification of Out-of-State Dental Hygiene Education in Soft Tissue Curettage, Local Anesthesia, And Nitrous Oxide-Oxygen Analgesia - Effective July 1, 2022

RDHAP Information for STC and LA Administration

Information Regarding the Dental Hygiene Clinical Examinations

Attention: Newly Approved Fee Increases for Licenses Effective July 1, 2022

Expedited Licensure for Refugees, Asylees, and Holders of Special Immigrant Visas

The Dental Hygiene Board of CA would like to notify you that the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Health and Human Services have credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers. The Dental Hygiene Board of CA is sharing this information to provide warning to healthcare providers to ensure that they take timely and reasonable precautions to protect their networks from these threats.  Please see additional information at the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency website: https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-302a.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released a memo containing guidelines for resuming deferred and preventative dental care in California.

Guidance Relating to Non-Discrimination in Medical Treatment for Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

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Attention: Are you interested in becoming a Dental Hygiene Board member? Click on the Consumers tab, then under Information for Consumers, click on the link for the Board Member Resources and review the information on becoming a DHBC board member. Or contact us and we’ll tell you how. Thank you.

Fraud Alert – July 8, 2021




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  • dhbcinfo@dca.ca.gov
    Phone: (916) 263-1978
    Fax: (916) 263-2688
    2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1350
    Sacramento, CA 95815