License to Practice Dentistry or Dental Hygiene


The Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (IDPR) is the state agency charged with issuing a license to practice dentistry in the state. To obtain license application/forms, please click here. Any dentist wishing to practice must first obtain a general license which permits the dentist to practice in all areas of dentistry. Following post-graduate study in a specialty area, a dentist may apply and be tested for a specialty license in the areas of orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, oral & maxillofacial surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics, or endodontics.

In addition to general and specialty licenses, there are several other types of dental licenses that fit into specific situations. These include the:

  • Temporary training license - for dentists who do not hold an Illinois dental license but are admitted to an advanced dental educational program in the state
  • Restricted faculty license - for dentists who have received an appointment to the faculty of an Illinois dental school but do not hold an Illinois dental license
  • Inactive status - for Illinois licensed dentists who retire from practice but wish to continue holding a dental license in the state.

Dental Hygiene

Similar to dentists, dental hygienists must obtain a license to practice in Illinois. Following specific educational and testing requirements, the IDPR will issue a license to graduates of accredited dental hygiene educational programs.

Other than placing a license in an inactive status, all of the dental and dental hygiene licenses have both educational and testing requirements that must be met before the IDPR will issue the license to them. For complete information and a schedule of fees, check out the Illinois Dental Practice Act and the Rules and Regulations of the act at the IDFPR Website. At this location, you can also download various applications forms for submission to the department.