Apply for a License
- Apply online
The Washington State Department of Health requires that only the applicant or licensee may complete an attestation for an application, or for continuing education. This is a legal attestation. Completion of the attestation by anyone other than the applicant may constitute a reportable felony offense. The Department of Health can take action against people for perjury or for making a false statement they know to be false.
For further information please see:
- Continuing Education; WAC 246-12-180; How to prove compliance
- Initial and renewal credentialing of practitioners; WAC 246-12-020; How to obtain an initial credential
Washington state law authorizes the Department of Health to obtain fingerprint-based background checks for licensing purposes. This check may be through the Washington State Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We may require this if you have lived in another state or if you have a criminal record in Washington State. This would be at your own expense.
You must pay the application fee at the time you apply. You may use a credit or debit card with a VISA or MasterCard logo, or pay by ACH/E-Check. Please make sure your address on the payment information screen matches the address your financial institution has on file for you. This fee is non-refundable. There is a convenience fee to apply online.
If we need additional documentation, we'll notify you by email.
There are additional items you may need, in addition to your application:
If you have questions, contact our Customer Service staff at 360-236-4700.
Online Application Instructions
Online application instructions are on our website. Online applications are accessed through SecureAccess Washington (SAW) security portal. You'll need to add the Department of Health Online Application Portal service to access the online applications. The first time you add the service, you'll be prompted to answer several questions to verify your identity. The questions will match the name and address you provide with the existing public record information. Because the questions come from public record, you need to provide a complete address and your full legal name as it appears on your driver's license or birth certificate. You may find you have to enter a former address, especially if your address has changed recently (within the past one or two years) to get the right questions that pertain to your identity. If don't have sufficient information in the public record to verify your identity and aren't currently credentialed by the Department of Health, then you'll need to submit a paper application, as you won't be able to access the Online Application Portal.
Once you have completed the process you will receive an email with your pending credential number, or you may look on Provider Credential Search. Refer to this credential number any time you contact Department of Health or submit paperwork.
- Apply on paper
The following forms are required for completing the application process. Please download and print forms.
- See licensing fees below
Non-Refundable Fee Type Fee Amount Application $350 Examination $1,500 Reexamination, written $500 Reexamination, practical $500 License renewal (one year) $1,700 Late renewal penalty $300 Expired license reissuance $300 Inactive license renewal $750 Retired active license renewal $850 Retired active late renewal penalty $150 Expired inactive license reissuance $300 Duplicate license $10 Verification of license $25 Multiple location licenses $50
Fees submitted with applications for initial credentialing, examinations, renewal, and other fees associated with the licensing and regulation of the profession are non-refundable.
- See exam schedule below
(subject to change)
Date Location August 18- 20, 2023
Clinical (practical) Exam
Bates Technical College
1101 S. Yakima Ave.
Retake candidates: Notification, in writing, of intent to retake denturist written and/or clinical examination must be postmarked 60 days prior to the requested examination date. Appropriate retake fees must be postmarked 30 days prior to the requested examination date.
First-time candidates: Applications must be postmarked 60 days prior to the requested examination date. Application supporting documents, including appropriate examination fee, must be postmarked 30 days prior to the requested examination.
Note: Scheduled clinical examination dates are subject to change. The board requires a minimum of five candidates to conduct the clinical examination. If there are less than five candidates, the clinical examination will be canceled and the candidates will be scheduled for the next examination.
- See license requirements below
Applicant must have successful completion of formal training with a major course of study in denturism of not less than two years duration at an educational institution recognized by the board. Applicant must request official transcript(s) be sent to the department showing completion of formal training with a major course of study in denturism.
The following education programs have been approved by the board:
- American Denturist College, Eugene, Oregon
- Bates Technical College, Tacoma, Washington
- George Brown College, Ontario, Canada
- New England School of Denture Technology, Bangor, Maine
- Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Alberta, Canada
- Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, British Columbia if completed after 2000 and before July 2015
Applicant must list all professional education and experience, including college or university, and a complete chronology of practice history. Include all time periods whether or not engaged in activities related to the practice of denturism.
Applicant must pass the board-administered written and clinical exams or successfully complete written and clinical exams recognized by the board
Verification of passing scores must be sent directly to the department.
- Verification of scores from Oregon will be accepted if the state exams were taken and passed before March 1, 2015.
- Verification of scores from Maine will be accepted if the exams were taken and passed before July 1, 2012.
State license verification
Applicant must list all states where credentials are or were held, including where applicant has applied but a credential was not granted. A verification form must be completed and submitted (PDF) by the jurisdiction where the applicant is or was credentialed. The jurisdiction must send the completed form directly to the department.
Personal data questions
Each applicant must answer the personal data questions. If there is a positive answer to the professional liability claims history question, the applicant must send an explanation of the nature of the case, data and summary of care given, copies of the original complaint, and the settlement or final disposition. If pending, applicant must indicate status.
Proof of successfully passing both a written and clinical exam for denturism in a state that has substantially equivalent licensing standards as those in Washington State. The following states have been determined to meet the equivalency standards:
- Maine – 1. If applicant completed a Washington board-approved denturist program and was licensed before July 1, 2012; or
2. Applicant completed a Washington board-approved denturist program, completed the Denturist Qualifying Examinations administered by the Denturist Examination Group and was licensed after February 23, 2018.
- Montana – If applicant completed a Washington board-approved denturist program, completed the Denturist Qualifying Examinations administered by the Denturist Examination Group and was licensed after February 23, 2018, and was licensed by exam and not by endorsement.
- Oregon – If applicant completed a Washington board-approved denturist program and the state exams were passed before March 1, 2015.
Process for approving/denying applications
We finish final review for approval after a credentialing specialist verifies that the application is fully complete, and complies with requirements in chapter 18.30 RCW and chapter 246-812 WAC. We complete background checks and make sure applicants have submitted required fees. Credentialing supervisors and lead workers have the authority to approve routine applications. The disciplining authority may conduct further review if the credentialing supervisor can't verify the applicant meets all requirements. We'll formally notify applicants of a denial. Those applicants may request a hearing to appeal the decision.
Denturists must renew their license every year. Credentials expire on the credential holder's birthday and may be renewed within 90 days of the expiration date. Note: If you have an alternate location license, you will also need to send in the renewal notice for it. Otherwise, the alternate location license will not be updated.
Continuing education requirements
- See renewal information below
Is your contact information current?
In order to serve you better, we must have your correct mailing address in our system. This is especially important because we mail your courtesy renewal notice and updated credential to the address on file. The U.S. Postal Service does not forward Department of Health mail. If your contact information is not current in our system, complete and submit the contact information change form. If you have questions, feel free to contact our staff.
How to renew
Denturist Alternate Location Renewal
In addition to mail and in-person renewal, Denturist Alternate Location licensees may renew by using the following:
People with Denturist with Alternate Location license(s) may complete a Denturist Alternate Location Renewal Request. Denturist Alternate Location licensees can electronically submit renewal information to the Department of Health renewal team for processing, if your alternate location has not changed and your denturist license is in active status. You must submit a renewal request for each alternate location. Note: Please allow up to three business days for processing.
You must complete a Denturist Alternate Location License application (PDF) if you have changed locations.
If you have questions about the renewal process, see our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
For more information about continuing competency (CE), denturist inactive license, denturist retired active license, etc, see our frequently asked questions.