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      RS 37:770     


§770.  Renewals; requirements

A.(1)  The secretary of the board shall collect the biennial renewal license fee for dentists and dental hygienists.  The license renewal fee shall be set by the board and shall be due and payable no later than the expiration of the current renewal certificate at the board office.  Failure to pay this renewal fee before the expiration of the current renewal certificate will provide a basis for the temporary suspension of a Louisiana dental or dental hygiene license.  Payment of the license renewal fee made after the current renewal certificate has expired, but prior to a subsequent suspension or revocation of a license as provided in this Chapter shall be accompanied by a delinquency fee as well as any costs or expenses, including attorney fees, which may be caused by the need for the institution of disciplinary proceedings.

(2)  The secretary of the board may collect a fee to certify or to recertify the confirmation of expanded duty dental assistants as set forth in rules promulgated by the board.

(3)  Any dentist or dental hygienist applying for renewal of a license shall present satisfactory evidence with the license renewal application form that he is currently certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Course "C" Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers as defined by the American Heart Association, the Red Cross Professional Rescue Course, or an equivalent.

B.  The official roster of the board for issuing license renewals or any other official notice shall be the last known mailing address of the dentist, dental hygienist, or expanded duty dental assistant as indicated in the board files.

C.  Effective in renewal year 1998, the board may renew the license of a dentist or dental hygienist biennially.

D.  Each dentist and dental hygienist shall renew his license as required by the provisions of this Chapter.  If a dentist or dental hygienist fails to renew his license by February first of the renewal year, the board shall send a notice advising him that his license shall be revoked for nonpayment at the next available board meeting and shall give the dentist or dental hygienist an opportunity to appear at the board meeting and show cause why his license should not be revoked.

E.  Renewal fees for mobile or movable dental offices shall be renewed concurrently with the dentists' license renewal.

F.(1)  In addition to all other applicable fees and costs attendant to the issuance, renewal, or reinstatement of any license, certificate, permit, or registration issued to a dentist by the board pursuant to this Chapter, the board shall charge and collect a fee from each dentist and each dental hygienist in an amount set by the board to be utilized for the identification, monitoring, and assistance of, and procurement of treatment for, dentists and dental hygienists suffering from substance abuse, chemical dependency, psychiatric conditions, or physical deficiencies resulting in behavior such as defined in R.S. 37:776(A)(5) and (17) and 777(A)(5) and (24) which may interfere with their ability to practice dentistry or dental hygiene with reasonable skill and safety.

(2)  The fee established in this Subsection shall be due and payable at the time of application for the issuance, renewal, or reinstatement of any license, permit, certificate, or registration.

(3)  The fee established in this Subsection shall not be collected from a dentist seeking issuance or renewal of a retired volunteer license.


Acts 1986, No. 914, §1; Acts 1993, No. 51, §1; Acts 1995, No. 920, §1; Acts 1997, No. 83, §1; Acts 1999, No. 1358, §1; Acts 2012, No. 407, §1.

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