Retroactive Fingerprinting of Licensees, California Code of Regulations Sections 1007, 1008, and 1017.2

According to Sections 1007, 1008, and 1017.2 of the California Code of Regulations (Title 16: Professional and Vocational Regulations), dental professionals are required to submit their fingerprints upon license renewal in case the DOJ (Department of Justice) doesn’t have any record that they were previously fingerprinted by the Dental Board of California. To renew the license, licensees are required to take Live Scan fingerprinting by the Board.

The Purpose of Retroactive Fingerprinting of Licensees

The main purpose of the California Code of Regulations sections 1007, 1008, and 1071.2 is to establish requirements for license renewals. Licensees who weren’t previously fingerprinted must provide a full set of fingerprints to the DOJ as a condition of license renewal with the Dental Board of California if the electronic record of his or her fingerprint submission no longer exists or if the licensee was licensed before 1999. This regulation would:

  1. Specify the purpose and conditions for which a set of fingerprints would be required.
  2. Set time frames and requirements for when the licensee would be required to submit criminal history records to the Board.
  3. Require licensees to certify compliance with the new fingerprinting requirements on their renewal form and maintain records on their compliance for three years (minimum).
  4. Establish that licensees would be responsible for paying all the costs related to conducting criminal offender record searches and furnishing fingerprints.
  5. Authorize a waiver of fingerprinting requirements for all licensees who are actively serving in the military (outside the country) or are inactive.
  6. Specify that failing to submit a full set of fingerprints to DOJ or comply with these requirements renders any license renewal application incomplete.
  7. Mandate that a licensee discloses whether he or she has been convicted of a crime or has had any disciplinary actions taken against other licenses he or she holds.
  8. Add a new application requirement and form for renewing a license.

Live Scan Fingerprinting Method

Live Scan is a fingerprinting method that is more efficient than Ink on Cards method. It is only available in California (for either visitors or residents). To use this method, you will need to download the Live Scan form, fill it, and take it to the nearest Live Scan service location. There, you will be required to pay a fee, your fingerprints will be taken electronically, and then sent to the California Department of Justice. Within the next seven days, the DOJ will submit a report to the Dental Board of California. This fingerprinting method has a low rate of rejections.

  • Live Scan Form for Dental applicants and licensees.
  • Live Scan Form for Registered Dental Assistant applicants and licensees.

Licensees don’t have to be fingerprinted if they:

  • Are actively serving in the military outside the country.
  • Are renewing their license in the inactive status.
  • Have previously been fingerprinted and the DOJ or the Dental Board have your fingerprint record.

As a CE (Continuing Education) provider for RDAs in California, we at Dental Specialties Institute, Inc. provide a Dental Practice Act & Law and Ethics course. The course is designed to satisfy all RDA application or license renewal requirements mandatory courses in the Dental Practice Act. Also, it will help you understand the California Dental Practice Act, along with all the laws regarding licenses in the dental profession.