The practice of dental hygiene in California is regulated by the Dental Hygiene Committee of California. Out of state hygienists interested in sitting for the dental hygiene licensure examination must complete the requirements established by DHCC. Licensure by credential is also available to for qualified applicants. The clinical examination schedule is available on the DHCC website.
The Government Relations Council of CDHA represents the interests of all registered dental hygienists in legislative matters affecting licensure and practice of dental hygiene in the state of California. Click here to read the legislative updates from the CDHA Government Relations Council.
For specific questions regarding the licensure process, licensure by credential and any inquires relating to regulations on the practice of dental hygiene in California, please contact the Committee of Dental Hygiene of California at: www.dhcc.ca.gov
The California Dental Hygienists’ Association represents the interests of dental hygienists in the state of California and is not a regulatory or licensing body for the practice of dental hygiene.
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Obtaining/maintaining a dental hygiene license in California
- ALERT- License Notification Requirement
- ALERT-Potential License Denial or Suspension for Failure to Pay Taxes
- How to Become Licensed
- Licensure Renewal
- Licensure by Credential
- Continuing Education Requirements for RDHs and RDHAPs (external)
The Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice
Standards and Practice
- Independent Contracting (Members page)
Statutes regulating the practice of dental hygiene in California