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DIVISION 2. HEALING ARTS [500 - 4999.129]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1937, Ch. 399. )

CHAPTER 4. Dentistry [1600 - 1976]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1937, Ch. 415. )

ARTICLE 6. Fees [1715 - 1725]
  ( Article 6 added by Stats. 1937, Ch. 415. )

1715.
  

Licenses issued under the provisions of this chapter, unless specifically excepted, expire at 12 midnight on the legal birth date of a licentiate of the board during the second year of a two-year term if not renewed.

The board shall establish procedures for the administration of the birth date renewal program, including, but not limited to, the establishment of a pro rata formula for the payment of fees by licentiates affected by the implementation of such program and the establishment of a system of staggered license expiration dates such that a relatively equal number of licenses expire annually.

(Amended by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1189.)

1715.1.
  

The provisions of Sections 1715, 1716, 1717, 1718, 1718.1, 1718.2, and 1718.3 shall also apply to and govern the expiration, renewal, restoration, reinstatement, and reissuance of permission to conduct an additional place of practice.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1270.)

1715.5.
  

(a) A licensee shall, upon his or her initial licensure and any subsequent application for renewal, report the completion of any advanced educational program accredited by the Committee on Dental Accreditation in a dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association.

(b) The licensee shall also report, upon his or her initial licensure and any subsequent application for renewal, the practice or employment status of the licensee, designated as one of the following:

(1) Full-time practice or employment in a dental practice of 32 hours per week or more in California. This reporting requirement shall also apply to a dental auxiliary licensee.

(2) Full-time practice or employment in a dental practice outside of California.

(3) Part-time practice or employment in a dental practice for less than 32 hours per week in California.

(4) Dental administrative employment that does not include direct patient care, as may further be defined by the board.

(5) Retired.

(6) Other practice or employment status, as may be further defined by the board.

(c) Information collected pursuant to subdivision (b) shall be posted on the Internet Web site of the board.

(d) (1) A licensee may report, in his or her application for renewal, and the board shall collect, information regarding the licensee’s cultural background and foreign language proficiency.

(2) Information collected pursuant to this subdivision shall be aggregated on an annual basis, based on categories utilized by the board in the collection of the data, into both statewide totals and ZIP Code of primary practice or employment location totals.

(3) Aggregated information under this subdivision shall be compiled annually, and reported on the Internet Web site of the board on or before July 1 of each year.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 799, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 2013.)

1716.
  

Nothing contained in this chapter shall exempt from the payment of the renewal fee any person authorized to practice dentistry in the State of California, and every person practicing dentistry in this State shall pay the renewal fee irrespective of the time when he was licensed or first had the right to lawfully practice dentistry in this State or elsewhere.

(Amended by Stats. 1961, Ch. 364.)

1716.1.
  

(a) Notwithstanding Section 1716, the board may, by regulation, reduce the renewal fee for a licensee who has practiced dentistry for 20 years or more in this state, has reached the age of retirement under the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 301 et seq.), and customarily provides his or her services free of charge to any person, organization, or agency. In the event that charges are made, these charges shall be nominal. In no event shall the aggregate of these charges in any single calendar year be in an amount that would render the licensee ineligible for full social security benefits. The board shall not reduce the renewal fee under this section to an amount less than one-half of the regular renewal fee.

(b) Notwithstanding Section 1716, any licensee who demonstrates to the satisfaction of the board that he or she is unable to practice dentistry due to a disability, may request a waiver of 50 percent of the renewal fee. The granting of a waiver shall be at the discretion of the board, and the board may terminate the waiver at any time. A licensee to whom the board has granted a waiver pursuant to this subdivision shall not engage in the practice of dentistry unless and until the licensee pays the current renewal fee in full and establishes to the satisfaction of the board, on a form prescribed by the board and signed under penalty of perjury, that the licensee’s disability either no longer exists or no longer affects his or her ability to safely practice dentistry.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 728, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 2002.)

1717.
  

To renew an unexpired license, the licensee shall, before the time at which the license would otherwise expire, apply for renewal on a form prescribed by the board and pay the renewal fee prescribed by this chapter. The receipt of the executive officer shall be indispensable evidence that payment has been made.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 47, Sec. 12. Effective March 21, 1984.)

1718.
  

Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, an expired license may be renewed at any time within five years after its expiration on filing of application for renewal on a form prescribed by the board, and payment of all accrued renewal and delinquency fees. If the license is renewed more than 30 days after its expiration, the licensee, as a condition precedent to renewal, shall also pay the delinquency fee prescribed by this chapter. Renewal under this section shall be effective on the date on which the application is filed, on the date on which the renewal fee is paid, or on the date on which the delinquency fee, if any, is paid, whichever last occurs. If so renewed, the license shall continue in effect through the expiration date provided in Section 1715 which next occurs after the effective date of the renewal, when it shall expire if it is not again renewed.

(Amended by Stats. 1989, Ch. 607, Sec. 1.)

1718.1.
  

A suspended license is subject to expiration and shall be renewed as provided in this article, but such renewal does not entitle the licensee, while the license remains suspended and until it is reinstated, to engage in the licensed activity, or in any other activity or conduct in violation of the order or judgment by which the license was suspended.

(Added by Stats. 1961, Ch. 364.)

1718.2.
  

A revoked license is subject to expiration as provided in this article, but it may not be renewed. If it is reinstated after its expiration, the licensee, as a condition precedent to its reinstatement, shall pay a reinstatement fee in an amount equal to the renewal fee in effect on the last regular renewal date before the date on which it is reinstated, plus the delinquency fee, if any, accrued at the time of its revocation.

(Added by Stats. 1961, Ch. 364.)

1718.3.
  

(a) A license which is not renewed within five years after its expiration may not be renewed, restored, reinstated, or reissued thereafter, but the holder of the license may apply for and obtain a new license if the following requirements are satisfied:

(1) No fact, circumstance, or condition exists which would justify denial of licensure under Section 480.

(2) He or she pays all of the fees which would be required of him or her if he or she were then applying for the license for the first time and all renewal and delinquency fees which have accrued since the date on which he or she last renewed his or her license.

(3) He or she takes and passes the examination, if any, which would be required of him or her if he or she were then applying for the license for the first time, or otherwise establishes to the satisfaction of the board that with due regard for the public interest, he or she is qualified to practice the profession or activity in which he or she again seeks to be licensed.

(b) The board may impose conditions on any license issued pursuant to this section, as it deems necessary.

(c) The board may by regulation provide for the waiver or refund of all or any part of the examination fee in those cases in which a license is issued without an examination under this section.

(Amended by Stats. 1989, Ch. 607, Sec. 2.)

1719.
  

Upon collection by the proper officer of the court, 75 percent of the fines or forfeitures of bail in any case in which any person is charged with a violation of the provisions of this chapter shall be paid to the executive officer of the board and the balance, or 25 percent of the fines or forfeitures of bail, shall be paid to the county where the action is tried.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 47, Sec. 13. Effective March 21, 1984.)

1720.
  

The executive officer shall on or before the 10th day of each month pay to the State Treasury and report to the Controller all fines, penalties, and forfeitures received for violations of this chapter, together with all examination, renewal, and license fees received by him or her prior to the date of the report and payment.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 47, Sec. 14. Effective March 21, 1984.)

1721.
  

Except as provided in Sections 1721.5, 1944, and 1945, all funds received by the Treasurer under the authority of this chapter shall be placed in the State Dentistry Fund. Expenditure of those funds shall be subject to appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act. Subject to that appropriation, and except as provided in Sections 1721.5, 1944, and 1945, all disbursements by the board made in the transaction of its business and in the enforcement of this chapter shall be paid out of the fund upon claims against the state.

(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 31, Sec. 10. Effective January 1, 2009. Operative July 1, 2009, by Sec. 55 of Ch. 31.)

1721.5.
  

(a) All funds received by the Treasurer pursuant to Section 1725 shall be placed in the State Dental Assistant Fund for the purposes of administering this chapter as it relates to dental assistants, registered dental assistants, registered dental assistants in extended functions, dental sedation assistant permitholders, and orthodontic assistant permitholders. Expenditure of these funds shall be subject to appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act.

(b) On July 1, 2009, all moneys in the State Dental Auxiliary Fund, other than the moneys described in Section 1945, shall be transferred to the State Dental Assistant Fund. The board’s authority to expend those funds, as appropriated in the 2008 Budget Act, shall continue in order to carry out the provisions of this chapter as they related to dental assistants licensed under this chapter for the 2008–09 fiscal year, including the payment of any encumbrances related to dental assistants licensed under this chapter incurred by the State Dental Auxiliary Fund.

(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 499, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2009.)

1722.
  

The amount of seven hundred dollars ($700) of the fund shall constitute a revolving fund and may be drawn upon the warrant of the president and secretary of the board without being audited in the usual manner, in cases of emergency or where cash advances are necessary. However, after the sum of seven hundred dollars ($700) has been so expended, no further warrant shall be drawn on the revolving fund until expenditures previously made from it shall be substantiated by vouchers and itemized statements and audited. All expenditures from the revolving fund shall, at the end of each fiscal year, or at any other time when demand therefor is made by the Director of Finance or by the State Controller, be so substantiated and audited unless previously done.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 320, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1997.)

1723.
  

All fines, penalties, and forfeitures, including the examination fee, imposed or collected by the board under any provision of this chapter shall be paid to the executive officer.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 47, Sec. 15. Effective March 21, 1984.)

1724.
  

The amount of charges and fees for dentists licensed pursuant to this chapter shall be established by the board as is necessary for the purpose of carrying out the responsibilities required by this chapter as it relates to dentists, subject to the following limitations:

(a) The fee for an application for licensure qualifying pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (c) of Section 1632 shall not exceed one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500). The fee for an application for licensure qualifying pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (c) of Section 1632 shall not exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000).

(b) The fee for an application for licensure qualifying pursuant to Section 1634.1 shall not exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000).

(c) The fee for an application for licensure qualifying pursuant to Section 1635.5 shall not exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000).

(d) The fee for an initial license and for the renewal of a license is five hundred twenty-five dollars ($525). On and after January 1, 2016, the fee for an initial license shall not exceed six hundred fifty dollars ($650), and the fee for the renewal of a license shall not exceed six hundred fifty dollars ($650). On and after January 1, 2018, the fee for an initial license shall not exceed eight hundred dollars ($800), and the fee for the renewal of a license shall not exceed eight hundred dollars ($800).

(e) The fee for an application for a special permit shall not exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), and the renewal fee for a special permit shall not exceed six hundred dollars ($600).

(f) The delinquency fee shall be 50 percent of the renewal fee for such a license or permit in effect on the date of the renewal of the license or permit.

(g) The penalty for late registration of change of place of practice shall not exceed seventy-five dollars ($75).

(h) The fee for an application for an additional office permit shall not exceed seven hundred fifty dollars ($750), and the fee for the renewal of an additional office permit shall not exceed three hundred seventy-five dollars ($375).

(i) The fee for issuance of a replacement pocket license, replacement wall certificate, or replacement engraved certificate shall not exceed one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125).

(j) The fee for a provider of continuing education shall not exceed five hundred dollars ($500) per year.

(k) The fee for application for a referral service permit and for renewal of that permit shall not exceed twenty-five dollars ($25).

(l) The fee for application for an extramural facility permit and for the renewal of a permit shall not exceed twenty-five dollars ($25).

(m) The fee for an application for an elective facial cosmetic surgery permit shall not exceed four thousand dollars ($4,000), and the fee for the renewal of an elective facial cosmetic surgery permit shall not exceed eight hundred dollars ($800).

(n) The fee for an application for an oral and maxillofacial surgery permit shall not exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), and the fee for the renewal of an oral and maxillofacial surgery permit shall not exceed one thousand two hundred dollars ($1,200).

(o) The fee for an application for a general anesthesia permit shall not exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), and the fee for the renewal of a general anesthesia permit shall not exceed six hundred dollars ($600).

(p) The fee for an onsite inspection and evaluation related to a general anesthesia or conscious sedation permit shall not exceed four thousand five hundred dollars ($4,500).

(q) The fee for an application for a conscious sedation permit shall not exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), and the fee for the renewal of a conscious sedation permit shall not exceed six hundred dollars ($600).

(r) The fee for an application for an oral conscious sedation permit shall not exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), and the fee for the renewal of an oral conscious sedation permit shall not exceed six hundred dollars ($600).

(s) The fee for a certification of licensure shall not exceed one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125).

(t) The fee for an application for the law and ethics examination shall not exceed two hundred fifty dollars ($250).

The board shall report to the appropriate fiscal committees of each house of the Legislature whenever the board increases any fee pursuant to this section and shall specify the rationale and justification for that increase.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 510, Sec. 13. Effective January 1, 2016.)

1724.5.
  

The amount of fees payable in connection with permits issued under Section 1701.5 is as follows:

(a) The initial permit fee is an amount equal to the renewal fee for the applicant’s license to practice dentistry in effect on the last regular renewal date before the date on which the permit is issued, except that, if the permit will expire less than one year after its issuance, then the initial permit fee is an amount equal to 50 percent of the renewal fee in effect on the last regular renewal date before the date on which the permit is issued.

(b) The renewal and delinquency fees shall be fixed by the board at not more than the then current amount of the renewal fee for a license to practice dentistry nor less than five dollars ($5).

(Amended by Stats. 1990, Ch. 515, Sec. 2.)

1725.
  

The amount of the fees prescribed by this chapter that relate to the licensing and permitting of dental assistants shall be established by regulation and subject to the following limitations:

(a) The application fee for an original license shall not exceed two hundred dollars ($200).

(b) The fee for examination for licensure as a registered dental assistant shall not exceed the actual cost of the practical examination.

(c) The fee for application and for the issuance of an orthodontic assistant permit or a dental sedation assistant permit shall not exceed two hundred dollars ($200).

(d) The fee for the written examination for an orthodontic assistant permit or a dental sedation assistant permit shall not exceed the actual cost of the examination.

(e) The fee for the written examination for a registered dental assistant shall not exceed the actual cost of the examination.

(f) The fee for the written examination in law and ethics for a registered dental assistant shall not exceed the actual cost of the examination.

(g) The fee for examination for licensure as a registered dental assistant in extended functions shall not exceed the actual cost of the examination.

(h) The fee for examination for licensure as a registered dental hygienist shall not exceed the actual cost of the examination.

(i) For third- and fourth-year dental students, the fee for examination for licensure as a registered dental hygienist shall not exceed the actual cost of the examination.

(j) The fee for examination for licensure as a registered dental hygienist in extended functions shall not exceed the actual cost of the examination.

(k) The board shall establish the fee at an amount not to exceed the actual cost for licensure as a registered dental hygienist in alternative practice.

(l) The biennial renewal fee for a registered dental assistant license, registered dental assistant in extended functions license, dental sedation assistant permit, or orthodontic assistant permit shall not exceed two hundred dollars ($200).

(m) The delinquency fee shall be 50 percent of the renewal fee for the license or permit in effect on the date of the renewal of the license or permit.

(n) The fee for issuance of a duplicate registration, license, permit, or certificate to replace one that is lost or destroyed, or in the event of a name change, shall not exceed one hundred dollars ($100).

(o) The fee for each curriculum review and site evaluation for educational programs for registered dental assistants that are not accredited by a board-approved agency, or the Chancellor’s office of the California Community Colleges shall not exceed seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500).

(p) The fee for review of each approval application or reevaluation for a course that is not accredited by a board-approved agency or the Chancellor’s office of the California Community Colleges shall not exceed two thousand dollars ($2,000).

(q) Fees collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the State Dental Assistant Fund.

(Amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 510, Sec. 14. Effective January 1, 2016.)

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