Title 5
Businesses and Professions

Chapter 31.1
Dentists and Dental Hygienists

R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-31.1-21

§ 5-31.1-21. Biennial registration.

(a) Effective beginning in the calendar year 2006, on or before the first day of May in each even-numbered year, the board shall mail an application for biennial registration to every person to whom a license to practice dentistry, dental hygiene, or DAANCE-certified maxillofacial surgery assisting in this state has been granted by the constituted licensing authority in the state. Every licensed person who intends to engage in the practice of his or her profession during the ensuing two (2) years shall register his or her license by filing with the board that application, executed together with any registration form and fee that is established by regulation by the director, on or before the first day of June in each even-numbered year. Upon receipt of that application and fee, the board shall issue a registration certificate, effective July 1 and expiring two (2) years following June 30, and that registration certificate shall render its holder a registered practitioner of dentistry or dental hygiene for that registration period.

(b) The registration certificate of all dentists, dental hygienists, or DAANCE-certified maxillofacial surgery assistants whose renewals, accompanied by the prescribed fee, are not filed on or before the first day of July automatically expire. The board may, in its discretion and upon the payment by the dentist, dental hygienist, or DAANCE-certified maxillofacial surgery assistant of the current registration fee, plus an additional fee as set forth in § 23-1-54, reinstate any certificate expired under the provisions of this section. All unexpended monies in the account of the board of dentistry are transferred to the new board of dentistry as created by this chapter as of June 2, 1988.

(c) Dentists, dental hygienists, and DAANCE-certified maxillofacial surgery assistants not intending to practice in this state may request, on a biennial basis, to be placed on inactive status. Those requests must be made, in writing, to the dental administrator and must be accompanied by fees as set forth in § 23-1-54. Persons on inactive status may be reinstated by paying the current, annual-registration fee and must meet any requirements established by this chapter and as are further prescribed by the rules and regulations.

History of Section.
P.L. 1987, ch. 358, § 2; P.L. 1988, ch. 169, § 1; P.L. 1993, ch. 310, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 77, art. 14, § 6; P.L. 2005, ch. 219, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 232, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 73, art. 39, § 5; P.L. 2012, ch. 241, art. 9, § 5; P.L. 2014, ch. 95, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 163, § 1.