Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary

Important Renewal Information- All renewals must be completed online, there is no longer a paper renewal option. 

NEW:  There is a helpdesk set up for EFDAs having trouble registering/renewing on the new eLicense portal www.elicense.ohio.gov

Toll free: 855-405-5514
Local: 614-728-4077


The new system launched on August 22, 2016, all applications and renewals will need to be completed online.  The Board no longer accepts paper applications or paper checks since the new elicensing system is active.

The Board has made every effort to include the information you need to apply for Expanded Function Dental Auxiliary (EFDA) on this website. If you have questions or concerns about the licensure process, contact us at licensing@den.ohio.gov or call 614-466-2580 and speak with our licensing coordinator

Please provide the necessary information/documentation required for processing your license application.  You will be notified if any information/documentation is missing or not accepted.  Please allow up to 20 calendar days to process a complete application. 


Registration Requirements: Ohio Revised Code 4715-11-04.1

Before You Start: Make sure you have the following items or the application will not allow you to advance. All applications must be complete before submission.


An EFDA applicant must be one of the following to apply:

I. An unlicensed dentist who has graduated from an accredited dental college, and does not have a dental license under suspension or revocation by the board;

II. A dental student who is enrolled in an accredited dental college;

III. A graduate of an unaccredited dental college located outside the United States;

IV. A dental assistant who is certified by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) or the Ohio Commission on Dental Assistant Certification (CODA);

V. An Ohio-licensed dental hygienist whose license is in good standing; or

VI. A dental hygienist who has graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program, and does not have a dental hygiene license under suspension or revocation by the board.

eLicense Ohio Portal- Apply Online
Fee: $25.00 / Renewal: $25.00

Mailing / Public Address: The address should be the same for both and should be your home address. Only the city and state show up on the public look-up. 
Employment History 
Education History - Type "Other" to enter education institutions that are not found. 
Background Questions 
Required Uploads: 
Identification Photo: Must be in color, forward-facing, shoulders and above
Hepatitis B Immunity: 
            I. Vaccination record showing full dates of all three (3) hepatitis B shots, OR
            II. Blood titer test results. Acceptable results are: reactive; positive; or >10, OR
            III. Proof that the first and second shots were administered (full dates of both), and the

third shot (full date) scheduled on a doctor's letterhead, or script pad, or appointment reminder card, OR

            IV. Hepatitis B Waiver Form

Current CPR Certification 
            I. American Red Cross (ARC), or 
            II. The American Heart Association (AHA), or 
            III. The American safety and Health Institute (ASHI)


EFDA Education or Training
EFDA education or training – evidenced by documentation from one of the following:

I. Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Associations of College and School, OR
II. The Commission on Dental Accreditation, OR

             III. Dental Student – Proof of current enrollment at an accredited dental college, and is considered by

the dean of the college to have completed sufficient clinical training, and is in good standing as a dental student, OR

IV. Graduate of an unaccredited dental college located outside the United States – Proof of

completing sufficient clinical training at an accredited dental college as evidenced by a letter signed by the dean of the college. 

Proof of Passing Ohio EFDA Exam

I. Passing letter from the Commission on Dental Testing in Ohio (CODT) www.codtinohio.org, OR
II. Scores from the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) www.cdcaexams.org or by phone at 301-563-3300


Valid Credit Card (MasterCard or Visa)


Permissible Practices

Permissible Practices for EFDA Ohio Revised Code 4715-11-04.4

     Practice when the dentist is not physically present – Requirements – Ohio Administrative Code: 4715-11-04.4 ​