Any use of the title "Dental Hygienist" within New York State requires licensure.
To be licensed as a dental hygienist in New York State you must:
- be of good moral character;
- be at least 17 years of age for dental hygiene licensure by examination; be at least 21 years of age for licensure by endorsement of another state's license;
- meet education and examination requirements; and
- have satisfactorily practiced for at least two years for licensure by endorsement.
You must file an application for licensure and the other forms indicated along with the appropriate fee, to the Office of the Professions at the address specified on each form. It is your responsibility to follow up with anyone you have asked to send us material.
You should also read the general licensing information applicable for all professions.