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Academic Licence

To apply for a general certificate of registration (licence), use our online applicant portal to fill out your application, upload documents, pay the required fees and submit it to the College

Your application form is only valid for three months once it is submitted.

Complete instructions, including lists of required supporting documentation, are provided as part of the online application process. Review the information on our website to understand the application process, our requirements and your responsibilities as an applicant.

Required Fees

Applicant fees include a non-refundable application fee, and the current annual licence fee. Payment must be received before the College can issue your licence.

Date of application

Application Fee

Annual licence Fee

Total Fee

On or after January 1




On or after June 1




On or after September 1




*All fees must be made in Canadian dollars.

You can make your payment by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex) or certified cheque made payable to The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. All certified cheques must be issued by a Canadian bank or be a Canadian Money Order.

Applicant requirements

  1. You must have a university degree in dentistry that proves the successful completion of an education in dental studies of at least four years.

  2. You must hold a full-time professional appointment at a faculty/school of dentistry at an Ontario university. Provide a letter from the Dean of the faculty/school of dentistry that verifies your appointment and start date (if applicable, an end date).

  3. You demonstrate the ability to speak and write English or French with reasonable fluency.

  4. You have successfully completed RCDSO’s Jurisprudence and Ethics course. Click here to find out how to take this exam. If you have previously taken the course, the results are valid for a three-year period from the date of completion.

  5. You are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act to work in a health profession in Canada.

  6. If you are or were licensed as a dentist and practised dentistry in another jurisdiction in Canada or in another country, you are not or have not been disciplined, suspended, had your licence revoked or the subject of a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity.

  7. Your full name on your application must match the name on your dental program degree. If not, provide certified copy of name change with application.

  8. You have not been charged and/or convicted of a criminal offense in any Canadian or international jurisdiction.

Limitations of Academic Licence

  • An academic licence only permits the practice of dentistry in:
    • a faculty/school of dentistry or;
    • a hospital/facility formally associated with that dental faculty/school.
  • Private practice of dentistry is prohibited. Dentists with an academic licence may not charge fees for services within the scope of practice of dentistry. This does not affect the ability of the faculty/school of dentistry or hospital or facility formally associated with that faculty/school to charge fees for dental services.


Read the Applicant FAQs.

All information is subject to change. Applications will be governed by the regulations, and College by-laws and policies in place at the time of submission. If there is any discrepancy information, the requirements stated in regulations shall prevail.

Source: The Regulated Health Professions Acts, 1991; Dentistry Act, 1991, Regulation 205/94: General