Hawaii Dental Hygiene Licensure Information:
Hawaii has become a member state of the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS). At least once a year, CRDTS personnel will administer a national dental hygiene exam in Hawaii.
The applicant registers directly with CRDTS, www.crdts.org to take the exam. Upon passing the exam, the applicant files an application for licensure and submits documentation of meeting the requirements, including documentation on passing the dental hygiene exam.
For updated information on the licensure exam, go HERE and HERE
Questions about licensure should be directed to:
James Kobashigawa, Executive Officer
Board of Dental Examiners
Professional and Vocational Licensing Division
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, Hawaii 96801
Telephone: (808) 586-2702
Certification in the administration of intra-oral infiltration and block local anesthesia is prerequisite to making application for Hawaii dental hygiene licensure. HDHA sponsors certification courses (see “Education” page on this website), but applicants are not restricted to only taking a certification course in Hawaii. However, it is strongly recommended that a certification course not given in Hawaii be submitted to the regulatory agency, the Hawaii Board of Dental Examiners, for prior approval. Applicants are advised to have a clear understanding of the stringent and specific criteria regarding the number of hours, number of injections, and specific type of injections required by Hawaii law and rules.
To view the Hawaii Revised Statutes regarding intra-oral local anesthesia, go HERE Go to page 4 in the Adobe PDF document.
To download an application for certification in the administration of intra-oral block anesthesia, go HERE
To view the Hawaii Administrative Rules regarding intra-oral local anesthesia, go HERE Go to pages 79-19 to 79-22 in the Adobe PDF document.
To download an application for dental hygiene licensure, go HERE
Licensees are required to have 20 hours of CE every biennium, including CPR.
NOTE: HAWAII LAW NOW REQUIRES THAT THE ORIGINAL OR COPY OF THE DENTAL HYGIENE LICENSE BE PROMINENTLY DISPLAYED IN THE WORKPLACE. IF YOU ARE LICENSED BY THE STATE OF HAWAII AS A DENTAL HYGIENE PROFESSIONAL AND NEED TO OBTAIN THE LICENSURE CERTIFICATE, CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, PROFESSIONAL AND VOCATIONAL LICENSING. FOR CONTACT INFORMATION GO HERE