Hawaii Dental Hygienists' Association 

Licensure Information


Hawaii is a member state of the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS). At least once a year, CRDTS personnel  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 passing the National Board dental hygiene exam. For information on the licensure exam, go 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 E-mail: dental@dcca.hawaii.gov 

Internet: www.hawaii.gov/dcca/pvl

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 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 download an application for certification in the administration of intra-oral block anesthesia, go HERE

To view The Current Hawaii Administrative Rules Go Here

To download an application for dental hygiene licensure, go HERE

Licensees are required to have 20 hours of CE every biennium, including CPR. Hawaii Law requires that the original or a copy of the dental hygiene license be prominently displayed in the workplace.