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Short Duration Licence

To apply for a short-duration certificate of registration (licence) you must submit a completed and notarized application form. Apply online here.

Your application form is only valid for three months once it is signed and notarized.

Complete instructions, including lists of required supporting documentation, can be found at the end of the online application form.  

Required Fees

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

Application Fee

Registration Fee

Total Fee

$150

$500

$650

*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 have a university degree in dentistry that proves the successful completion of an education in dental studies of at least four years.
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  3. You are registered to take a course sponsored by a faculty/school of dentistry at an Ontario university, public hospital, or organization approved by RCDSO to sponsor courses.
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  5. You are licenced to practise dentistry independently and without restrictions/conditions in Canada or the United States of America.
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  7. You must provide the College with a written undertaking from an RCDSO registered dentist that holds a general, academic or speciality licence. In the undertaking, the RCDSO registered dentist agrees to provide any necessary patient follow-up care required from treatment you provided throughout the dental course.
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  9. If you were licensed as a dentist and practised dentistry in another jurisdiction in Canada or in another country, you are not currently or have not been disciplined, suspended, had your licence revoked or the subject of a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity.
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  11. 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.
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  13. You have not been charged and/or convicted of a criminal offense in any Canadian or international jurisdiction.
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Limitations of Post-Speciality Training Licence

  • You may practice dentistry only as required for the course for which the licence was issued.
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  • You can practice dentistry only under the direct supervision of an RCDSO registered dentist that holds a general, speciality, or instructional licence.
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  • The licence is may only be issued for courses that are 14 days or less.
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  • The licence will expire when the course for which it was issued ends. The specific expiry date on the licence shall be the day after the course is scheduled to end.
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  • You may not charge a fee for any acts performed within the practice of dentistry.
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Questions?

Read the Applicant FAQs.
registration@rcdso.org
416-961-6555
1-800-565-4591


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