Board Information

Welcome to the Montana Board of Dentistry

The Board of Dentistry makes every effort to include on this website all relevant information pertaining to the licensing and regulation of dentists, dental hygienists, and denturists in Montana.

Please choose from the board information topics to the left.

For additional assistance and specific staff contact information please see the "Contact Information" link to the left.

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ADVISORIES:

Helpful Hints:

An Important Message About the Application Process: The primary communication method for the Division is email. Make sure your email address is current in the database. Also keep your preferred mailing address current. You can update your email and mailing address by clicking on the "Change Address" link under  "Quick Links" on this Board of Dentistry website.

For general questions, please feel free to contact the Board office at dlibsdden@mt.gov

Any application requiring review by the Board of Dentistry must be complete (all documents and required information received by the Board office) no later than 15 working days prior to the Board’s next meeting date. Please click on the "Board Events" link on the left to see upcoming meeting dates or check the  meeting dates in the right hand column on this webpage under "Board Events" and plan accordingly. Please contact the application unit for questions specific to the application process at unitb@mt.gov or 406-444-5711.

Thank you.

Questions? Please click on the “Contact Information" link on the left side of the webpage and select the appropriate unit for contact information.

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At the full board meeting on September 23, 2016, The Board of Dentistry motioned to accept the Administrative Suspension Policy: You are cautioned to notify the board office of your current contact information or risk having correspondence not delivered to you and your license administratively suspended without further notice or hearing. More information may be found on the FAQ link.

Contact Information

For information on filing a complaint against a licensee contact:
Rita Reichert, Compliance Specialist
Phone: (406) 841-2319
Email:

For information on continuing education:
Phone: (406) 444-5696
Email:

For information on renewals, license verification's, and name changes contact:
Phone: (406) 444-6880
Email:

For information on applications and licensing contact:
Phone: (406) 444-5711
Email:

Board Management, Executive Officer, Dennis Clark
Phone: 406-841-2390
Email:

Board Events

Board meetings are usually held several times a year. 
Meeting minutes are posted within 3 days of board approval.

In general, Board meetings are open to the public. 
There are certain meetings or parts (Screening Panel and Executive Session), which are closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings

Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation.
Members serve 5 year terms with no limit on the number of terms a member may serve.

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at dlibsdden@mt.gov. In your message please specify which board member you would like to contact. For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at http://boards.mt.gov/.

George Johnston D.D.S., President, Dentist
Aimee Ameline D.D.S., Vice President, Dentist
Jim Corson, Secretary, Public member
Jennifer Porter, R.D.H., Dental Hygienist
Cliff Christenot LD, Denturist
Dale Chamberlain D.D.S., Dentist
Diane Klemann, R.D.H., Dental Hygienist
Kevin Miltko, D.D.S., Dentist
Cherry Loney, Public Member

  David Johnson, D.D.S., Dentist 

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Dentist

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application, which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

A. Application Fee:

Examination Application Fees
Application Fee $100.00
Jurisprudence Exam $ 85.00
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Credentialing Application Fees
Application Fee $100.00
Credentialing $500.00
Jurisprudence Exam $ 85.00
Separate fee to PBIS, see application
Volunteer Application Fee
Application Fee $5.00

Restricted Non Resident Volunteer Application Fee

Application fee $10.00

B. Education Requirements:
Graduation from an accredited CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation) approved dental school.

C. Experience Requirements:
No experience necessary for licensure by examination.
Minimum of 5 years active practice with not less than 3,000 hours of clinical direct patient care for licensure by credentialing.

D. Examination Information:
Passage of National Board Part I and Part II (now combined)
Passage of a Board approved clinical examination. The board reviews all credentialing applications to determine licensure.

Passage of the Montana Jurisprudence Examination.

E.Renewal Period: Jan. 1 - March 1
Late Renew Online for 45 days until April 15

F.Fees: Active and Late: $306

G. Continuing Education Requirements:
60 credit hours every 3 years, as defined by statute and rule.

H. Other Special License Requirements:
Unopened National Practitioner’s Bank Self-Query forwarded to the board office.
Current CPR/ACLS/PALS for active license.
Separate application to PBIS (Professional Background Information Services) required for credentialing applicants only. PBIS will handle a majority of the required documentation for credentialing applicants. (See additional information in the application).
License verification from all state(s) or jurisdictions that the licensee has held or holds a license. (Non-credentialing applicants if applicable)

Dental Hygiene

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application, which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

A. Application Fee:

Examination Application Fees
Application Fee $100.00
Jurisprudence Exam $ 85.00
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Credentialing Application Fees
Application Fee $100.00

Credentialing $75.00

Jurisprudence Exam $ 85.00
Volunteer Application Fee
Application Fee $5.00

Restricted Non Resident Volunteer Application Fee

Application fee $10.00

 

B. Education Requirements:
Graduation from an accredited CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation) approved dental hygiene school.

C. Experience Requirements:
No experience necessary for licensure by examination.
Proof that the applicant has practiced dental hygiene for a minimum of 1000 hours in the two years prior to application for licensure by credentialing.

D. Examination Information:
Passage of National Board Part I and Part II
Passage of a Board approved clinical examination.

Passage of the Montana Jurisprudence Examination.

E. Renewal Period: Jan. 1 - March 1
Late Renew Online for 45 days until April 15

F. Fees: Active and Late: $140

G. Continuing Education Requirements:
36 credit hours every 3 years, as defined by statute and rule.

H. Other Special License Requirements:
National Practitioner’s Bank Self-Query (unopened, forwarded to the application unit).
Current CPR or ACLS or PALS certification for active license.

License verification from all state(s) or jurisdictions that the licensee has held or holds a license.

Denturist

The following outlines general licensing information. For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application, which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

A. Application Fees: $100.00 / Jurisprudence Exam $ 85.00

B. Education Requirements:
Documentation that the applicant has completed formal training of not less than 2 years at an educational institution accredited by a national or regional accrediting agency recognized by the Montana State Board of Regents, the curriculum of which includes courses in head and oral anatomy and physiology, oral pathology, microbiology, partial denture construction and design, clinical dental technology, radiology, dental laboratory technology, asepsis, clinical jurisprudence, and medical emergencies, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

C. Experience Requirements:
Documentation that the applicant has completed 1 year of internship under the direct supervision of a licensed denturist; or has 3 years of experience as a denturist under licensure in another state or Canada.

D. Examination Information:
Passage of a Board approved oral, practical and written examination. Passage of the Montana Jurisprudence Examination.

E. Renewal Period: Jan. 1 - March 1
Late Renew Online for 45 days until April 15

F.  Fees: Active and Late: $200

G. Continuing Education Requirements:
36 credit hours every 3 years, as defined by statute and rule.

H. Other Special License Requirements:
Current CPR/ACLS/PALS for active license.
License verification from all state(s) or jurisdictions that the licensee has held or holds a license.

Dental Assistant

The State of Montana does not require licensure for Dental Assistants. The Montana Board of Dentistry Administrative Rule 24.138.406    FUNCTIONS FOR DENTAL AUXILIARIES addresses permitted and not permitted functions for dental auxiliaries along with radiology requirements . It is the responsibility of the supervising dentist to ensure the dental assistant is qualified.  Dental Assistants are required to meet the requirements in board rule to expose radiographs in Montana.  If they do not meet the education/training requirements they must pass the DANB RHS written exam. The examination is administered by Dental Assisting National Board (DANB). Contact: DANB at 1-800-FOR-DANB for a radiograph exam application.

Exam Information

A Board approved clinical examination must be successfully passed. For licensure by examination, exams are valid for five years.

The Board accepts the following clinical examinations:
IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are taking the ADEX Dental  Exam offered by one of the following testing agencies, please note that the ADEX Exam has been approved by the board, however; the board has determined you must take all sections of the ADEX Exam or any exam offered by the following testing agencies.

CITA - Council of Interstate Testing Agencies
(919) 460-7750 www.citaexam.com

CRDTS - Central Regional  Dental Testing Service
(785) 273-0380 www.crdts.org

CDCA – THE COMMISSION ON DENTAL COMPETENCY ASSESSMENTS (FORMALLY NERB - NORTH EAST REGIONAL BOARD OF DENTAL EXAMINERS, INC) (301) 563-3300 www.cdcaexams.org (www.nerb.org)

SRTA - Southern Regional Testing Agency Inc
(757) 318-9084 www.srta.org

WREB - Western Regional Examing Board
(602) 944-3315 www.wreb.org

Application for clinical examination must be filed directly with the testing entity at the
above address. The testing entity establishes the dates and testing sites. The clinical
examination must be passed prior to making an application for licensure by examination
in the State of Montana. Exam results are valid for five years from the date of application for exam applicants.

The above testing entities are not licensing agencies

The Board also accepts clinical exams given by the following States:
California Delaware Florida Nevada
Please contact the State directly for exam results or information

Dental Hygiene License:

Clinical Exam Information:
A Board approved clinical examination must be successfully passed. For licensure by Examination, exams are valid for five years.

The Board accepts the following clinical examinations:
IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are taking the ADEX Dental Hygiene Exam offered by one of the following testing agencies, please note that the ADEX Exam has been approved by the board, however; the board has determined you must take all sections of the ADEX Exam or any exam offered by the following testing agencies.

CITA - Council of Interstate Testing Agencies
(919) 460-7750 www.citaexam.com

CRDTS - Central Regional  Dental Testing Service
(785) 273-0380 www.crdts.org

CDCA – THE COMMISSION ON DENTAL COMPETENCY ASSESSMENTS (FORMALLY NERB - NORTH EAST REGIONAL BOARD OF DENTAL EXAMINERS, INC) (301) 563-3300 www.cdcaexams.org (www.nerb.org)

SRTA - Southern Regional Testing Agency Inc
(757) 318-9084 www.srta.org

WREB - Western Regional Examing Board
(602) 944-3315 www.wreb.org

Application for clinical examination must be filed directly with the testing entity at the
above address. The testing entity establishes the dates and testing sites. The clinical
examination must be passed prior to making an application for licensure by examination
in the State of Montana. Exam results are valid for five years.

The above testing entities are not licensing agencies

The Board also accepts clinical exams given by the following States:
California, Nevada

Please contact the State directly for exam results or information

Dental Assistants

Dental Assistants are not licensed in Montana; however they must meet certain requirements to expose radiographs. Please refer to 24.138.406    FUNCTIONS FOR DENTAL AUXILIARIES for allowable functions and radiographic requirements.The approved written radiographic examination is administered by the Dental Assisting National Board. Contact DANB at 1-800-367-3262, http://www.danb.org/  for a radiograph (Radiation, Health and Safety, RHS) exam application.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

Statute/Rule Information

All of the Statutes and Rules listed here are applicable to this board.

Statutes are laws passed by the Legislature. All changes in statutes must go through the legislative process and be passed into law before they become effective. Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995. All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Administrative Rules pertaining to dentistry practice are written and adopted by the Board of Dentistry. The Board writes rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority. Rules can be changed by going through the rule-making procedure. They do not go through the Legislative process. The Board of Dentistry continuously reviews rules to determine needed changes.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State. There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version. In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this web site. A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State, by calling (406) 444-2055. A web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana.

Administrative Rules

Statutes

Rules Notices

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-138-73

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.138.3227 pertaining to onsite inspection of facilities

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-307

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.402 definitions and 24.101.403 administrative fees, and the repeal of 24.101.401 purpose, 24.101.407 licensing, and 24.101.414 renewal notification

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-138-71

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.138.406 dental auxiliaries functions, 24.138.505 dentist licensure by credentials, 24.138.507 dentist licensure by credentials for specialists, 24.138.509 dental hygiene limited access permit, 24.138.512 denturist intern, 24.138.514 converting inactive license to active, 24.138.525 reactivation of an expired license, 24.138.540 military training or experience, 24.138.2101, 24.138.2102, 24.138.2104, 24.138.2105, and 24.138.2106 continuing education, 24.138.2402 screening panel, 24.138.3229 continuing education in anesthesia, and the repeal of ARM 24.138.401 introduction

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-138-70

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.138.402 fee schedule

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted December 30, 2014

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted November 6, 2014

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-138-69

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.138.402 fee schedule, 24.138.403 mandatory certification, 24.138.406 dental auxiliary functions, 24.138.425 limited access permits, 24.138.502 dentist licensure by exam, 24.138.503 dental hygienist licensure by exam, 24.138.506 dental hygienist licensure by credentials, 24.138.2101 continuing education definition, 24.138.2104 continuing education requirements, and the adoption of NEW RULE I military training or experience, II dental hygienist committee, and III denturist committee

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-259

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I registration for out-of-state volunteer professionals

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted November 7, 2011

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted January 27, 2012

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-138-68

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.138.509 dental hygiene limited access permit, 24.138.2719 medical assistance program relapse, amendment and transfer of 24.138.3201 through 24.138.3209 regarding dentist administration of anesthesia, and the adoption of NEW RULES I through III anesthesia definitions, committee, and permits

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-138-67

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.138.402 fee schedule, 24.138.406 dental auxiliaries, 24.138.2104 requirements and restrictions, 24.138.3207 continuing education, and the adoption of NEW RULES I through III pertaining to restricted volunteer licensure

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-138-66

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.138.508 dental anesthetic certification, 24.138.509 dental permits, and 24.138.2106 exemptions - continuing education

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT
posted July 10, 2009

NOTICE OF EXTENSTION
posted November 5, 2009

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
posted February 5, 2010

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-101-203

In the matter of the adoption of NEW RULE I pertaining to licensee lookup database

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED ADOPTION
posted January 23, 2009

NOTICE OF ADOPTION
posted July 10, 2009

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-138-65

In the matter of the proposed amendment of ARM 24.138.502, 24.138.503, 24.138.505, 24.138.506, 24.138.507, 24.138.509, 24.138.511, and 24.138.530 pertaining to licensure

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-138-64

In the matter of the proposed amendment of ARM 24.138.407 functions for dental hygienists, 24.138.3102 specialty advertising, and the adoption of NEW RULE I hygiene diagnosis and treatment planning

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-138-63

In the matter of the proposed amendment of ARM 24.138.403 mandatory certification, 24.138.502 initial licensure of dentists by examination, 24.138.503 initial licensure of hygienists by examination, 24.138.505 dentist licensure by credentials, 24.138.506 dental hygienist licensure by credentials, 24.138.507 dentist licensure by credentials for specialists, 24.138.508 dental hygiene local anesthetic agent certification, 24.138.511 denturist application requirements, 24.138.514 application to convert an inactive status license to an active status license, 24.138.518 renewals, 24.138.525 reactivation of an expired license, 24.138.530 licensure of retired or nonpracticing dentist or dental hygienist for volunteer service, and repeal of 24.138.524 reactivation of a lapsed license

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-138-62

In the matter of the proposed amendment of ARM 24.138.301 definitions, 24.138.402, 24.138.403, and 24.138.406 general provisions, 24.138.502, 24.138.503, 24.138.506 through 24.138.512, 24.138. 514, 24.138.515, 24.138.519, and 24.138.530 licensing, 24.138.2101 and 24.138.2105 renewals and continuing education, 24.138.2302 unprofessional conduct, 24.138.2402 screening panel, 24.138.3202 and 24.138.3206 anesthesia rules, proposed adoption of NEW RULES I – IX professional assistance program, NEW RULE X reactivation of a lapsed license, NEW RULE XI reactivation of an expired license, NEW RULE XII definition of nonroutine application, NEW RULE XIII fee abatement, and proposed repeal of 24.138.516)reinstatement of license for nonpayment of renewal fee, 24.138.517 denturist license reinstatement, and 24.138.2401 complaint procedure

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-138-61

In the matter of the proposed amendment of ARM 24.138.301 definitions, ARM 24.138.502 initial licensure of dentists by examination, ARM 24.138.503 initial licensure of dental hygienists by examination, ARM 24.138.505 dentist licensure by credentials, ARM 24.138.506 dental hygienist licensure by credentials, ARM 24.138.510 denturist examination, ARM 24.138.511 denturist application requirements, ARM 24.138.2101 definition of continuing education, ARM 24.138.2104 requirements and restrictions, and ARM 24.138.3207 requirements for continuing education in anesthesia

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 24-138-60

In the matter of the proposed amendment of ARM 24.138.301, definitions,24.138.402, fee schedule, 24.138.508, dental hygiene local anesthetic agent certification, 24.138.514, application to convert an inactive status license to an active status license, 24.138.519, grounds for denial of a license, and the adoption of NEW RULES I-VI regarding dentist licensure by credentials for specialists, reinstatement of a license for non-payment of renewal fee, and licensure of retired or nonpracticing dentist or dental hygienist for volunteer service

MONTANA ADMINISTRATIVE REGISTER (MAR) 8-16-59

In the matter of the proposed amendment and transfer and repeal of existing rules and the proposed adoption of new rules I through IV, all pertaining to dentistry, dental hygiene and denturitry

Complaint Information

The mission of the Board of Dentistry 

 

In order to meet its mission, the Board is charged with taking appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. You can learn more about the complaint process or file a complaint below.

For a complaint form, click here.

For a brochure on the complaint process, click here.

(Both also are found in the "Forms" tab among "General Forms.")

Additional information can be found under the “FAQ” tab.

Complaint Contact

Rita Reichert, Compliance Specialist
Telephone: (406) 841-2319
E-mail: dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov

 

 

 

How to File a Complaint

The Department is charged with regulating professions and occupations for the protection of the public as a whole. Although the Department does not represent individuals filing complaints, the Department will review complaints in a timely manner to ensure a complaint is processed and that the Board will take appropriate action.

The length of time for resolution of a complaint is impossible to estimate due to the various complexities presented in individual complaints.

The following types of complaints may be filed:

  • Unprofessional conduct by a licensee;
  • Unprofessional conduct by a license applicant;
  • Unlicensed practice of the profession or occupation.

If an individual is unsure of what constitutes unprofessional conduct and needs a description of the various types, reference to Montana statutes and rules will provide an answer. These are found at your local public library or at the appropriate board site on this web page.

Drop Off or Mail to:
"Name of the Board or Program the complaint pertains to"
Business Standards Division
301 South Park, 4th Floor
PO Box 200514
Helena, MT 59620-0514

The Complaint Process

This process is used for the Boards that are administered in the Business Standards Division. The various Programs administered in the Division use a similar process.

Important: When filing or responding to a complaint, be as thorough as possible. You may attach additional documents to the complaint form to ensure that all pertinent information has been included. The Screening Panel meeting is NOT a hearing, but is a time for the panel to consider the complaint and response. Attendance is your choice. If you attend the panel may ask additional questions. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend.

After a complaint has been filed against a licensed individual the Compliance Office will send a letter of acknowledgment to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant), and a letter requesting a response (with a copy of the complaint) to the licensee against whom the complaint was filed.

The Licensee may submit a written response addressing the complaint to the Compliance Office. The process continues whether or not a response is submitted. The Complainant is not entitled to a copy of the response.

The Compliance Office will notify the Licensee and Complainant regarding the date and time of any meeting during which the case will be discussed.

Complaints remain confidential unless a Notice of Proposed Board Action is issued, which is a public document along with all subsequent legal filings.

Meetings

  • Closed Meeting - During a Closed Meeting only the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or attorneys for either can be in attendance. Minutes of Closed Meetings are not public documents.
  • Open Meeting - A public meeting which anyone can attend. The minutes of Open meetings are public documents and made available online via the specific Board’s webpage. (Adjudication Panel meetings are usually open.)

Individuals may attend a meeting in person or by telephone. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend the meeting.

Screening Panel

  • Screening Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board. The Screening Panel’s function is to determine the preliminary action(s) to take on a complaint. Possible preliminary actions include dismissal, investigation, or a finding of Reasonable Cause.

The complaint and response (if any) are submitted to the Screening Panel members. The Screening Panel meeting is not a hearing, but rather a committee meeting to review and discuss the complaint and response to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.

Dismissal

If the Screening Panel dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice (see definitions below).

  • Dismissal With Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered by the Screening Panel in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the Screening Panel in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

Investigation

Only a member of the Screening Panel can request an investigation of a complaint. If an investigation is requested by the Screening Panel, the case is assigned to an investigator who may request an interview with the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or other individuals. Upon completion of the investigation, a written report is submitted to the Screening Panel, which will then determine if there is Reasonable Cause to proceed with disciplinary action.

Reasonable Cause

  • Reasonable Cause - A finding by the Screening Panel that evidence exists that a violation of statutes and rules has occurred which warrants proceeding with disciplinary action.

If Reasonable Cause is found, the Department Counsel issues a Notice of Proposed Board Action (Notice) to the Licensee. Once a Notice is issued, it is public information. A proposed Stipulation may be included with the Notice.

  • Notice - A legal document from the Department’s Legal Counsel which sets forth the Department’s factual assertions, the statutes or rules relied upon, and advising the licensee of the right to a hearing.
  • Stipulation - A tentative agreement for settlement of the case. A Stipulation is not finalized until approved by the Adjudication Panel.

The Licensee may either sign the Stipulation or contest the proposed action by requesting an administrative Hearing (a legal process before a Hearing Examiner). If the Licensee wishes to request a hearing, written request must be received within twenty (20) days from receipt of the Notice. Failure to either sign a Stipulation or request a hearing within twenty (20) days may result in the issuing of a Final Order of Default against the licensee.

  • Default - the licensee’s acceptance of the disciplinary action demonstrated by failing to participate in the process

Adjudication Panel

  • Adjudication Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board who are NOT on the Screening Panel. The Adjudication Panel determines the final outcome of a case.

The Adjudication Panel reviews the record to determine appropriate sanctions. A Final Order is issued by the Adjudication Panel, completing the complaint process.

Complaint Process Flow

Current license status and information regarding disciplinary action(s) against a licensee can be accessed online at: https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/

Unlicensed Practice Complaint Process

Department of Labor & Industry - Business Standards Division

PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513

When a complaint or other information is received alleging possible unlicensed practice...

  • (If the allegation is not made in the form of a formal written complaint, a complaint form is completed by the Department and a complaint number is assigned.)
  • A copy of the complaint and a request for a written response are mailed to the person against whom the complaint was filed (Respondent).
  • A written acknowledgment that the complaint has been received is mailed to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant)
  • The respondent may submit a letter of response to the complaint. If a written response is not submitted, the complaint process continues without a response.
  • The complainant and the respondent are sent written notify cation of the date, time, and location of any meeting at which the complaint will be discussed.

The Board Meeting

  • Unlicensed Practice complaints are addressed by the Full Board in executive session (meaning closed to the public). Board meetings are open to the public unless the chairperson determines an individual’s right to privacy outweighs the public’s right to know. If so, that portion of the meeting will be closed to the public (only the respondent, complainant, and legal counsel for each (if any) may be present).
  • The complaint and response (if any) are provided to the board members prior to an upcoming board meeting for their review. The board meeting is not a hearing, but rather a meeting at which the information provided is considered and discussed by the board.

DISMISSAL

  • If the board dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice.
  • Dismissal With Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the board in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

INVESTIGATION

  • The board can request an investigator be assigned to gather additional information surrounding the allegations made in the complaint. This may involve interviews with the respondent, the complainant, and possible witnesses.
  • After the investigation has been completed, an investigative report is prepared and presented to the board for consideration at a subsequent meeting.
  • Following the board’s review of the investigative report, a determination is made to either dismiss the complaint or take action in the form of a Cease and Desist or an Injunction.

CEASE & DESIST / INJUNCTION

  • The board may issue a Cease & Desist or seek an Injunction.
  • Cease & Desist–A letter from the administrative agency prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.
  • Injunction-A writ granted by a court prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.

For more information, contact DLI Business Standards Division at 406-841-2300

FAQ

Name changes must be requested in writing with documentation of the name change included (marriage license, divorce decree etc.). You can send this information to UnitA@mt.gov as an attachment, fax to 406-841-2305 or mail to Montana Board of Dentistry, 301 South Park, 4th Floor, P.O. Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513

Please use the address change form located under  "Quick Links" on the right side of this webpage (or notify the board via fax or US mail). All licensees are required to notify the Board of an address change within 30 days.

An official verification must be requested in writing through the mail or by using the form found on the "Services/Links" tab of this website.  The fee for each official verification is $20.  Official License Verification Request Form

National Board exam scores must be requested from the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE). Board application staff can access your scores online through JCNDE once they are posted.

The Montana Medical Legal Panel reviews claims against heath care providers prior to a complaint being filed in court.  The Montana Medical Legal Panel charges a fee to all providers to fund the panel.

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Based on an amendment in 2015 to the CE rule, all licensees three year CE cycle started April 15, 2015. Therefore the next random CE audit will be run after April 15, 2018. 10% each of active Dentists, Hygienists and Denturists will be audited.

Information on the complaint process can be found here.

Please click on the following link Jurisprudence Exam  to access the Jurisprudence Exam