Volunteer Permit: Dentist and Dental Hygienist
A dentist or dental hygienist who holds an out-of-state license to practice can obtain a volunteer permit to provide free services in Rhode Island without complying with licensure requirements. The dentist or dental hygienist must submit an application to the Board of Examiners in Dentistry in order to obtain the permit.
Volunteer Dental/Dental Hygiene Permit
Notwithstanding any other provision of the Act or these Regulations, the Board may issue a volunteer dental/dental hygiene permit that allows an out-of-state dentist/dental hygienist to provide dental or dental hygiene services in Rhode Island without obtaining a Rhode Island license. (a) Services provided pursuant to a volunteer dental/dental hygiene permit shall be limited to: (1) A free clinic or similar charitable medical event providing free health care services; or (2) The Special Olympics or similar athletic event attracting a large number of out-of-state participants; or (3) Participation in the Mission of Mercy program. (b) Application: An applicant for a volunteer dental permit shall submit the following information to the Board at least sixty (60) days prior to the event: (1) A copy of the applicant's current dental/dental hygienist license or a letter of good standing from the state where the applicant is currently licensed: and (2) A letter, signed by an authorized representative of the sponsoring agency, which specifies the date(s) and location(s) of the event, and the type(s) of volunteer dental or dental hygiene services that will be provided; and (3) A notarized statement, signed by both the applicant and an authorized representative of the sponsoring agency, which specifies that it has been agreed between the parties that no compensation shall be paid for any dentistry or dental hygiene services rendered in Rhode Island while in possession of a volunteer dental permit.