Iowa Code 153.23
License Reciprocity: Retired Dentist or Dental Hygienist
A retired dentist or dental hygienist can apply for a retired volunteer dental license. A dentist or dental hygienist holding a retired volunteer license cannot accept compensation for their practice of dentistry. A volunteer license is not required for a currently licensed dentist or dental hygienist to volunteer their time.
Retired volunteer license
1. Upon application and qualification, the board may issue a retired volunteer license to a dentist or dental hygienist who has held an active license to practice dentistry or dental hygiene within the past five years, and who has retired from the practice of dentistry or dental hygiene, to enable the retired dentist or dental hygienist to provide volunteer dental or dental hygiene services. The board shall adopt rules to administer this section, including but not limited to rules providing eligibility requirements and services that may be performed pursuant to the license. 2. The board shall not charge an application or licensing fee for issuing or renewing a retired volunteer license. A retired volunteer license shall not be converted to a regular license with active or inactive status. A retired volunteer license shall not be considered to be an active license to practice dentistry or dental hygiene. 3. A person holding a retired volunteer license shall not charge a fee or receive compensation or remuneration in any form from any person or third-party payor including but not limited to an insurance company, health plan, or state or federal benefit program. 4. A person holding a retired volunteer license is subject to all rules and regulations governing the practice of dentistry or dental hygiene except those relating to the payment of fees, license renewal, and continuing education requirements. 5. A dental hygienist holding a retired volunteer license shall abide by the permitted scope of practice of actively licensed dental hygienists described in section 153.15. However, a dental hygienist holding a retired volunteer license may perform screenings or educational programs without an actively licensed dentist present. 6. An applicant for a retired volunteer license who has surrendered, resigned, converted, or allowed a license to lapse or expire as the result of or in lieu of disciplinary action shall not be eligible for a retired volunteer license. 7. The board may waive the five-year requirement in subsection 1 if the applicant demonstrates that the applicant possesses sufficient knowledge and skills to practice safely and competently.