Active-Renewal Pending Status

January 2, 2018

A number of licenses issued by the Georgia Board of Dentistry ("Board") expire as of December 31, 2017, including all dentist and dental hygiene licenses.  If a licensee has submitted a timely and sufficient renewal application by December 31, 2017, his/her license may be placed on "active-renewal pending" status.  "Active-renewal pending" status does not mean that the registration has lapsed, is inactive, is deficient, or invalid.  Rather, "active-renewal pending" status merely reflects that the licensee has submitted a timely and sufficient renewal application.  Under O.C.G.A.§50-13-18(b), the license of a licensee who has made a timely and sufficient renewal application does not expire until the Board has reviewed and made a determination on the application, even if the date of that determination is after the expiration date.  A licensee should save the receipt generated after submission of a timely and sufficient application as additional proof of renewal during the period in which the application is reviewed.