intern permits and information

Intern Application and Information

Temporary Provision for Background Checks

Pursuant to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order No. 130, Section 3, the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners ("Board") has been authorized to waive or modify regulatory licensure requirements temporarily for persons that meet certain qualifications, where those licensure requirements would prevent or impair allowing those persons to provide care. This licensure application waiver and modification is temporary and is effective only until June 26, 2020, unless Executive Order Nos. 130 and 139 are further extended with a superseding Executive Order.

As part of the standard licensure process for dentists, dental hygienists, and interns, the Board’s regulations require a background check through the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation ("SBI"). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SBI and certain other agencies and organizations that customarily perform services in association with background checks have temporarily ceased certain operations, including preparation of fingerprint cards and use of Live Scan.

As a result, to further the goal of licensure of qualified persons to provide the needed care to the North Carolina public, the Board temporarily is waiving the requirement in its rules listed below that applicants submit fingerprint cards for a background check through the SBI. As of April 20, 2020, and through the effective date of Executive Order No. 130, the Board will conduct the required background check through Castle Branch, Inc.

During this time frame, applicants will not need to submit fingerprint cards as part of their applications but may have to submit a signed release of information form authorizing the Board to request a criminal history record check from Castle Branch, Inc. There will be no change in the fee charged to applicants as a result of this modification.

This licensure application waiver and modification is temporary and is effective only until June 7, 2020, unless Executive Order No. 130 is rescinded, replaced, or extended with a superseding Executive Order.

Please note that once your application is received by the Board office, the process takes at least 90 days.

  • Candidate must be a graduate of an ADA-accredited dental school unless accepted into a residency program or fellowship at a Board-approved tranining facility.

  • Candidates who are not graduates of an ADA-accredited dental school click here.

  • Candidate must have a letter from the supervising dentist indicating the location of practice and name of the dentist.

  • Candidate must submit official final transcripts from their dental school, bearing the degree and date conferred.

  • Candidate must sucessfully complete written examinations (sterilization/infection control and jurisprudence)

  • The non-refundable fee is $150.00.

  • The application can be downloaded from this site. It is also available via e-mail or by phone.

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  • Application for Intern Permit

    Download the Intern Permit application

    Download the Intern Permit renewal application now
    (This application is for individuals who currently
    have an intern permit in North Carolina)

    Applications by mail may also be requested by 
    Email:  or by Electronic Forms
    Pick up at Executive Office: 2000 Perimeter Park Dr., Suite 160 Morrisville, NC  27560
    Office: (919) 678-8223 or Fax: (919) 678-8472

    Approved Dental Intern Sites:
    *Ada Jenkins Center Dental Program Davidson
    *Anderson Creek Medical Center Spring Lake
    *Anderson Creek Dental Clinic Sping Lake
    *Angier Medical Center Angier
    *Anson Regional Medical Services Wadesboro
    *Benhaven Medical Center Cameron
    *Blue Ridge Community Health Services Hendersonville
    *Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project, Inc. Cashiers
    *Boone Trail Medical Center Mamers
    Wake Forest Univ. School of Medicine-Bowman Gray Campus Winston-Salem
    Broughton Hospital Morganton
    *Brunswick County Partnership for Children Shallotte
    *Cabarrus Health Alliance Concord
    *The CARE Clinic Fayetteville
    Carolinas Medical Center Charlotte
    *Carrboro Community Health Center - Piedmont Health Ser. Carrboro
    Caswell Center Kinston
    Cerebral Palsy Center Durham
    Cherry Hospital Goldsboro
    *Collins Dental Center Spindale
    Community Care Clinic of Rowan County Salisbury
    Compassionate Care Free Clinic of Richmond County Rockingham
    Dorothea Dix Hospital Dental Clinic Raleigh
    Durham VA Hospital Durham
    Duke University Medical Center Durham
    ECU School of Medicine/Vidant Medical Center Greenville
    Fayetteville VA Hospital Fayetteville
    *Fifth Street Ministries Statesville
    *First Health of the Carolinas Pinehurst
    Gaston Family Health Services Gaston
    *Gates County Dental Clinic Gatesville
    *Good Shepherd's Clinic Salisbury
    *Goshen Medical Center, Inc. Faison
    *Greene Dental Services Snow Hill
    James D. Bernstein Community Health Ctr. Greenville
    *HealthReach Community Clinic Mooresville
    *HEALTHServe Medical Center Greensboro
    *Hertford County Dental Clinic Gatesville
    *High Country Community Health Boone and Newland
    *Hot Springs Health Program Marshall
    John Umstead Hospital Butner
    *Kinston Community Health Center Durham
    *Lincoln Community Health Center Durham
    *Macon County Public Health Center Franklin
    *Medical Resource Center for Randolph County Asheboro
    *Mission Hospital Asheville
    Charlotte MOM Clinic (for CMC permit holders) Charlotte
    *Mooresville South Iredell Health Assistance Clinic Mooresville
    *Moncure Community Health Center - Piedmont Health Ser. Moncure
    *Mountain Area Health Education Center GPR Asheville
    Murdoch Center Butner
    NC Department of Corrections All locations
    NC Health Departments All locations
    NC Memorial Hospital Chapel Hill
    *Person Family Medical& Dental Centers, Inc. Roxboro
    *Piedmont Health Services, Inc. Carrboro
    *Prospect Hill Community Health Center - Piedmont Health Prospect Hill
    Reynolds Health Center Winston-Salem
    *Rowan County Community Health Services Hendersonville
    Rural Health Group Henderson
    Rural Health Group Jackson
    Rural Health Group Roanoke Rapids
    *Siler City Community Health Center - Piedmont Health Ser. Siler City
    *Spruce Pine Community Hospital Spruce Pine
    *Stedman-Wade Health Services, Inc. Stedman
    *Tri County Community Health Center Newton Grove
    UNC School of Dentistry Chapel Hill
    *Uptown Shelter for Men Charlotte
    *Vance-Warren Comprehensive Health Plan, Inc. Warrenton
    Wake Medical Center Raleigh
    *Wake Smiles/Wake Health Services, Inc. Raleigh
    Wayne Community College Goldsboro
    Western Carolina Center Morganton
    *Western North Carolina Community Health Services, Inc. Asheville
    Wilkes Community College Dental Clinic Wilkesboro
    *Wilkes Dental Consortium, Inc. Ferguson
    *Wilson Community Health Center, Inc. Wilson
    Womack Army Hospital Fayetteville
    *Women's Missionary Union of North Carolina Charlotte
    *Denotes Non-Profit Organization


    Functions of the Board of Dental Examiners
    The administration of licensure examinations for dentists and dental hygienists
    The promulgation of rules and enforcement of laws and regulations governing the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in this state
    The issuance and renewal of licenses to dentists and dental hygienists