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Contact Information for Frequently Called Numbers


Professional and Vocational Licensing
(808) 586-3000

  • Request an application
  • Inquire about licensing requirements
  • Applicants can check on the status of an application
  • Inquire about licensee maintenance requirements


RICO Consumer Resource Center
(808) 587-3295 or (808) 587-4272


 Business Registration Division
(808) 586-2727


Executive Officer

James Kobashigawa

(808) 586-2702

Residents on the neighbor islands may call by dialing the following toll free numbers followed by the last 5 digits of the phone numbers above and the # sign:

Kauai   274-3141
Maui   984-2400
Hawaii   974-4000
Lanai & Molokai   1-800-468-4644

P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801


License Categories

  • Dentist
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Community Service Dentist
  • Community Service Dental Hygienist
  • Temporary


Biennial December 31 every odd numbered year.

Failure to timely renew by the renewal date will result in the forfeiture of the license. After the renewal date, the forfeited license may be restored within 2 years and subject to meeting restoration requirements. Failure to restore a forfeited license within 2 years after the renewal date will result in the termination of the license and the person must apply as a new applicant and meet current licensing requirements.

Pursuant to Section 436B-14.5, HRS, any license held by a member of the armed forces, National Guard, or a reserve component that expires, is forfeited, or deemed delinquent while the member is on active duty and deployed during a state or national crisis shall be restored if certain restoration requirements are met.  Military Renewal and Restoration Information Sheet.

Regulating Body

Board of Dental Examiners

Board Composition
12 Members

Mark A. Baird, DDS, Chairperson

Paul Guevara, DMD, MDS, Vice-Chairperson

Rodney Ching, Public

Mark Chun, DMD

Staphe Fujimoto, DDS

Earl Hasegawa, DDS

Dennis Nagata, DDS

Garrett Ota, DDS

Janet M. Y. Primiano, RDH

Joy Shimabuku, Public

Marianne Timmerman, RDH

Candace M. Wada, DDS

8 Dentists
2 Dental Hygienists
2 Public

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