The State Licensure exams ARE NOT NBDE Part I or II!!! National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) Part I and Part II are the exams that we will take during our dental education to graduate! If you pass these exams, you are now a DENTIST, but you CAN NOT practice yet ANYWHERE!!! You must take and pass a STATE LICENSURE EXAM to be able to practice!!! These are the State Licensure exams: Central Regional Dental Testing Service. Inc.(CRDTS): If you are planning on practicing in these states, you must take this exam!! Colorado Illinois Iowa Kansas Minnesota Missouri Nebraska North Dakota South Dakota Wisconsin Wyoming The North East Regional Board (NERB): If you plan on practicing in these states then you must take this exam! CONNECTICUT DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ILLINOIS MAINE MARYLAND MASSACHUSETTS MICHIGAN NEW HAMPSHIRE NEW JERSEY NEW YORK (remember, NY is going through licensure reforming) OHIO PENNSYLVANIA RHODE ISLAND VERMONT WEST VIRGINIA Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA): If you want to practice in these state, then you must take this exam! ARKANSAS GEORGIA KENTUCKY SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE VIRGINIA Western Regional Exam Board (WREB): If you wish to practice in these states, then you must take this exam! ALASKA ARIZONA NEW MEXICO TEXAS OKLAHOMA UTAH WYOMING IDAHO MONTANA OREGON WASHINGTON The following states do not participate in regional board exam groups. They have their own State Licensure exam format and agency! ALABAMA CALIFORNIA DELAWARE FLORIDA HAWAII INDIANA LOUISIANA MISSISSIPPI NORTH CAROLINA NEVADA I hope this helps in sorting out NBDEs and State board exams!! A dental student must pass the NBDEs to graduate, but must pass a State board to practice in their state of interest for practice! NOTE: some states will accept other regional board exams, for example, (this is only an example and not an actual scenario) if you want to practice in Michigan, usually you have to take the NERB, but let's say that you graduated from a dental school in Texas and took the WREB because you practiced there for awhile and you want to move to Michigan and practice, the state of Michigan may accept the WREB instead of making you taking the NERB. All this is not cut and dry! There are some talks that the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) is trying to make all 4 regional board examination groups (SRTA, NERB, WREB, and CRDTS) to combine into one, so dental students can be flexible where they practice. There are other ways that you can transition from one state to another to practice, but all I've listed is the GENERAL stuff.