Diplomate Application Submission Guidelines

Applications MUST be submitted to the ABCDSM Executive Office before the deadline. Candidates for Diplomate status may submit their applications electronically via this Web site. Applications sent by postal mail should be addressed as follows:

Attn: Examination Committee Chair
11130 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 350
Reston, VA 20191

A "complete application" is defined as a fully completed and typed application form, all supporting documentation as requested in the application, and the application fee. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED ELECRONICALLY OR POSTMARKED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

ABCDSM will send acknowledgement of receipt of your application to you by email with 5-10 business days of its receipt at our Executive Office. If such notification is not received, please contact the ABCDM immediately by calling 800.322.8651 or 703.234.4142.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to retain copies of their application and supporting documentation in their personal files. We also recommend that candidates for Diplomate status, who choose to mail their applications to the ABCDSM rather than submitting them electronically, do so by certified mail or other traceable means.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the ABCDSM receives all application and supporting materials on or before the stated deadline.

Incomplete Applications

An application submitted electronically or postmarked on or before the deadline, but missing components (i.e., a copy of the candidate's dental license and/or application fee), is considered an incomplete application and a nonrefundable late fee of $300 must be paid if the application is to remain active. Applicants will be notified by mail if their applications are not complete. Completeness of an application cannot be verified by telephone; please do not call the ABCDSM office for this information.

An applicant whose application is incomplete must ensure all parts of the application, including all prerequisites, have been submitted and are received by the application deadline. ANY APPLICATION THAT REMAINS INCOMPLETE AS OF ONE MONTH PRIOR TO THE EXAM WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Applicants with Disabilities

The ABCDSM recognizes that individuals with disabilities may wish to take the examination and will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with verified disabilities. The ABCDSM supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants are reminded, however, that auxiliary aids (and services) can only be offered if they do not fundamentally alter the measurement of skills or knowledge the examination is intended to test (Americans with Disabilities Act, Public Law 101-336).

Applicants who wish to request accommodations due to a disability must advise the ABCDSM in writing no later than one month prior to the exam. The applicant may be asked to submit appropriate documentation of the disability and a description of previous accommodations provided during other examinations. If the ABCDSM deems it necessary, an independent medical assessment may be requested at the expense of the ABCDSM.