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FORMS OF MEMBERSHIP AND PROCESSING
ADAA Central Office continuously works to enhance the way we process membership records in an effort to better serve our members. The following is a breakdown of membership types and how Central Office processes membership. We hope this helps you better understand the way our different types of membership work.
All members of ADAA are Active Members, even non-paying types of membership such as Life Retired. All types of active members count toward each state’s delegate counts, except students and E-Members. Regular ADAA dues are $125, plus your state/local dues which varies by state. These fees are annual.
The processing order and time for new members is the same as for renewals, but new members will receive a welcome packet instead of just a card.
Also, the first issue of “The Dental Assistant” a new member receives may be delayed if their information is not entered before we submit our list to our printer. If this is the case, members can contact Central Office, and if their payment was processed before the last issue was mailed, we will mail out a copy directly.
Furthermore, processing time is substantially delayed for incomplete applications. Some examples:
STUDENT MEMBER & GRADUATED DUES
Students pay $35 for membership and an additional $10 for professional liability insurance. An instructor’s signature is required with a student membership application to verify that the person applying is currently enrolled in a dental assisting program.
Also, to reduce processing time instructors can include 1 payment (check or credit card) from either themselves or the school for multiple students. An example: if 4 students are applying for membership, a single payment of either 1 check or credit card for $140 may be submitted, or $180 if all 4 students wanted the liability insurance.
Student members can renew their student membership, but if a student member is no longer enrolled in a program, they may renew with reduced dues that gradually increase over the course of 3 years, with the 4th year requiring regular national dues.
During the first year after graduation, dues for Active 1st year students, or AS1, including liability insurance will be $60 plus state/local dues. Active 2nd year, AS2 will be $80 (included liability insurance) plus state/local dues and Active 3rd year, AS3, will be $100 (included liability insurance) plus state/local dues. The 4th year full dues will be charged.
Please note: A valid school signature is required for all student member applications, For renewing/2nd year students, please see the back of your renewal invoice.
ADAA Life membership is automatically granted once a member has had 25 years of continuous membership, not counting years as a Student member.
If your membership lapsed at any point, you can pay back dues, which are $5 per month, or $60 total for a year, to regain continuous membership.
Current Life Membership (Life Active) is not free. Below are the 5 types of Life Membership the ADAA currently offers. All forms of Life Membership, even non-paying forms, allow the member to continue receiving the Dental Assistant Journal, but other benefits vary by type of Life Membership.
ADAA E-Membership is a free type of electronic membership available to non-ADAA members. There are no hidden charges and no fees added later after joining. E-Members receive one free hour of CE every year (CE expires at the end of the year on December 31st and cannot be carried over to the following year). They can also take advantage of most of the ADAA membership benefits (such as prescription discounts, credit card program, rental car & travel special rates, identity theft, resume posting, etc) except they do not receive the professional liability insurance or the accidental death and dismemberment insurance. Also, E-Members do not receive the journal or newsletter, membership card/kit or pin, but will be able to access to the Email newsletter, 24/7, and other newsletters online (when they become available) as well as select articles from the journal. For continuing education, E-Members receive $10 off the non-member course price (see catalog for prices).
Payment options cannot be combined; only one payment option available per dues year, some payment options only available for first payments received Jan - Apr (1st Quarter), contact ADAA for details.
Members pay 1/2 national and state/local dues, plus a $5 semi-annual fee and $10 for profession liability insurance. Membership cards will show an expiration date of June 30th of the current dues year and a renewal invoice will be mailed around 1 month before the expiration date on the card.
New cards will be mailed after the 2nd semi-annual payment has been received showing an expiration date of December 31st of the current dues year.
Automatic Payments and How They Work
Members also have the option of paying monthly, bi-monthly, and quarterly by using direct debit. A full explanation can also be found on the Authorization Agreement for Direct Debit. Only one method of payment will be accepted.
AUTOMATIC DEBIT - Various payment options available, for payment amounts, contact ADAA Central Office:
Monthly*, Bi-Monthly*, Quarterly*, Bi-Annual/Semiannual (6 mos)*
Annual (entire amount of dues deducted at one time)**
Payments begin at once and periodically charged when next payment is due. Account will be billed approximately 15th day of plan chosen.
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