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Before you renew your tripartite membership, there are several things to know about payment options, dues amounts and voluntary contributions. This page provides that information to you. For dues related questions, please email Stacey Kloeppel or call 573-634-3436, Extension 109.

Payment Options

Dues should be remitted in full or through an installment payment plan established by January 1, 2015. Dues and any voluntary contributions may be paid in one total sum via a check or credit card* payment. For members paying dues through the Installment Payment Plan, their dues must be paid by either credit card* or ACH. If dues have not been paid in full or an installment payment plan not established, members will discontinue receiving tripartite membership benefits as of March 31. For questions email Stacey at the MDA or call 800-688-1907 or 573-634-3436, Extension 109.

Check Payments

All checks should be made payable to the MDA.

Credit Card* Payments

MasterCard, VISA and Discover credit cards only (no American Express) are accepted by the MDA. The MDA does not accept American Express and all debit card transactions will process as a credit card payment because a pin number is not available. Complete the credit card information in the payment area on the front side of this form. *See below for the credit card processing fee information.

ACH Payments

An ACH (Automated Clearing House) is an electronic check that moves funds from one bank account direct to another. This is another option for members to pay their dues with lower cost to the association. A copy of a voided check must be returned with your dues statement. The voided check contains your bank account and routing information that is required to process the payment.

Installment Payment Plan

For your convenience, and in an effort to ease the payment of tripartite member dues, the MDA offers an Installment Payment Plan. There are no additional fees to pay your dues through an Installment Payment plan, however, if you choose to pay by credit card* versus ACH, you will incur a processing fee. If dues have not been paid in full or an installment payment plan not established, members will discontinue receiving tripartite membership benefits as of March 31. Please review the details for the Installment Payment Plan below:

  • Payment Options: Installment plan payments will be processed on the 10th or 20th of each month, depending on when the MDA receives your enrollment. MDA will calculate your total payment (combined mandatory dues, any voluntary contributions and, if applicable, credit card processing fee) divided by the number of payments you selected.
    • For members paying dues through the installment payment plan their dues must be paid by either credit card* or ACH.
    • No check payments will be accepted for installment plans.

  • Number of Payments: Choose the number of payments you prefer. Indicate your choice by marking the payment area on the front of your dues statement. You can pay your 2015 dues in 2, 4, 6 or 8 equal monthly installments. The number of payments will be adjusted automatically to process the final payment by final payment deadline of October 31, 2015.

*Credit Card Processing Fee: A one-time processing fee of $19 will be assessed to any member (paying in full or through installments) if dues are paid by credit card. This fee is to help offset some of the cost associated with accepting credit cards payments for dues. To avoid this fee, pay dues in full by check or set up an ACH installment payment plan.

Membership Dues

The ADA (national), MDA (state) and your component dental society (local) maintain a Tripartite membership system.

  • Dentists receive benefits, and dues must be paid, at all three levels to be a member.
  • Each member is assessed dues at each level, but there are a variety of categories to allow exceptions for those who are dental students, graduate students, new to or retiring from the practice of dentistry or experiencing temporary financial difficulties. See waivers section.
  • Dues statements are sent to members at the end of November, following the ADA and MDA House meetings where yearly national and state dues are determined. 
  • Read more in the 2015 Dues Stuffer information sheet, which also is included in with your dues statement.

2015 ADA Dues

The 2015 ADA dues are $522 for active members; there was no dues increase from 2014.

2015 MDA Dues

The 2015 MDA dues are $452 for active members; there was a 1% dues increase from 2014.

  • Active Members: $452
  • Recent Graduate Members:
    • 0% of full active dues 1st full year
    • 25% of full active dues 2nd full year
    • 50% of full active dues 3rd full year
    • 75% of full active dues 4th full year
  • Active Life Members: 50% of full active dues
  • Retired Members: $50
  • Student Members: $10
  • Affiliate Members: $100
  • Associate Members: $40

2015 Component Dues (Active Member Rate)

  • Greater St. Louis Dental Society: $365
  • Greater Kansas City Dental Society: $125
  • Greater Springfield Dental Society: $185
  • Central Dental Society: $50
  • Northeast Dental Society: $55
  • Northwest Dental Society: $65
  • Southeast Dental Society: $35
  • Southwest Dental Society: $80

Click here for Component Contact Information

Tax Deductions

FOR FEDERAL INCOME TAXES: Member dues, Alliance dues and PAC contributions ARE NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE as charitable contributions to the extent that payments are not made to 501(c)(3) organizations; HOWEVER, they may be deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses. Under U.S. tax law, only that portion of an association member's dues not attributable to lobbying activities is deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. For 2015, 7% of ADA dues, 15% of MDA dues and 0% of Component dues are allocatable to lobbying activities and, therefore, are non-deductible as a business expense. Donations to the MDA Foundation and MDA Well Being Foundation, both 501(c)(3) organizations, ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE as charitable contributions.

Voluntary Contributions

For many of the following programs/entities, the voluntary amounts contributed with dues are their largest fund raiser. As you review the efforts of these programs, we hope you will consider giving the suggested voluntary amount, or another of your choosing. In addition to the following voluntary suggestions that appear on all membersí dues statements, some components include other component-specific programs within the voluntary contribution section.


Through the financial contributions of member dentists, ADPAC works to elect Federal candidates who understand the importance of dentistry and the link between oral health and overall health. Regardless of party affiliation, ADPAC supports elected officials who will be strong advocates for dentists, their practices and the patients they serve. The ADPAC Board closely follows legislative activities as well as the involvement of state dental leaders to direct our funding to the most deserving candidates. Suggested 2015 contribution is $50.


Members of MODentPAC believe that you canít afford to be a silent partner in decisions that affect your business, your practice and your profession. When you make a contribution to MODentPAC, you are helping tell legislators what issues matter to you. All contributions to candidates are determined by the state PAC board or the several local component PACs. These members do a great job of directing PAC funds to candidates who share our values and vision. Participation in MODentPAC is a great way to impact our advocacy efforts. Suggested 2015 contribution is $100 for full active members; $50 for all other dues types.

MDA Foundation

The MDA Foundation is the charitable partner of the MDA working to create better oral health for Missourians through educational programs, access-to-care initiatives and community collaborations. Dental and dental hygiene scholarships, Childrenís Dental Health Month activities, participation in local health and provision of oral hygiene supplies, are just some of the ways the MDA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has been helping to Improve Missouri Smiles since 1977. The Foundation added a new program in 2011, the MOMOM (Missouri Mission of Mercy) project. Suggested 2015 contribution is $125.

MDA Well Being Foundation

For years the Missouri Well Being Foundation has supported members facing impairments. The new mission of the DWBF is to promote a healthy dental professional, dental team and their families by providing education, resources and support. Contributions provide scholarships for program participants and allow for the development of new resources to help fulfill the mission. This Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was created so that it could raise funds to provide scholarships for program participants and participate in outreach efforts to educate about the importance of the programís efforts. Suggested 2015 contribution is $50.

Reduced Dues Categories & Waivers

For Recent Graduate Members

We know finances are tight when you start your career, but organized dentistry has your interest and your success in mind. The ADA, MDA and various local dental societies offer a reduced dues program, which provides recent graduates FREE membership for the remainder of your graduation year and reduced dues for the next four years. This significantly decreases your due amounts for several years, but allows you the opportunity to take full advantage of membership benefits and services.

Recent Graduate Members Dues are:

  • 0% of full active dues 1st full year
  • 25% of full active dues 2nd full year
  • 50% of full active dues 3rd full year
  • 75% of full active dues 4th full year

Retired Dentists

Affidavit for Retired Membership

Retired Membership

  • Available to member in good standing who has been an active member and is now a retired member, and is no longer earning an income from the performance of service as a member of the faculty of a dental school, as a dental administrator or consultant, or as a practitioner of any activity for which a license to practice dentistry or dental hygiene is required by the state.

Retired Life Membership

  • Available to a member who meets the above requirements for retired membership and who meets the requirements for life membership. Life membership is available to a member who has been a member for 30 consecutive years or 40 total years, and has attained age 65 and is a member in good standing. Life membership is effective the calendar year following the year in which these requirements are fulfilled.

Retired Life Subscriptions

  • Continue your MDA Focus subscription for the coming year for $25. Focus is the official MDA publication published six times annually. Stay apprised of important news of interest, official Association business, legislative updates and more.
  • Complete and return a Retired Life Subscription Form
  • Purchase your Retired Life Subscription through the MDA Store

Dental School Faculty

Faculty Waiver

  • Available for dental faculty who are employed full time (32 hours per week). The waiver will allow the faculty member to pay 50% less than the active full dues.

Waiver of Dues (Financial Hardship)

Dues Waiver

  • Available to a member in good standing whose circumstances have resulted in a significant financial hardship, including temporary or permanent disability, catastrophe, parental leave or medical illness (full/partial waiver).

Graduate Students

Graduate Student Application 

  • Graduate student membership is available to any dentist who is engaged full-time in a residency or advanced education program.

Dentist Affiliates

Affiliate Membership Application

  • Affiliate membership is available to any dentist who is an active tripartite member with another state dental association.

Information Resources

Please review these resources to learn about the value and benefits you receive through membership and to ensure you’re getting the most current and relevant information about your tripartite dental associations.

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