Registration Policy

Mail/Fax Registration Deadline: Jan. 31

Register online through the meeting

All registration materials including badges, tickets, event tickets and/or refund checks will be mailed to the individual whose name appears as the primary registrant/payor.

If you have not received your registration materials by mail within 10 business days of register­ing, please call 630.241.1345 or 888.696.2446 or email our registration company

If you arrive at the Midwinter Meeting without your badge/tickets, you can obtain a replacement badge at the Reprints booth for a non-refundable $25 fee in the General Registration area, Level 3 Concourse. Please allow time to wait in line before your course begins.

Register in advance to receive "F" Course ticket

Avoid free course ticket lines at the course room entrance and save time.

When you register for the meeting, order tickets for F (Free) Courses to reserve your place and be seated first if you arrive by the start of the class. Register early to save money on the cost of registration.

Over 2,500 people attempt to register on site between 7:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. each of the first two days of the meeting. Every effort is made to accommodate these attendees, however, long lines are inevitable. CDS urges attendees to register early, preferably online, to avoid the long lines.

Hygiene and dental assistant students: Your badges will not be mailed!

Hygiene and dental assistant students are eligible to pre-register for the Midwinter Meeting, however, badges and paid course / event tickets can only be picked up onsite at the E-ticket counters. School IDs are required to obtain badges / tickets. Hygiene students and dental assistant students are not allowed to register online for free “F” courses; however, they may attend F courses if seating is available in the room the day of the course. 

To find out if seating is available for a free course, go to the room in which the course is offered the day the course is presented.

Online Additions

Online registration will allow additions after the original order has been placed. Mail and faxed registrations can be amended as well. Courses can be added online. To change or cancel your enrollment in a course, the daily course summary ticket must be returned to the registration company to receive a refund. An updated daily course summary ticket(s) will be issued.

Dentist Registration

Under no circumstances may a dentist register as a guest, spouse, exhibitor, dental assistant, dental hygienist, dental technician, office personnel, student, family member or dental trade. Registration will be revoked for dentists who register in any category other than dentist, and the dentist will be charged the appropriate registration fee or asked to leave the meeting. Spouses who are dentists are considered dentists and therefore are expected to register as dentists. This is particularly true if you are seeking CE credits from CDS or the Academy of General Dentistry. Dentists registering as press (category P), must be registered as dentists first.

On Site Registration

McCormick Place West, Level 3 Concourse

  • Thursday, Feb. 20: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 21: 7:30 a.m. — 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 22: 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Exhibitor Registration

McCormick Place West, Level 3 Concourse

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Beginning Feb. 20, exhibitor registration will follow general registration hours.

Dental Trade

Domestic/International Dental Trade may register at McCormick Place West, Feb. 20 – 22, during normal registration hours.

Additional Information

Domestic and International registrants who register before the mail/fax deadline of Jan. 10, or the online deadline of Jan. 31, will receive materials by mail. If you register online in February you will receive an email confirmation within 24 hours. Feb. registration materials can be picked up onsite at the E-ticket locations.

Free admittance to the Midwinter Meeting is a member benefit available to those CDS dentists who have paid their dues in full (or are enrolled in the auto-dues payment program) on or before Jan. 1 for the year of this Midwinter Meeting. Those who have not paid their dues in full may be required to pay the appropriate registration fee. The registration company receives lists of current members from CDS frequently throughout the registration season to be sure all current CDS members can take advantage of this benefit.

Do not include your CDS dues payment with your registration. An outside contractor handles registration. Enclosing your dues payment with your registration materials will delay the processing of both your dues and your registration.

Tripartite member CDS dues can be paid online

Associate member CDS dues can be paid online here. Please note that it may take up to one week to process your membership before you can pre-register as Category A (CDS Dentist).

You can not join the American Dental Association (ADA) through CDS while pre-registering. Register as a non-ADA member and contact your state dental society to join the ADA. If you do join the ADA for 2021 prior to April 1, CDS will refund the difference of the non-ADA registration fee.