Obtain Your License

SEPTEMBER OF YOUR FOURTH YEAR:

Call the licensing board for applications and copies of the state optometry law in each state where you plan to practice.

After you have received and reviewed this information, keep in mind these considerations:

  1. REMEMBER - the licensure process is lengthy and requirements differ from state to state. Begin this process as early as possible.
  2. What is the scope of practice in your favorite state(s)? Be aware that differences exist. Can you keep an inactive license in another state as a back-up?
  3. What are the examination requirements for those states in which you wish to obtain a license to practice? Is there a state-administered written exam, state-administered clinical exam, national boards (which parts?), state law exam, etc.?
  4. If the state licensing board administers a required examination, when and where will it be offered?
  5. If the state requires all parts of the National Boards and a state law examination, will the state law exam be administered by the state (when?) or by the National Board? (If the law exam is administered by the National Board as a service for the state, it is done at the same time a student takes the National Boards.)
  6. What fees will be required? These may include: application for licensure fee, examination fee, certification for authorization to use diagnostic pharmaceutical agents or authorization to use diagnostic and therapeutic agents fee, duplicate license fee for multiple practice locations, etc.
  7. What is the date to submit your completed application for licensure?

For more information:

AOA Licensure and Regulation Committee
800-365-2219  or 314-991-4100

Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO)
301-913-0641

National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO)
301-652-5192