On January 30, 2017, a change took effect to the Missouri State Board of Optometry's license renewal rule, 20 CSR 2210-2.030. The new rule places a limit on the number of continuing education hours that a licensee may obtain through distance learning methods where the licensee is not physically present at the continuing education presentation including but not limited to correspondence courses, online courses, and/or magazine articles.

Of the thirty-two (32) hours of approved continuing education required for license renewal, no more than sixteen (16) hours can be from courses where the licensee is not physically present at the presentation.

The Board is encouraging licensees to take note of this change now and plan accordingly for the October 31, 2018 end of the current continuing education reporting period.

2017 Rule Review

Pursuant to Executive Order 17-03 issued by Governor Greitens the Missouri State Board of Optometry will be holding two public hearings to accept comments on any of the board's current regulations.

These public hearings will be held at the Division of Professional Registration, 3605 Missouri Boulevard, Jefferson City MO 65109 on August 18, 2017 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. and September 19, 2017 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.

Additionally, public comments can also be submitted online or in writing via email, US mail or fax.

These comments will be accepted on an ongoing basis until October 6, 2017.

Public comments can also be submitted on-line.

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EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012 - On July 1, 2012, the statewide vendor became 3M/Cogent. To be fingerprinted through 3M/Cogent, you must first register with the Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS) at Individuals without access to the Internet may contact 3M/Cogent directly at 1-877-862-2425 to have a Fingerprint Services Representative conduct this registration on your behalf. Appointments can be made starting June 25th. You will need to provide the State Board of Optometry four-digit registration number, 0002, in order to schedule an appointment. This will authorize the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the FBI to send the results to the State Board of Optometry.