Beginning June 1, 2020, the Division and its boards will begin to accept members of the public in its building but with some new rules and safeguards.
  • If you are an applicant or licensee, and you plan to hand deliver items, you will be required to remain in the lobby area to meet with a representative of your board. The Division will limit the number of members of the public in the lobby to THREE. Others will be required to remain in your vehicle or outside until you are able to meet with board staff. The Division and its boards kindly ask you to socially distance while visiting the Division. Please have any documents that require notarization completed, including the notarization, prior to your visit.
  • If you plan to visit the Division to hand deliver items or take an examination, you will be expected to answer questions regarding your health and any exposure to COVID 19. If you have any of the common symptoms of COVID 19, you will not be granted entry into the building. Staff will be on hand to meet you at the front of the building and you will be expected to maintain social distancing within the Division of Professional Registration.
  • If you are a member of the public who wishes to attend the public meeting of one of our boards, the board will provide you information to attend virtually. Those who do need to gain entry into the building for the meeting will be required to maintain social distancing in the building. You may be asked to wait outside if you have a scheduled appointment with the board and answer questions regarding your health and any exposure to COVID 19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hasrecom mended that elective, or non-urgent healthcare procedures be postponed to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. The Missouri State Board of Optometry supports these recommendations and urges Missouri optometrists to adhere to them. Optometrists are strongly encouraged to take the necessary steps to insure the safety of their patients, staff and themselves by limiting opportunities for this virus to continue to spread. We must all work together and do our part to help manage this serious risk to public health.


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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.

Please see the following link for information from the FDA regarding decorative contact lenses:

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Veterans - learn about reimbursement for your licensing examination fees.

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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.