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.
OPTOMETRISTS NOW RENEWING!
Renewal notifications were emailed to licensees' valid email addresses and mailed via post-card to those without valid addresses at the beginning of August.
Licensees that would like to renew online can go to https://apps.dci.mo.gov/pr/renewal. A PIN number (included in the renewal email and on the post-card) will be required and there will be a convenience fee. If you have misplaced your PIN number, one can be requested in writing from the board office by via email to email@example.com, via facsimile at (573) 751-8216, or by writing to the board's address.
It is recommended that licensees submit renewal applications by October 1, 2020 to allow processing time.
Any licensee whose license has not been renewed by the expiration is not authorized to practice after that date until the license has been renewed by the board. Submission of the renewal form and fee does not constitute renewal or grant the ability to practice after the expiration date.
To request a duplicate paper renewal notice, contact the board office at firstname.lastname@example.org or via facsimile at (573) 751-8216 or by phone at (573) 751-0814. Paper renewals will be emailed, faxed or mailed to the licensee based on the request.
If you are a current licensee, please fill out the short 1 minute survey below.
NOTICE OF CHANGE TO CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
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.
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NEW: FINGERPRINTING VENDOR
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 www.machs.mo.gov. 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.