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How To Get Your Optometry License in All 50 States – A Complete Guide


Foreword From The Author

Author: Antonio Chirumbolo O.D.

Antonio attended the SUNY College of Optometry and returned to his hometown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to practice shortly after graduating. He now works in a large private practice setting providing care to his local community. In addition to patient care, Antonio possesses a marked interest in optometric industry. While not seeing patients, Antonio enjoys running, playing soccer, studying economics, and volunteering within his local community.

Antonio was the former lead journalist for – the largest online website for optometry students. He currently serves as a journalist for and has big plans to take the website to the next level.


A license granted by each state’s regulatory board of optometry must be obtained upon graduating from an accredited optometry school for optometrists to legally practice in the United States. Obtaining a license varies from state to state in regards to fees, requirements, and application processes. The following is meant to serve as a guide to help new graduates of optometry obtain the proper information to successfully complete the licensing application process based on state.

Note: Fees are approximations. There may be additional fees or different fees for obtaining fingerprinting if not residing in the state you are applying for a license. There may also be other fees associated with obtaining documents, having scores and/or transcripts sent, or notarizing documents.

Remember – licensing is half the battle. The average new grad will put in lots of effort when it comes to….

  • Finding a position / career
  • Getting on insurance panels
  • Interviewing
  • Getting malpractice insurance
  • Deal with taxes
  • Understanding business basics
  • Much more

For these topics, is here to help you 100% of the way. We urge you to check back on NGO on a regular basis to catch the latest articles.

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