Ultimate Guide to Optometry Licensure by Reciprocity

Ultimate Guide to Optometry Licensure by Reciprocity

The following is meant to serve as a guide to help practicing optometrists obtain the proper information to successfully complete the licensing application for an optometry license in a new state.

An optometry license granted by each state’s regulatory board of optometry must be obtained in order to legally practice in the United States. The requirements necessary to obtain an optometry license varies from state to state in regards to fees, requirements, and application processes.

Note: Fees are approximations. There may be additional fees or different fees for obtaining fingerprinting based on your state of residency. There may also be other fees associated with obtaining documents, having scores and/or transcripts sent, or notarizing documents. This guide was updated on 6/13/19. Any changes to state licensure requirements occurring after this date may not be accounted for.

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  1. Jonathan Gerard

    I’m trying to apply for licensure in New York, I currently have a license in NJ. Do I still need to go through the whole application process for NY? I’ve been practing for over 5 years…

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