KY Board of Optometric Examiners
163 W. Short Street
Suite 550
Lexington, KY  40507
Phone:  859-246-2744
FAX:  859-246-2746


Click here to begin your 2014 License Renewal.



If you will be applying for a KY license, the Board would like to have your application by May 1, 2014.  All supporting application documents should be received by June 20, 2014.

The KY law exam will be administered on July 24, 2014, at 8:00am (Eastern time).  The location for the law exam will be the Marriott Griffin Hotel, 1800 Newtown Pike in Lexington.  A copy of the statutes and regulations can be downloaded from the board's website   This will be your study guide for the law exam.

The Board will also meet on July 24, 2014 to review your application for license.  If you pass the law exam, the Board will license you and you will be given your initial licensure letter that day.  The letter will indicate that a pro-rated licensure fee of $136 plus $50 for a TPA certificate and large wall certificate will be due.  This fee must be paid before a license number will be issued.  You will not be permitted to work prior to receiving your license number.  If you want to pay the $186 fee on July 24, 2014, following the law exam, only checks will be accepted.  Checks should be made payable to the KY State Treasurer.

Pursuant to 201 KAR 5:110, all new licensees are required to be credentialed in Expanded Therapeutic Procedures by the first renewal of license which in your case will be March 1, 2015.  The 32-hour course will be offered by the KY Optometric Association beginning at Noon on July 24, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel in Lexington.  Call the KY Optometric Association at 502-875-3516 to register for this course  

Registering with KASPER

KY licensed optometrists who have a DEA number must register with KASPER or your license will not be renewed.  You will need a KY driver's license in order to register electronically.  For KY licensed optometrists who live out of state and have a DEA number, you will need to register by paper. 

Register electronically: KASPER link
If you need assistance registering for KASPER by paper, please call 502-564-2703


Criminal Background Check Requirement for Initial Licensure and Licensure by Endorsement Effective July 24, 2012.
HB1 KASPER legislation mandates the Board of Optometric Examiners require criminal background checks performed by the FBI.

Instructions for FBI background check

  1. Fill out the background check application from the FBI website
  2. You must indicate on the form that the results be mailed to:
    Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiner
    163 West Short Street, Suite 550
    Lexington, KY  40507
  3. Take the completed form to any Sheriff's Department, local Police Department or State Police Department.
  4. Your fingerprint card will be completed at the station.
  5. Mail the completed form, the fingerprint card and the $18 fee to:
  6. FBI CJIS Division - Record Department
    1000 Custer Hollow Road
    Clarksburg, WV  26306
    **Do NOT send the Fingerprint Card to the Board of Optometric Examiners**
    **PLEASE NOTE:  Allow 6 to 8 weeks for the FBI to process your fingerprint card** You will not be licensed until the satisfactory background check is received in the board office.**
 For more information on requesting an FBI Criminal Background Check

Continuing Education

All continuing education taken for license renewal must be sponsored by a state, regional (multi-state like SECO) or national optometric association*, an accredited school of optometry or an accredited school of medicine.  This is pursuant to 201 KAR 5:030 Section 2.
*National optometric association would be the American Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry, College of Vision Development and the National Optometric Association.
This means that all education certificates submitted for license renewal, must be sponsored by one of the above groups including all COPE courses, and OEP courses, internet or correspondence or audio-digest.
The only exception to this requirement is the one-hour HIV-AIDS course which must be approved by the KY Cabinet for Health & Family Services (CHFS). This course is required for newly licensed optometrists.    Click this link to go to the CHFS HIV approved class information web page: HIV-AIDS Training.
If you use the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry's OE Tracker database to document your continuing education, please forward the printout with your signature to our office as soon as you complete the education.  This will expedite the release of your license during renewals.

License Applications

The type of application you need depends on how many years you've been practicing:

New Application

APPLICATION(practicing 5 years or more)

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