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

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.
 
If you need assistance registering with KASPER by paper, please call 502-564-2703.
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Welcome


 

On-Line Pain Management Continuing Education

Click here to take the pain management course required for license renewal  sponsored by the University of Kentucky.  There are five (5) segments available:  (Each is 1 hour of Continuing Education credit.)  Each segment is Free of cost.
Each segment has a brief written overview.  Segment Titles are:
1.       Overview of HB1 and Regulations
2.       How to Recognize Drug Abuse and Dependence in Patients
3.       How to Discuss Drug Issues With a Patient
4.       An Update on KASPER – Post House Bill 1
5.       Opioid Therapy: Risks vs. Rewards
To obtain the required two (2) hours of Pain Management Continuing Education, choose two (2) of the above segments to complete.  Make your segment selection and click on “Learn More” in the Activity Detail Box to the right of the title.
The Activity Progress Page:
Step 2—Learn – Watch the video
Step 3—Get Credit. (You are required to create a CE Central Account if you are a first time user.) Answer the questions and print the CE Certificate.
Your completion certificate should be faxed to the Board at 859-246-2746.    
 
ATTENTION 2015 OPTOMETRY SCHOOL GRADUATES    
 
If you will be applying for a KY license, the Board would like to have your application by the end of May, 2015.  All supporting documents should be received by July 1, 2015.
 
The KY law exam will be administered on July 23, 2015, 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 http://optometry.ky.gov   This will be your study guide for the law exam.
 
The Board will also meet on July 23, 2015, 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 23, 2015, 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 (ETP) by the first renewal of license which in your case will be March 1, 2016.  If you are one of the graduates who needs the ETP course, the 32-hour ETP course will be offered by the KY Optometric Association beginning at Noon on July 23, 2015 at the Marriott Hotel in Lexington.  Call the KY Optometric Association at 502-875-3516 to register for the course.       
 
 

NOTICE

Applicants for initial licensure shall submit to a FBI criminal background check by means of a finger-print check pursuant to 201 KAR 5:010 Section 2(a)(b) & KRS 218A.205

 Instructions for FBI background check

You will need to download (link below) FBI form FD-258 (fingerprint card), have your prints taken and mail the completed fingerprint card to:
          Kentucky State Police
          Records Branch
          1266 Louisville Road
          Frankfort, KY  40601
With a check or money order made payable to KY State Treasurer in the amount of $34.75. 
Take the fingerprint card to any Sheriff's Department, local Police Department or State Police Post to have your prints taken
         *All fingerprints must be rolled in black ink only.
         *Digital printouts of fingerprints are acceptable as long as they are in FD-258 format. 
The following required fields MUST be completed on the fingerprint card or the card will be returned for insufficient information.
     Reason Fingerprinted = KRS 218.205
     ORI = KY920226Z
Last, First, Middle Name                                       Sex
Aliases                                                                  Race
Signature and Residence of Person Being            Height
Fingerprinted                                                         Weight
Date and Signature of Official Taking                    Eye Color
Fingerprints                                                           Hair Color
Date of Birth                                                          Pl. of Birth (ST or Country)
Citizenship                                                             Social Security Number
 
Link to download a fingerprint card Form FD-258 http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/identity-history-summary-checks/fd-258-1
 
DO NOT send the fingerprint card and fee to the Board of Optometric Examiners.  NOTE:  Allow 2 weeks for the processing of your fingerprint card.
 

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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License Lookup

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