Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners
2365 Harrodsburg Road, Suite A240
Lexington, Kentucky 40504-3333
ATTENTION 2020 OPTOMETRY GRADUATES
If you will be applying for a KY license, the Board would like to have your application ASAP. All supporting application documents should be received by June 5, 2020. The KY Law Exam will be administered on June 20, 2020, in two separate time slots, 9:00AM, and 10:30AM (Eastern Time) due to current COVID-19 restrictions in Kentucky limiting groups to those of ten or less . The location for the law exam is the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1801 Newtown Pike in Lexington. A copy of the statutes and regulations can be downloaded from this web page. This will be your study guide for the exam.
The Board will meet on June 20, 2020, 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 a pro-rated licensure fee of $190 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 practice prior to receiving your license number. If you want to pay the fee of $240 fee on June 20 2020, following the exam, only checks will be accepted.
All new licensees are required to be credentialed in Expanded Therapeutic Procedures prior to the second renewal of license. If your optometry school did not include all components of 201 KAR 5:110 Section 1 (2), you will be required to complete the 32-hour ETP course. Contact the KY Optometric Association at 502-875-3516 for more information relating to this course.
On-Line Pain Management Continuing Education
Two hours of pain management coursework are required annually as long as you have a DEA license. The courses are sponsored by the University of KY and are free. There are several courses available and you will need to complete 2 courses to equal 2 hours annually.
You will be required to create a CE Central Account if you are a first time user. Click the link above for course offerings.
After you make your course selection, click on "Learn More" in the Activity Detail box to the right of the course title. Watch the video and answer the questions at the end. Print your completion certificate and fax to the Board at 859-246-2746. Remember you cannot repeat a course. Print your transcript and it will show courses already taken. Call UK CE Central at 859-257-5320 if you have any problems.
ANOTHER OPTION FOR COMPLETING THE PAIN MANAGEMENT/ADDICTION DISORDER COURSE:
1. Course: Pain Management in the Optometric Practice for 2 hours
2. Course: Narcotic Prescribing and Drug Diversion for 2 hours
Remember to forward your completion certificate to the board office.
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
1266 Louisville Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
With a check or money order made payable to KY State Treasurer in the amount of $33.25.
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
Signature and Residence of Person Being Height
Date and Signature of Official Taking Eye Color
Fingerprints Hair Color
Date of Birth Pl. of Birth (ST or Country)
Citizenship Social Security Number
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.