Board of Optometric Examiners

The Kentucky Board of Optometric Examiners is responsible for regulating the practice and licensure of optometry in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Board grants initial licensure to qualified optometrists and oversees the annual renewal of licenses.

Register with KASPER

KY licensed optometrists who have a DEA number must register with KASPER or your license will not be renewed.

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Criminal Background Checks

All applicants will need to register via the UEnroll website utilizing our Service Code (27GJZY). You will are now able to complete both the state and federal (fingerprinting) background checks through this service.

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Apply for a License

Create an account and apply online.

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Free Course for Pain Management

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.

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License Renewal

All active licenses expire March 1 of each year. The Board e-mails renewal notices two months prior to the license expiration date. The annual renewal fee is $250. If you were initially licensed in this year you will be be contacted for manual renewal by KBOE staff.

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2365 Harrodsburg Road
Suite A240
Lexington, KY 40504


(859) 246-2744


(859) 246-2746

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET