|Licensing Doctors of Optometry and Regulating the Practice of Optometry|
|MILITARY / FULL-TIME FEDERAL SERVICE|
|License Registration / Renewal Instructions|
|During the period that a doctor is serving in the military or directly employed by the federal government, the doctor may register his or her license with the Board. The registration is not an unrestricted license to practice optometry. If the military or federal government employer requires a full unrestricted license, the doctor is required to pay the renewal fee. An unrestricted license is also required if the doctor practices outside the military or federal government employment in Texas.|
|Doctors serving in the military or directly employed by the federal government are exempt from penalties when the doctor renews his or her license in order to enter private practice. See 351.307.|
|Registration Without Fee||Fee Required|
You may register without paying a fee if you are currently:
Please include your license number, your first and last name, name of employer, and statement that you are exempt from fee in your e-mail request.
Click here to send e-mail.
A renewal fee is required if:
|Separation from Federal Service|
|If you separate from federal service and have not paid a renewal fee, you must pay the active renewal fee (and a
fee for a new certificate) before you may start practicing. If you were not in the regular armed forces, you will
also need to submit 16 hours of approved continuing education before you begin practicing.
If you served in the regular armed forces
within the 12 months preceding the date you wish to begin practicing, you are exempt from the continuing education
requirements at that time.
If you have any questions regarding your federal service, please e-mail, write, or telephone the Board. Texas Optometry Board, 333 Guadalupe Street, Suite 2-420, Austin, Texas, 78701, 512/305-8500.
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