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Licensing Doctors of Optometry and Regulating the Practice of Optometry

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The Texas Optometry Board licenses doctors of optometry. Licensees must have graduated from an approved college of optometry (in the United States or Canada), pass the appropriate examinations, and meet the other requirements of the Texas Optometry Act (link to requirements).
The Texas Optometry Board verifies completion of educational requirements for licensure by obtaining original transcripts (with an official seal and/or signature) of optometry and pre-optometry college education. The Board does not require sealed transcripts sent directly from the school. Transcripts are required for all applicants.
  Applicants Licensed in Other States
The Board requires official verification of license from every state in which an applicant is licensed.
  Information Not Verified
Specialty or board certifications, post graduate training/residency, malpractice insurance.
  License Renewal
All licenses issued for 2017 expire on January 1, 2018. The law does not provide for a grace period. Continuing education requirements may be found at this link.
  License Verification Methods
The Board provides license verifications in three formats: telephone, website, and Official Written Verification. Only an Official Written Verification is issued under the Board Seal.
  Disciplinary Action
The Board may discipline an optometrist who violates the Texas Optometry Act. To find the disciplinary history of an optometrist, click here. You may also telephone the Board at 512-305-8500.
Date of Disciplinary Action
An optometrist with past disciplinary action may currently be able to practice without restrictions. Use this link to determine the date of the disciplinary action. If there are questions regarding the current status of a license, please call the Board at 512-305-8500.
Copies of Disciplinary Action
A copy of disciplinary action is available upon a written request under the Public Information Act. Written official verifications under the seal of the Board are also available upon a written request for a fee of $15.00. To order the official verifications under the seal of the Board, submit a written request with payment by check (payable to "Texas Optometry Board").
Reporting of Disciplinary Action
Disciplinary action for the year is reported in the annual Board Newsletter.
  Source Information
Source information for license verifications is updated continuously. The source information for license verifications is stored in a database. The Board contracts with professional database managers to operate the database, and best practices are employed to maintain integrity of the information and database. This information is used to provide verifications on the telephone, on the website, and in written documents under the seal of the Board. No warranty, express or implied, is made by the Board or the State of Texas regarding the accuracy, completeness, reliability or fitness for use of the information provided.
  Address for Verifications on Website (URL)
  Effective Date
January 1, 2017.
  Posted By
Chris Kloeris, Executive Director, Texas Optometry Board.
The Board and the State of Texas make no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness, reliability or fitness for a particular use of the information on this web site. The user assumes all liability and waives any and all claims or causes of action against the Board and the State of Texas for all uses of, and any reliance on, this information. This paragraph shall accompany all distributions of this information and is incorporated into this information for all purposes.

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