Optometrist


Click on the appropriate tab below to see the Renewal Requirements, Process, Fees and Continuing Education (CE) for an Optometrist.

Current licenses expires at midnight, Eastern Time, on February 28, 2015.

To ensure you receive your renewal notification from the department, your current mailing address must be on file. Failure to renew an active or inactive license by the expiration date will result in the license being placed in delinquent status. Failure by a delinquent licensee to renew before the expiration of the current licensure cycle renders the license null and void without any further action by the board or the department.

A licensee who remains on inactive status for more than two consecutive biennial licensure cycles and who wishes to reactivate the license may be required to demonstrate the competency to resume active practice by sitting for a special purpose examination or by completing other reactivation requirements.

If you are reactivating your license, please refer to the Laws & Rules governing your practice for additional requirements.

The department will renew your license upon receipt of:

  • Completed renewal application
  • Required fees

 

Military Exemption

If you are a member of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty who was in good standing with the board at the time of becoming active and was entitled to practice or engage in the practice of medicine in Florida, you may be eligible to be exempted from renewal requirements for the duration of active duty, and for a period of six months after discharge, but not practicing the profession in the private sector for profit.

If you are the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, you may be eligible to be exempted from licensure renewal requirements, but only in cases of absence from the state because your spouses’ duties with the Armed Forces.

Volunteer Health Services Exemption

If you volunteer your services to the medically indigent residents of Florida with incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, you may be eligible for a waiver of your biennial renewal fee and some of the continuing education hours (no more than 25%) required for license renewal; however, the continuing education requirements for domestic violence, HIV and AIDS, and medical errors cannot be waived.

The process of renewing a license may take up to 5 days. Initiating contact to confirm the receipt of fees or the status of your license prior to this time will not expedite the renewal process.

At least 90 days before your license expires, the department will mail you a renewal notification postcard to your last known mailing address of record. You will have until midnight on the day your license expires to renew.

Failure to renew an active or inactive license by the expiration date will result in the license being placed in delinquent status. Failure by a delinquent licensee to become active or inactive before the expiration of the current licensure cycle renders the license null and void without any further action by the board or the department.

You may RENEW ONLINE if:
  • You do not need to change the status of your license.
  • You have a credit card/debit card to complete the transaction.
  • Your license status is not ‘Military, Active’.
  • If you are renewing your license after the expiration date and your status still indicates ’Clear/Active’ or ‘Clear/Inactive’ , you will be assessed a delinquency fee. The delinquency fee will be in addition to your renewal fees.
  • If your license was ‘Delinquent, Active’ or ‘Delinquent, Inactive’ before the renewal deadline, it will be moved to ‘Null and Void’ status after the renewal deadline. A ‘Null and Void’ license cannot be renewed. Instead you will be required to re-apply and meet the current licensure requirements. For further instructions, please contact the board office.
Instructions for Renew Online:
  1. Click the “Renew Online” button above.
  2. Enter your user name and password.
    • Please note your user ID and password were mailed with your physical license.
    • If you are having trouble accessing your account, please try the alternate login process, located at the bottom of the login screen.
    • If you require further assistance, please contact the MQA Communication Center at 850-488-0595.
  3. Click “Renew License” from the column on the left hand side of the page.

After logging in to the renewal system, licensees will be prompted to answer a series of questions and required to provide certain information, if appropriate. The renewal process typically takes 10-15 minutes and licensees pay their renewal fee by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover when they are done.

You may RENEW BY MAIL if:
  • You need to change the status of your license.
  • You need to pay using a cashier’s check or money order.
  • You do NOT have a credit card/debit card to complete the transaction.
  • You need to request a name change
  • Your license is in ‘Military, Active’ status.
To Print Your Renewal Notice:
  1. Click the “Renew Online” button above.
  2. Enter your user name and password
    • Please note your user ID and password will be mailed with your renewal notification.
    • If you do not know your user ID and password, select “Get Login Help?”
  3. Once you are properly logged in, you may print your renewal notice by selecting the Renew License link, then click on the Renew by Mail option

Information for requesting a Name Change

Name changes require legal documentation showing the name change. Please submit a request including your full name as it appears on your license, profession, license number, your new name, your date of birth, the last four digits of your social security number, and your signature. Attach supporting documents, which must be one of the following:

  • a copy of a state issued marriage license that includes the original signature and seal from the clerk of the court
  • a divorce decree showing the name change
  • a court order showing the name change (Adoption, legal name change, federal identity change)

Any one of these will be accepted unless the department has a question about the authenticity of the document. A social security card is not considered legal documentation.

Please Note: The last four digits of the SSN are requested as required by DOH Policy Number DOHP 385-LS05-12 Name Changes for Existing Licensees, which was established for security purposes due to past instances of fraudulent activity.

Certified check or money order should be made payable to the Florida Department of Health.

Important Dates:

Current License Expiration: 02/28/2015

Renewal Expiration:

If renewing BEFORE your license expires, your fees will be:

Active to Active* $305.00
Inactive to Inactive $305.00
Active to Inactive $305.00
Inactive to Active $605.00
Active to Retired $55.00
Inactive to Retired $55.00

If renewing AFTER your license expires, your fees will be:

Active to Active $605.00
Inactive to Inactive $605.00
Active to Inactive $905.00
Inactive to Active $1,205.00
Active to Retired $655.00
Inactive to Retired $655.00

If renewing 120 day Notified Delinquent, your fees will be:

Active to Active* $910.00
Inactive to Inactive $910.00
Active to Inactive $910.00
Inactive to Active $1,210.00
Active to Retired $660.00
Inactive to Retired $660.00

*Add $100.00 for Certified Optometrists with dispensing privileges. Licenses become Null & Void1 on March 1, 2015.

By submitting the appropriate renewal fees to the department, a licensee acknowledges compliance with all requirements for renewal, including continuing education.

A licensee who remains on inactive status for more than two consecutive biennial licensure cycles and who wishes to reactivate the license may be required to demonstrate competency to resume active practice by sitting for a special purpose examination or by completing other reactivation requirements.

 

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 1Null & Void -The licensed practitioner failed to renew their licensure status for two renewal cycles, resulting in their license expiring.

Continuing Education (CE) Requirements

Required Subject Area Required Number of Hours Important Information
General Hours 26 6 of the 26 hours must be in Transcript Quality if you are a Certified Optometrist
Medical Error 2
Laws and Rules 2

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First Biennium Renewal:  Optometrist initially licensed within the biennium are exempt from the continuing education (CE) requirements for renewal with the exception of one (1) hour of HIV/AIDS. Any live classroom course approved by any MQA Board is acceptable.

CE Reporting Information →

Board Rule Approved Providers

  • All Optometry courses must be Board approved.  Only live courses are approved for the Optometry profession.  Course are listed in CEBroker

Other Methods of Obtaining Continuing Medical Education per Biennium

  • 20 General hours – For completion of the Florida Optometry Oral Drug Review Course & Examination.
  • As part of the 30 clock hours, licensed practitioners shall be required to obtain two hours in the area of Florida jurisprudence. A licensed practitioner may earn two hours in Florida jurisprudence by attending a meeting of the Board for no less than four (4) continuous hours. Out of state licensed practitioners who do not practice in Florida at any time during the biennium, shall be permitted to satisfy the requirement of two hours in Florida jurisprudence by certifying that they have obtained and read a copy of the current provisions of Chapters 456 and 463, F.S., and Rule Chapter 64B13, F.A.C.
  • An instructor of a course may credit the hours taught towards completion of the instructor’s required continuing education only once, regardless of the number of times the course is taught. However, the instructor of a course may not credit the hours taught towards completion of the “transcript quality” portion of the continuing education requirement. Continuing education hours must be obtained during the biennium preceding license renewal.
  • 381.00593, Florida Statutes – “Public School Volunteer Health Care Practitioner Act”

Helpful Information

  • COPE approved courses are Board approved upon submission and review into CE Broker.
  • CPR courses given by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross can count for 2 hours
  • The phrase “transcript quality” refers to coursework in ocular and systemic pharmacology and the diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular and systemic conditions and diseases.

Click on Chapter or Section Number to View

Florida Statute

Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Section 456.036: Licenses; active and inactive status; delinquency
Chapter 463: Optometry Practice Act
Section 463.0057: Optometric faculty certificate
Chapter 120: Administrative Procedure Act
Chapter 119: Public Records
Chapter 408: Health Care Administration
Chapter 112: Public Officers and Employees: General Provisions

Florida Administrative Codes

Title 64B13: Board of Optometry
Rule 64B13-5: Continuing Professional Education