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, 2019.

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.

Licensees requesting to reactivate their license from inactive or retired status are required to pay additional fees and comply with specific continuing education requirements. Please contact the board office at info@floridasoptometry.gov to request your 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.

Please select the answer below that best applies to you for further instructions.

Have you registered for an account and linked your license in the MQA Online Services Portal since 2015?

No, I have not registered for an account

  1. Go to www.flhealthsource.gov and click the ‘Renew A License’ button.
  2. Select NO, review the Getting Started in MQA’s Online Services Portal instructions.
  3. If you have not created an account in the new MQA Online Services Portal, select REGISTER to complete New User Registration. You must register for a new account using a valid email address.
  4. Follow the prompts to create your new account.
  5. After you Sign In with your new user ID and password, you will then be prompted by a 3-step process to link your license to your account before you can renew. You will need four (4) items:
    1. Your License Number
    2. Your Social Security Number
    3. Your date of birth
    4. Your mailing address zip code on file with the Department of Health (Please note that your mailing address zip code can be found on your physical license)
  6. Once you have successfully linked your license to your account, you will see the Manage My License section on your Quick Start Menu.
  7. During renewals, a “Renew My License” section will populate no later than 90 days prior to your license expiration date (Note: If you do not see the “Renew My License” section, please check back at a later time).

Yes, I have registered for an account and linked my license

  1. Go to www.flhealthsource.gov and click the ‘Renew A License’ button.
  2. Select YES and you will be taken to MQA Online Services.
  3. If you have already created an account, enter your user ID and password, then click Sign In.
  4. During renewals, a “Renew My License” section will populate no later than 90 days prior to your license expiration date (Note: If you do not see the “Renew My License” section, please check back at a later time).

Yes, I have registered for an account, but I have not linked my license

  1. Go to www.flhealthsource.gov and click the ‘Renew A License’ button.
  2. Select YES and you will be taken to MQA Online Services.
  3. If you have an account but have not linked your license to your account, enter your user ID and password, then click Sign In.
  4. Once on your account, you must select Add My License or Previous Application to link your license. You will then be prompted by a 3-step process to link your license to your account before you can renew. You will needfour (4) items:
    1. Your License Number
    2. Your Social Security Number
    3. Your date of birth
    4. Your mailing address zip code on file with the Department of Health (Please note that your mailing address zip code can be found on your physical license)
  5. Once you have successfully linked your license to your account, you will see the Manage My License section on your Quick Start Menu.
  6. During renewals, a “Renew My License” section will populate no later than 90 days prior to your license expiration date (Note: If you do not see the “Renew My License” section, please check back at a later time).

Additional Information:

You may renew online if you have a credit or debit card to complete the transaction. Please note that you can now renew online, print a copy of your application summary and mail it with your cashier’s check or money order to:

Division of Medical Quality Assurance
P.O. Box 6320
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6320

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: 02/28/2019

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

Licenses become Null & Void1 on March 1, 2019.

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 AreaRequired Number of HoursImportant Information
General Hours266 of the 26 hours must be in Transcript Quality if you are a Certified Optometrist
Medical Error22 hours maximum per biennium
Laws and Rules22 hours maximum per biennium
Prescribing Controlled Substances2Important Information: All licensees registered with the DEA must complete the course no later than January 31, 2019, and during each subsequent licensure renewal biennium. (May be completed through live, in-person, or online/distance learning format.)

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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.  All required courses must be live for the Optometry profession.  Courses 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.
  • 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”
  • Certified Optometrists NOT registered with the DEA or Optometrists may complete the 2 hour course on prescribing controlled substances to obtain 2 hours of General credit hours. (May be completed through live, in-person, or online/distance learning format.)

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
  • As part of the 30 clock hours, licensed practitioners shall be permitted to obtain two hours in the area of practice management. No more than two hours of continuing education in the area of practice management may be applied to the 30 clock hour requirement. (May be completed through live, in-person, or online/distance learning format.)
  • 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