License Renewal Requirements

Licenses must be renewed annually. In order for a license to be renewed, the applicant must submit: a completed application form (provided by the Board); the license renewal fee; and proof of the requisite number of hours of continuing education.

Every optometrist holding a nonactive license for a period of three (3) years or more who wishes to resume active practice shall pass Part III of the National Board exam if the optometrist has not already done so, and must also pass the Board’s examination before being granted a Maine active license.

Fees

All fees are nonrefundable. They should be made payable to the Maine Board of Optometry as follows:

The annual license fee is $350.00.

Late renewal fee is $75.00

A license may be renewed up to sixty (60) days after the date of expiration upon payment of a late fee of $75.00 in addition to the $350.00 annual license fee.

PLEASE NOTE: The sole purpose of the 60-day period is to permit expedited processing of renewals. It does not in any way operate to extend the expiration date of your license to practice.

Continuing Education

Licensed optometrists are required to complete twenty-five (25) hours of approved continuing education per calendar year in order to renew their license. A maximum of two (2) hours in practice management may be applied toward this requirement. At least fifteen (15) hours of continuing education must pertain to the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases for those optometrists who hold an advanced therapeutic license.

Courses offered in the State of Maine sponsored by optometric colleges, or national, state or regional optometric associations are subject to Board approval.

Courses defined as Category I and approved by: the American Optometric Association; the American Medical Association; the American Academy of Ophthalmologists; the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education; or the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) will be accepted by the Board without the requirement of prior Board review.

Any course not approved by the above listed organization may be submitted to the Board for prior approval. The Board may, in its discretion, approve such courses submitted to it, if the request for approval and pertinent course materials are received by the Board at least thirty (30) days in advance of the date for which the course is scheduled.

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The Board may waive the continuing education requirement in cases of illness or undue hardship.

10 Day Notification Requirements (Effective 9/20/07)

Pursuant to Title 10, §8003-G(2):
All licensees and applicants for licensure must report in writing any of the following to the office, board or commission no later than 10 days after the change or event, as the case may be:
a. Change of name or address;
b. Criminal conviction;
c. Revocation, suspension, or other disciplinary action taken in this or any other jurisdiction against any occupational or professional license held by the applicant or licensee; or
d. Any material change in the conditions or qualifications set forth in the original application for licensure submitted to the office, board or commission.

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Last Updated: May 14, 2014