Apply for Exam


Before you can become licensed in the state of Maine to practice optometry, you must meet the requirements to take the Maine State Board of Optometry examination. The exam is conducted four times a year, in February, May, August, November and by appointment.

The Application and all supporting information, including your National Board of Examiners in Optometry official scores, must be received by the Board at least thirty (30) days prior to the examination date. No applications will be considered unless accompanied by all transcripts, supporting information, and the $300.00 application fee. See Instructions for Filing Application.

The Board recognizes and accepts the value of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) examination and requires that all applicants for the Maine State Board of Optometry examination must have passed all three Parts of the NBEO examination, including all sections of the Treatment and Management of Ocular Diseases (TMOD) examination.

Approved schools of optometry shall be those schools approved the American Optometric Association Council on Optometric Education.

If you need assistance or have questions, you may contact us at (207)624-8691 or email.

Please note: According to Maine Law, when you pass the exam, you are given an active license if you practice in Maine, a non-active license if you do not. Within three years, the non-active license can be converted to an active license upon request, if you are practicing in Maine. After that time, you will have to retake the exam in order to obtain an active license again.

Maine State Board of Optometry
113 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0113


Last Updated: December 15, 2014