How to obtain a license

Qualifications of Practitioners:

Person(s) entitled to practice optometry in Kansas shall be those person(s) licensed in accordance with the provisions of the optometry law. A person shall be qualified to be licensed and to receive a license as an optometrist:

  • Who is of good moral character, and in determining the character of any such person, the board may take into consideration any felony conviction of such person, but such conviction shall not automatically operate as a bar to licensure;
  • Who has graduated from a school or college of optometry approved by the board; and
  • Who successfully meets and completes the requirements set by the board and passes an examination given by the board.

Application for Exam(MSWord document)
Application for Exam (Fillable PDF)
See directions below for opening/saving the PDF

2017 Exam Dates:
June 9 and 10, 2017*

*Successful (“Pass”) completion of all parts of the NBEO examination (I, II, III, and TMOD) is required by March 2017 to sit for the 2017 Kansas Board of Optometry examination.

Those optometrists not licensed in Kansas may contact the Executive Officer of the Kansas State Board of Examiners in Optometry to request applications and information on license requirements.  That address is:

Kansas State Board of Examiners in Optometry
Jan Murray, Executive Officer
3109 W 6th Street, Suite B
Lawrence, KS 66049

785-832-9986

Important Dates:

June 9-10, 2017:  Kansas Board of Optometry Examination.

May 9, 2017:   Last day applications will be accepted in the board office.

June 2, 2017:   Last day for supporting documents will be accepted in the board office.

Video to help study for the Law portion of the exam can be found in two parts:
KSSBEO Law Video Part I
KSSBEO Law Video Part II


Instructions for Opening/Saving Fillable PDFs

Save the form to your computer before attempting to complete it

We suggest that you first download the PDF form to your computer or network drive, and then open it with Adobe Reader and fill it. You can either type information directly into each field, or copy and paste text. The font is preselected and cannot be changed. You can only type regular text (upper and lower cases); the system will not accept underlined text, bold or italics, script or formulas, curved or slanted apostrophes, double quotation marks or long dashes.

You can save your data and re-open the file later to modify or enter additional information.

To save the form: 

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  2. From the menu that pops up, select the Save target as... option in Internet Explorer or the Save link as... or similar option in another browser
  3. You should then be prompted to choose a location to save the file
  4. Select the location on your own computer or network and click on the Save button
  5. Once saved, navigate to the file