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

2024 Exam Date:
July 12-13, 2024
Topeka, KS

*Must have taken all parts of NBEO with passing scores.  Last date to sit for
NBEO Part III is April 30, 2024

 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 A
Lawrence, KS 66049


Important Dates:

June 12, 2024:  Last day to applications to be submitted to the Board Office.
July 1, 2024:  Last day for supporting documentations (transcripts, etc.) to be submitted.

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