This Board website you're viewing has undergone significant updates, and soon viewers will be auto-redirected to the new site.

Licensees' 2021 renewal payments, and info from this site are now shown on the new website Included in the updates is the establishment of a secure Portal for Licensees where they can register, complete online changes to contact- and employment-info as well as make payments for Board services by credit cards or e-check. Optical businesses and registrants will be incorporated into the Portal over the next several months, so that they too will have their own Portals for registrations and the ability to change information and process online payments.

Visit the new website and become familiar with its functions - we're happy to hear from you with comments.




in compliance with Governor Cooper's Executive Order No. 138.

Please leave messages at 919-420-1390 for staff members' call-back or to schedule an office appointment.


Rulemaking has begun...

...for permanent inclusion (effective April 1, 2021) of the Rule enacted initially as an Emergency/Temporary rule, proposed to be effective April, 2021.

Rule 21 NCAC 40 .0113 Waiver
allows the Board flexibility in waiving any provision of 21 NCAC 40 (the Board's governing administrative rules), as it exercised during the shutdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Public Comment Period for this action has been established as November 5 , 2020 - February 1, 2021.

  • Written comments (referencing Rule .0113) may be submitted to the Board by mail to PO Box 6758, Raleigh NC 27628-6758.
  • Comments (with the appropriate Rule reference) can be emailed to

Opticianry Emerging from the Pandemic

The State Board of Opticians encourages optical places of business to adhere to all State and Local Orders regarding distancing and hygiene practices. Though public protection is foremost among the Board's responsibilities, it recognizes that the dispensaries keeping to quality protective-practices will benefit both the facilities, the employees and the public.

COVID-19 information and safe guards Click Here.

The Opticians Association of America (OAA) has published guidance for dispensaries as they transition into operation in the post-COVID world. It contains helpful info from the CDC, and some educational articles and suggestions from peer-opticians.

Dispensary Operational Changes

Anyone needing help from an optical dispensary should first call to see if they're open, able to assist and have specific requirements for visiting the dispensary.


Precautions for Certification and Licensure Testing

Working with Prometrics, the ABO/NCLE has made registration, testing-date and testing-processes changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prometrics has initiated remote-proctoring availability for portions of the testing. These changes have been approved by the NC State Board of Opticians.

Testing registrants are encouraged to go directly to the ABO/NCLE site for the latest info on schedules and processes.


Click Here for General Eye Health Information during COVID-19


The NC State Board of Opticians welcomes you to information regarding training, licensure and opticianry regulations and education in the state. Check us out often for a "clear vision" of opticianry in North Carolina.

Established by the NC General Assembly in 1951, the seven-member Board is comprised of five (5) dispensing opticians, and two (2) public members, all of whom serve three-year terms. Members are appointed by the Governor.

The Board's primary functions, defined by state statute and administrative rule, are the administration of the licensure process (including the licensure exam), and the oversight of regulations pertaining to optical businesses and training establishments. The Board has disciplinary authority over licensees and those participating in opticianry training processes. It reviews continuing education hours submitted by educational entities, and approves those hours it considers appropriate to enhance NC opticians' professional knowledge while complying with statutory requirements regarding CECs.

In accordance with the Open Meetings Law, the Board's meetings are open to the public, and minutes are recorded and available by written request.

The offices and staff of the Board are headquartered in Raleigh; hours can vary with staff assignments and availability. The office is closed for State holidays. If you're planning an office visit, please call ahead for staff assistance.

The Board invites your comments on this site, and how it can be made more productive and informative.