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.


Many of the Board's current rules revisions are 'housekeeping' - where slight/technical corrections were made. Others have text inserted to clarify current Board processes for registrations and/or applications; one rule was repealed; and another rule is being created to outline the procedures by which military personnel and their spouses apply for an NC optician's license.

A Public Comment period was held from June 3 - August 2, and the Board has been active with the Rules Review Commission making additional changes and clarifications.

Several revisions of 21 NCAC 40 went into effect October 1:

.0101 Location - Updates the Board's current (physical) address

.0108 Fees - Rule repealed since GS 90-246 was amended to set the exact amount of fees to be charged

.0212 Direct Supervision - Adds business entity into responsibility for ensuring licensed supervision is present in optical businesses

.0302 License Exam Fees - Eliminates carry-forward of Exam fees

.0303 License Exam Process - Refines Exam process for adoption of national Exam

Of notable significance to NC licensees is the revision to 21 NCAC 40 .0320 License Renewal Information - the establishment of the Inactive License status. All licensees received information on the new status on November 12.

Several other Rule's revisions are scheduled for discussion at the November Rules Review Commission, and still others in December. As resolution is reached on other rule'' work, updates will be found here on the website.

Inactive License Status application is attached -