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.

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Legislation having potential impact on the practice of Opticianry, and Board operations, has been introduced in the 2017 Session of the NC General Assembly.

Changes to increase the scope of optometrist practices are being considered in House Bill 36. Read the bill here.

Proposals for additional oversight and reporting requirements for occupational licensing boards (OLBs) are in the works. Read summaries for House Bill 142 and House Bill 162. (Text of the bills can be accessed on the NC General Assembly website by inserting the bill number in the 'Find a Bill' search optician at the top of the site).

Legislative committees also continue discussions regarding the 2014 Program Evaluation Division report. In the Fall of 2016 the State Board and NCOA issued a joint communication as a call-to-arms for quality vision care and protection for the public.