Renewal Information


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The Board has made every effort to include the information you need to apply for licensure on this website. You can visit our Help CenterFAQs, Continuing Education and Resources page for frequently asked questions, links, forms, applications and other helpful information. If you have additional questions about your renewal process, please contact a renewal specialist.

Click on the appropriate tab below to see the Renewal Requirements, Process, Fees and Continuing Education (CE) for an Optician.

Current licenses expire at midnight, Eastern Time, on December 31, 2016

To ensure you receive your renewal notification from the department, your current mailing address must be on file. Failure to renew an active or inactive license by the expiration date will result in the license being placed in delinquent status. Failure by a delinquent licensee to renew before the expiration of the current licensure cycle renders the license null and void without any further action by the board or the department.

A licensee who remains on inactive status for more than two consecutive biennial licensure cycles and who wishes to reactivate the license may be required to demonstrate the competency to resume active practice by sitting for a special purpose examination or by completing other reactivation requirements.

If you are reactivating your license, please refer to the Laws & Rules governing your practice for additional requirements.

The department will renew your license upon receipt of:

  • Completed renewal application
  • Required fees

At least 90 days before your license expires, the department will mail you a renewal notification postcard to your last known mailing address of record. You will have until midnight on the day your license expires to renew. Failure to renew an active or inactive license by the expiration date will result in the license being placed in delinquent status. Failure by a delinquent licensee to become active or inactive before the expiration of the current licensure cycle renders the license null and void without any further action by the board or the department.

You may RENEW ONLINE if:
  • You do not need to change the status of your license.
  • You have a credit card/debit card to complete the transaction.
  • Your license status is not ‘Military, Active’.
  • If you are renewing your license after the expiration date and your status still indicates ’Clear/Active’ or ‘Clear/Inactive’ , you will be assessed a delinquency fee. The delinquency fee will be in addition to your renewal fees.
  • If your license was ‘Delinquent, Active’ or ‘Delinquent, Inactive’ before the renewal deadline, it will be moved to ‘Null and Void’ status after the renewal deadline and you should contact your board office for instruction.
Instructions for Renew Online:

Please select the answer below that best applies to you for further instructions.

Have you registered for an account and linked your license in the new MQA Online Services Portal?

No, I have not registered for a new account

  1. Click the Renew Online button.
  2. If you have not created an account in the new MQA Online Services Portal, select NO. Please note that your user ID and password mailed with your physical license will no longer work with our new system. You must register for a new account using a valid email address.
  3. Follow the prompts to create your new account.
  4. After you Sign In with your new user ID and password, you will then be prompted by a 3-step process to link your license to your account before you can renew. You will need three (3) items:
    1. Your social security number
    2. Your date of birth
    3. Your mailing address zip code on file with the Department of Health Please note that your mailing address zip code can be found on your renewal postcard or your physical license.
  5. Once you have successfully linked your license to your account, you will see the Manage My License section on your Quick Start Menu.
  6. During renewals, a “It is time to Renew” message will populate no later than 90 days prior to your license expiration date (Note: If you do not see the “It is time to Renew” message, please check back at a later time.) Under It is time to Renew, select Renewal Application to submit your renewal application and payment.

Yes, I have registered for an account, but I have not linked my license

  1. Click the Renew Online button.
  2. If you have an account but have not linked your license to your account, select YES and enter your user ID and password, then click Sign In.
  3. Once in your account, you must select Add My License or Previous Application to link your license. You will then be prompted by a 3-step process to link your license to your account before you can renew. You will need three (3) items:
    1. Your social security number
    2. Your date of birth
    3. Your mailing address zip code on file with the Department of Health Please note that your mailing address zip code can be found on your renewal postcard or your physical license.
  4. Once you have successfully linked your license to your account, you will see the Manage My License section on your Quick Start Menu.
  5. During renewals, a “It is time to Renew” message will populate no later than 90 days prior to your license expiration date (Note: If you do not see the “It is time to Renew” message, please check back at a later time.) Under It is time to Renew, select Renewal Application to submit your renewal application and payment.

Yes, I have registered for a new account and linked my license

  1. Click the Renew Online button
  2. If you have already created an account, select YES and enter your user ID and password, then click Sign In.
  3. During renewals, a “It is time to Renew” message will populate no later than 90 days prior to your license expiration date (Note: If you do not see the “It is time to Renew” message, please check back at a later time.) Under It is time to Renew, select Renewal Application to submit your renewal application and payment.

Additional Information:

  • If you do not have a credit or debit card, follow the instructions to renew online. You can then print a copy of your application summary and mail it with your cashier’s check or money order to:
    Division of Medical Quality Assurance
    P.O. Box 6320
    Tallahassee, FL 32314-6320
  • If you are renewing your license after the expiration date and your status still indicates Clear/Active or Clear/Inactive, you will be assessed a delinquency fee. The delinquency fee will be in addition to your renewal fees.
  • If your license was Delinquent/Active or Delinquent/Inactive before the renewal deadline, it will be moved to Null and Void status after the renewal deadline. You should contact your board office for further instruction.
  • The process of renewing a license and receiving a printed license in the mail may take 7-10 business days. Initiating contact to confirm the receipt of fees or the status of your license prior to this time will not expedite the renewal process.
  • A licensee who remains on inactive status for more than two consecutive biennial licensure cycles and who wishes to reactivate the license may be required to demonstrate the competency to resume active practice by sitting for a special purpose examination or by completing other reactivation requirements.
  • If you are reactivating your license, please refer to the laws and rules governing your practice for additional requirements.
  • Note: Do not submit certificates of completion of continuing education hours to the Florida Board of Opticianry. Please report continuing education credits to the Department of Health through our CE tracking system at www.cebroker.com.
You may RENEW BY MAIL if:
  • You need to change the status of your license.
  • You need to pay using a cashier’s check or money order.
  • You do NOT have a credit card/debit card to complete the transaction.
  • You need to request a name change
  • Your license is in ‘Military, Active’ status.
To Print Your Renewal Notice:

To print your renewal notice, follow the instructions to renew online. You can then print a copy of your application summary and mail it with your cashier’s check or money order to:
Division of Medical Quality Assurance
P.O. Box 6320
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6320

Information for requesting a Name Change

Name changes require legal documentation showing the name change. Please submit a request including your full name as it appears on your license, profession, license number, your new name, your date of birth, the last four digits of your social security number, and your signature. Attach supporting documents, which must be one of the following:

  • a copy of a state issued marriage license that includes the original signature and seal from the clerk of the court
  • a divorce decree showing the name change
  • a court order showing the name change (Adoption, legal name change, federal identity change)

Any one of these will be accepted unless the department has a question about the authenticity of the document. A social security card is not considered legal documentation.

Please Note: The last four digits of the SSN are requested as required by DOH Policy Number DOHP 385-LS05-12 Name Changes for Existing Licensees, which was established for security purposes due to past instances of fraudulent activity.

Certified check or money order should be made payable to the Florida Department of Health. If renewing BEFORE your license expires, your fees will be:

Active to Active $130.00
Inactive to Inactive $55.00
Active to Inactive $55.00
Inactive to Active $330.00
Active to Retired $55.00
Inactive to Retired $55.00

If renewing AFTER your license expires, your fees will be:

Active to Active $255.00
Inactive to Inactive $180.00
Active to Inactive $230.00
Inactive to Active $505.00
Active to Retired $230.00
Inactive to Retired $230.00

If renewing 120 day Notified Delinquent, your fees will be:

Active to Active $385.00
Inactive to Inactive $235.00
Active to Inactive $235.00
Inactive to Active $510.00
Active to Retired $310.00
Inactive to Retired $235.00

Licenses become Null & Void1 on January 1, 2017. By submitting the appropriate renewal fees to the department, a licensee acknowledges compliance with all requirements for renewal, including continuing education. A licensee who remains on inactive status for more than two consecutive biennial licensure cycles and who wishes to reactivate the license may be required to demonstrate competency to resume active practice by sitting for a special purpose examination or by completing other reactivation requirements.

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1Null & Void -The licensed practitioner failed to renew their licensure status for two renewal cycles, resulting in their license expiring.

Continuing Education (CE) Requirements

Required Subject Area Required Number of Hours Important Information
Technical 11 Eleven hours must be directly related to the technical practice of Opticianry.  If the licensee is board certified, four (4) of these hours must be in technical courses related to contact lens theory and practice.
Medical Errors 2 This must be a two hour course approved by the Board.
Laws and Rules 2 This course must include the subject of Federal or Florida laws and administrative rules governing the profession.
Electives 5 These hours shall consist of courses in one or more of the following type courses: technical, laws and rules, HIV/AIDS, or subjects relating to management of a practice from a business perspective. Two hours per biennium may be earned for attendance at a Board meeting where disciplinary action is taken.

For the first renewal only: 1 elective hour must be on HIV/AIDS.

TOTAL 20

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First Biennium Renewal: Optician licensees licensed within the first year of the biennium renewing a license for the first time must complete 10 hours of approved continuing education to include, five (5) hours related to technical practice of opticianry, one (1) hour of HIV/AIDS education, two(2) hours of prevention of medical error and two (2) hours of electives from the first two areas above or subjects relating to business management

Optician licensees licensed within the second year of the biennium are exempt from continuing education requirements for the first renewal

CE Reporting Information →

Board Rule Approved Providers

  • All courses must be Board approved.  Board approved courses are listed in CEBroker

Helpful Information

  • A maximum of five (5) hours may be from home study courses
  • All courses must be taken from a Board approved continuing education provider
  • Courses from Board approved continuing education providers are listed in CEBroker

Click on Chapter or Section Number to View

Florida Statutes

Chapter 456: Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions
Chapter 484, Part 1: Preparing and Dispensing of Eyeglasses and Other Optical Devices

Florida Administrative Codes

Rules: Chapter 64B12: Board of Opticianry
Rules: Chapter 64B: Division of Medical Quality Assurance, Florida Administrative Code