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Ultimate Guide to Optometry Licensure by Reciprocity

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This is a complete guide on how to get your license via reciprocity in order to practice optometry in every state. Every state has different requirements.

Ultimate Guide to Optometry Licensure by Reciprocity
The following is meant to serve as a guide to help practicing optometrists obtain the proper information to successfully complete the licensing application for an optometry license in a new state.
An optometry license granted by each state’s regulatory board of optometry must be obtained in order to legally practice in the United States. The requirements necessary to obtain an optometry license varies from state to state in regards to fees, requirements, and application processes.
Note: Fees are approximations. There may be additional fees or different fees for obtaining fingerprinting based on your state of residency. There may also be other fees associated with obtaining documents, having scores and/or transcripts sent, or notarizing documents

This guide was updated on 6/13/19. Any changes to state licensure requirements occurring after this date may not be accounted for.


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Antonio Chirumbolo, OD
About Antonio Chirumbolo, OD

Antonio Chirumbolo, OD is the Director of Client Services at CovalentCreative. He completed his optometry degree at the SUNY College of Optometry in 2013. Antonio is passionate about digital media, marketing, and advertising and in his free time still practices optometry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Antonio Chirumbolo, OD
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