On January 30, 2017, a change took effect to the Missouri State Board of Optometry's license renewal rule, 20 CSR 2210-2.030. The new rule places a limit on the number of continuing education hours that a licensee may obtain through distance learning methods where the licensee is not physically present at the continuing education presentation including but not limited to correspondence courses, online courses, and/or magazine articles.

Of the thirty-two (32) hours of approved continuing education required for license renewal, no more than sixteen (16) hours can be from courses where the licensee is not physically present at the presentation.

The Board is encouraging licensees to take note of this change now and plan accordingly for the October 31, 2018 end of the current continuing education reporting period.

2017 Rule Review

Pursuant to Executive Order 17-03 and & 536.175, RSMo, the Board will be conducting a review of all of its Rules. The Board will be taking public comments on any of its Rules through formal public hearings during its October 2017 meetings.

Public comments can also be submitted on-line.

For anyone wishing to provide comments in person at the Board's October board meeting, the Board is requesting that you submit your comments in advance so that copies can be made prior to the meeting you plan on attending. This will also assist the Board in determining how much time is needed to schedule these hearings.

Please see the following link for information from the FDA regarding decorative contact lenses:

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Veterans - learn about reimbursement for your licensing examination fees.

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EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2012 - On July 1, 2012, the statewide vendor became 3M/Cogent. To be fingerprinted through 3M/Cogent, you must first register with the Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS) at Individuals without access to the Internet may contact 3M/Cogent directly at 1-877-862-2425 to have a Fingerprint Services Representative conduct this registration on your behalf. Appointments can be made starting June 25th. You will need to provide the State Board of Optometry four-digit registration number, 0002, in order to schedule an appointment. This will authorize the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the FBI to send the results to the State Board of Optometry.