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Annual Renewal

The Minnesota Board of Optometry (MBO issues licenses annually for the year running from January 1, to December 31st.  To remain continuously licensed you must meet continuing education requirements and renew your license annually by December 31st.   If you are billing for your services as an OD, you must have an active license at all times.   

Display of License

The name of the optometrist must be displayed prominently at any office where the Optometrist examines eyes.  

Duplicate License for Lost/Destroyed License or Name Change

Any licensee who loses, destroys or damages their license (or has a name change requiring a new license) may obtain a duplicate license for a fee of $10 and a notarized statement concerning the disposition of their earlier issued license. For a name change, a copy of the legal document showing pre and post names is preferred.  A form to assist you is found on the website under FAQ’s.

Licensure Information Furnished To Other States (Current & Past Licensees)

A Minnesota licensee seeking licensure in another state will routinely require MBO furnish the other licensing jurisdiction information regarding their license in Minnesota—when it was first granted, what qualifications were met, NBEO exam scores, whether discipline has ever been imposed, etc. MBO will provide this information, authenticated with the official seal of the board as is usually required by other states, for no fee at this time. Licensees requesting this service should send their request by either mail or an email with directions as to which state the Minnesota verification is to be sent.