The home page has the electronic 'Initial Application for First License online application which allows you to create your application for your initial license. Staff will review the content and typically within 48 hours will email you a list a 'validation' requirements, such as College of Optometry transcript, two references, and NBEO examination scores. Once submitted, a check mark indicates acceptance. The downloadable paper application is also available. Instructions to complete the paper and online application is found under Applicants.
When signing up for the examination, you are provided different options to notify various jurisdictions/states. Once NBEO has received your official transcript notifying them that you have obtained your Doctor of Optometry, they release your scores to all jurisdictions that were previously identified in the application. Applicants will contact NBEO at all times to release the examination scores even if requesting a license at a later date.
Once NBEO receives your official transcript notifying them of your successful completion of the Doctor of Optometry degree, they release your scores to all five jurisdictions that you listed when you applied to the NBEO. Applicants will also be notified when the scores are received as they are recorded in your Minnesota Board of Optometry (MBO) electronic file and you are automatically notified of all updates, indicating MBO accepting the official NBEO results.
All items must be completed to receive your initial license. Most applicants complete the NBEO and Minnesota exams, have applied with all requirements (i.e. recommendations, undergraduate transcript etc) completed and as soon as the MBO and NBEO receive the official OD transcript, the initial license can be granted. MBO has delegated authority to staff to complete routine applications and the license is granted within 48 hours of all andlsquo;clean applications. If the application is required to go before the board, the quarterly meeting schedule is posted on the board website. The website identifies all 'active' licenses. As soon as the board staff physically prints the license, the online validation of the license is updated with the license number, active status and the license expiration date.