Initial Applicants

Application Requirements

To be eligible and qualify for a Texas Therapeutic Optometric License (See Section 351.254 of the Texas Optometry Act and Board Rule 271.2) an applicant must:

  • have graduated from an approved, accredited college of optometry (or be in the last semester);
  • taken and passed, or plan to take and pass, Parts I, II, and III of the NBEO (Part III on or after June, 1994);
  • taken and passed, or plan to take and pass, the TMOD administered by the NBEO on or after January 1985;
  • be of good moral character; and
  • be of majority age

Note: If you graduated prior to January 1, 1991, or haven’t taken the required NBEO exams use this link.


Military, Veterans, and Military Spouses 

See this page first.


Application Requirements

An application is complete when the Optometry Board has received:

  • completed application and fee
  • official transcript(s) directly from optometry school showing awarding of O.D. degree
  • transcripts from all colleges attended (copy acceptable)
  • proof of residency (copy of US birth certificate, Real ID drivers license, Permanent Resident Card, Employment Authorization card)
  • Copy of document changing name (if applicable)
  • passing scores on NBEO Parts I, II, III and the TMOD
  • passing score on the Texas Jurisprudence Exam
  • criminal background check (See Fingerprint Information)
  • if licensed in another state, license verifications from states in which licensed
  • self query ordered from the National Practitioner’s Databank (NPDB)
  • proof of successful completion of a CPR or BLS certification that is not-expired
  • additional explanatory documents, if required by the application instructions

Click Here for Online Application

Click Here for Paper Application

Optometric Glaucoma Specialist: Once licensed, doctors may complete the requirements for an optometric glaucoma specialist license.