STEP 1: Click on the link below to apply online:
STEP 2: Choose the “New User” area after clicking the link above. Follow the directions to sign up and register for an online account.
STEP 3: Once registered, you will see “Start a New Application”. Choose “Texas Optometry Board” from the first pulldown menu and then either “Acceptance Application” or “LWOE Acceptance Application” from the second pulldown menu. Note: If you have taken Part III of the NBEO after June 1994, “Acceptance Application” is the choice for you. If you haven’t, then “LWOE” may be your option (please see the area of our website HERE).
STEP 4: Follow the directions to complete your license application and pay the application fee. There will be an area to upload attachments of documents for cursory review, but remember that you may also be required to mail in certain original documents. Required original documents include the following: Page 3 of the paper application (your signature), official birth certificate, passport-quality photos, and NPBD report (in sealed envelope from NPDB). The following documents may be submitted via mail or sent by email if sent directly from the originating source: Page 4 (certification of school if still in the last semester) of the paper application and official transcripts (directly from institutions). Link to Paper Application & Instructions
Important Notice: Incomplete applications will not be accepted and will be returned.
STEP 5: Register with the NBEO to take the Jurisprudence Examination on or before application deadline.
Important Notice: All fees associated with the application and examination process are non-transferable and non-refundable. Once the application is accepted, fees cannot be refunded if there is a failure to complete the application process.
STEP 6: Take the Jurisprudence Examination and submit any required additional documents. Submit fingerprints as instructed on this website — the link is at the bottom of this page.
- Applications: must be received in the Texas Optometry Board office on or before the application deadline. Exams are offered each month for a period of two weeks. There are deadlines for each exam: applicants must chose an exam period and submit an application on or before the deadline of the applicable registration window.
- Jurisprudence Examination: applicants must also register on or before the application deadline with the NBEO to take the Texas Jurisprudence Exam (an on-line exam administered by the NBEO). There is a NBEO registration fee. This registration and fee is separate from any other NBEO exam registration or Texas Optometry Board application fee. The online exam administered by the NBEO may be taken at any time during the period beginning with the start date and ending two weeks later. All exams must be completed before the end date. Study materials for the exam are on this website