Board of Optometry - Apply For a New License
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The document below explains the required steps to complete the application process. While the process has several steps many of the requirements can be done simultaneously. Best practice to apply online.
Documents may be submitted electronically to the Board office. The Board’s fax number is 515-281-3121. Emailed documents should go to email@example.com .
To expedite processing a new license request, take advantage of our secure online application.
Applications are reviewed by Board staff as soon as possible, in the order received, typically within 5 business days.
- Refer to the Application Guidelines above to determine what steps you can complete while awaiting review.
- Once your application is reviewed, you will receive an email with an attached letter indicating what additional information is required to approve the license.
The rules below describe the application process for Optometry.
Scroll down in the Fees Rules to the name of this board to find the application fee
Due to COVID-19, paper applications will not be processed at this time. Click here to apply, renew, or reactivate online. For questions about username and password, please call the State of Iowa Service Desk at 515-281-5703 or 800-532-1174. For assistance with the online application contact 515-281-0254.
American Optometric Association
243 North Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
Tel: (202) 712-9040 or (800) 365-2219
Fax: (314) 991-4101
Iowa Optometric Association
Gary D. Ellis, Director
1454 30th St. Suite 204
West Des Moines, IA 50266-1312
Tel: (515) 222-5679 or (800) 444-1772
Fax: (515) 222-9073
National Board of Examiners in Optometry
Tel: (800) 969-3926