Arizona Statutes and Rules Books for exam and practice: Booklet
Thank you for your interest in becoming a licensed optometrist in the great state of Arizona!
Please review the following and apply under the terms in which you qualify.
To facilitate the timely processing of all applications, please allow 5 days after receipt of your application before calling for a status of your application. Status of your license application will be provided only to the applicant or to one representative as designated in writing by the applicant.
Licensure requirements are established by statute and rule and cannot be waived by the Board.
REGULAR APPLICANTS: The Board accepts Parts I, II & III of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examination taken within 10 years from the application submission date. There is no state practical exam. Therefore, the only additional testing currently required for regular applicants is the Jurisprudence examination. The exam is administered on the first Friday of each month. You may take the Jurisprudence exam at any time during the application process. Please review A.R.S. §32-1722 and A.A.C. R4-21-201 for applicant requirements for licensure.
ENDORSEMENT APPLICANTS: You are eligible for and must apply as endorsement if you are practicing at least four out of the last five years in the same jurisdiction AND are coming from a state that has an equal or higher scope of practice as Arizona (and you are practicing at that level). If you are coming from a state that does not have an equal or higher scope of practice, you may utilize the CELMO certificate through ARBO to meet the Endorsement application requirements. Endorsement applicants are required to take and pass the Jurisprudence examination. The exam is administered on the first Friday of each month. You may take the Jurisprudence exam at any time during the application process. Please review A.R.S. §32-1723 and A.A.C. R4-21-202 for applicant requirements for licensure.
If you have any questions, please contact Paula Hollins, Licensing Administrator at (602) 542-8164.
NEW APPLICANT FEE WAIVER INFORMATION:
If you feel you are below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, you may apply for a waiver of some or all of your application and license fees. (See amount here: http://familiesusa.org/product/federal-poverty-guidelines) Also, you must have filed a tax return to be eligible for consideration of the waiver.
See attached form and requirements; requests must be submitted prior to applying for licensure in Arizona.