Agencies | Governor
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Optometry
Regulations of the Virginia Board of Optometry [18 VAC 105 ‑ 20]
This action is part of the regulatory reform initiative.
Regulatory reform changes
General Information
Action Summary Amendments will: 1) clarify that an applicant who is or was licensed in another state but who does not meet the active practice requirement for endorsement may apply by examination; 2) allow approval of an applicant whose license has lapsed in another state provided he is eligible for reinstatement and has one current license; 3) allow an applicant who took the examination more than five years ago to qualify by continuing education rather than retaking the examination; 4) accept the examination required in another state at the time of initial licensure for an applicant by endorsement rather than requiring a “comparable” examination; and 5) revise renewal language to allow for electronic submissions.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Exempt from APA No, this action is subject to Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act.
RIS Project Yes  [003603]
Result of Prior Periodic Review Dated 10/16/2012
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
6488 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 01/15/2015.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Leslie L. Knachel  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)597-4130    FAX: (804)527-4471    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.