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
Action 3912
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.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [003603]
Result of Prior Periodic Review Filed 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: Kelli Moss  / Acting Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)597-4077    FAX: (804)793-9145    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.