Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Optometry
Regulations of the Virginia Board of Optometry [18 VAC 105 ‑ 20]
Inactive licenses
Action 5006
General Information
Action Summary In response to a petition for rulemaking, the Board has decided to promulgate regulations to issue inactive licenses. The intent is to allow licensees who are no longer practicing, either because they have located to another state or have retired, to place their Virginia licenses in an inactive status, which will allow them to reactivate should they decide to resume practice.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005434]
Associated Petitions for Rulemaking Inactive licensure
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
8224 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 09/05/2018.
8460 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 08/23/2019.
8817 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/04/2020.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Leslie L. Knachel  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)597-4130    FAX: (804)793-9145    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.