Contact Information

License Application Status | Education Credentials from Non-approved Programs | Licensing Examination | Practice Issues and Continuing Education | Professional Misconduct and Discipline | General Customer Service

License Application Status

Find the status of your license application by checking our online license verifications; your name will be added immediately when your license number is issued. You may also contact:

NY State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Ophthalmic Dispensing Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
518-474-3817, ext. 250 (voice)
518-402-5354 (fax)
opunit1@mail.nysed.gov

Please provide your name, social security number, date of birth, and the name of the profession in any correspondence.


Education Credentials from Non-approved Programs

If you have questions about acceptable documentation to verify education completed outside the U.S. or in non-approved programs, contact:

NY State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Bureau of Comparative Education
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
518-474-3817, ext. 300 (voice)
518-486-2966 (fax)
comped@mail.nysed.gov


Licensing Examination

Licensing examinations for ophthalmic dispensers and contact lens dispensers are administered by:

American Board of Opticianry
National Contact Lens Examiners
6506 Loisdale Road, Suite 209
Springfield, VA 22150
800-296-1379 or 703-719-5800 (voice)
www.abo-ncle.org External Link Icon

Capitol Hill Testing Service
90 State Street
Suite 1009
Albany, NY 12207
800-724-8633 or 518-462-6805 (voice)


Practice Issues and Continuing Education

For answers to questions concerning practice issues or continuing education requirements, contact:

NY State Education Department
Office of the Professions
State Board for Ophthalmic Dispensing
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
518-474-3817, ext. 180 (voice)
518-402-5944 (fax)
odbd@mail.nysed.gov


Professional Misconduct and Discipline

This site contains information concerning professional misconduct, including how to file a complaint and search for disciplinary actions taken against licensees.


General Customer Service

Office of the Professions staff are available from 8:30 am to 4:45 pm, Eastern time, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

NY State Education Department
Office of the Professions
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234-1000
518-474-3817, ext. 570 (voice)
518-473-1426 (TDD/TTY)
518-474-1449 (fax)
op4info@mail.nysed.gov

Last Updated: April 8, 2014