License Application Forms

Important Notice: DO NOT use Form 1 if you are already licensed in this profession in New York State. A New York State professional license is valid for life unless it is revoked, annulled, or suspended by the Board of Regents. To practice in New York State, your professional license must be registered. To renew your registration online, visit www.op.nysed.gov/renewalinfo.htm. If your registration has lapsed, contact us to request a Delayed Registration Application, or call 518-474-3817 Ext. 570.

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Form 1 - Application for Licensure ( PDF 42 KB)
All applicants for licensure must complete this form and submit it with the $108 licensure and first registration fee directly to the Office of the Professions at the mailing address at the bottom of Form 1. Make checks payable to the New York State Education Department. NOTE: Your cancelled check is your receipt.

You must answer all questions and provide all information requested unless otherwise indicated. Failure to complete all required parts of the application will delay its review. Your signature on Form 1 must be notarized by a notary public.

Change Address or Name  - You are required to notify us within 30 days of any address or name changes. Please read the instructions to request this change.

Form 2 - Certification of Professional Education in Ophthalmic Dispensing - ( PDF 25 KB)
This form must be submitted directly by the educational institution you attended.

  • Section I: Complete this section of the form before sending it to your school. Be sure to sign and date item 7.
  • Section II: The Registrar or appropriate school official must complete this section and return the form in a school envelope directly to the Office of the Professions at the mailing address at the end of the form.

NOTE: For programs that are not registered by the New York State Education Department as licensure qualifying, or, if outside New York State, not accredited by the Commission on Opticianry Accreditation (COA), an official transcript and a syllabus of the course of study must be included.

Electronic Transcript Service

The Office of the Professions (OP) will accept official electronic transcripts from educational institutions (i.e. colleges/universities) or designated third-party* transcript entities located in the United States provided that:

  • The transcript is the certified true and official academic record and the document does NOT have an expiration date**.
  • OP can independently verify that the transcript is received directly from the educational institution’s registrar or officially designated third-party.
  • If a third-party transcript provider is involved, it is clear that the educational institution has designated the third party as the official sole provider of its transcripts.
  • The applicant had no opportunity to directly access or alter the transcript before it is sent or transmitted.
  • Any educational institution transcript submissions should be made electronically to DPLSEduc@nysed.gov***.

*OP will only accept third-party submissions after we have determined that the arrangement between the educational institution and the third party is consistent with our security and verification standards.

**Transcript documents with expiration dates cannot be accepted. Expirations on links to the document are acceptable.

***Do NOT use this email to submit a question, as we will be unable to provide a response. Submit a Contact Us Form for questions regarding specific applications or to check the status of a licensure application.

Form 3 - Certification of Ophthalmic Dispensing Licensure in Another Jurisdiction - ( PDF 24 KB)
This is only required for applicants licensed in another state or U.S. territory.

This form must be submitted directly by the licensing authority.

  • Section I: Complete this section of the form before sending it to the licensing authority of each jurisdiction in which you are or have been licensed as an ophthalmic dispenser. Be sure to sign and date item 8.
  • Section II: The licensing authority must complete this section, sign, date and return the form directly to the Office of the Professions at the mailing address at the end of the form.

Form 4 - Certification of Trainee Experience in Ophthalmic Dispensing And/Or Contact Lens Dispensing - (If applicable, PDF 15 KB)
If you have completed a two-year training program in ophthalmic dispensing approved by the New York State Education Department or a one-year training program in contact lens dispensing approved by the Department, complete Section I of this form and submit it to the individuals(s) who supervised your trainee experience. They must then complete Section II and submit the form directly to the Office of the Professions at the address at the end of the form.

Additional Required Documentation

Applicants for ophthalmic dispensing licensure who have met the professional education requirement through an approved traineeship must also submit a certificate from the National Academy of Opticianry documenting completion of the Career Progression Program. In addition, the Department must have on file a high school transcript documenting completion of one year of mathematics such as algebra or geometry.

Applicants for certification in contact lens dispensing who have met the professional education requirement through an approved traineeship must also submit a certificate from the Contact Lens Society of America documenting completion of the Contact Lens Study Manual.

These certificates must be submitted directly by the issuing organization and will not be accepted if submitted by the applicant.

Form 5 - Application for Limited Permit - (If applicable) ( PDF 31 KB)
If you are seeking a limited permit, complete Section I and have your supervisor complete and sign Section II, and submit it with the $35 fee for a limited permit in ophthalmic dispensing and/or the $35 fee for a limited permit in contact lens dispensing to the address indicated at the end of the form. You must meet all other requirements for licensure, except the examination requirement, to be eligible for a limited permit. (This includes filing the Form 1 and licensure application fee.)
 
Form 5T - Application for Trainee Permit - ( PDF 54 KB)
Only use this form if you are applying for a Trainee Permit in Ophthalmic Dispensing and/or Contact Lens Dispensing

Complete this form and submit it with a $30 fee for the ophthalmic dispensing trainee permit and/or a $30 fee for the contact lens trainee permit directly to the Office of the Professions at the address at the end of the form. Please note that this form includes separate attestation sections for supervisors of ophthalmic dispensing trainees and contact lens dispensing trainees. A social security number is not required for a permit. If you do not have one, leave the item blank.

Documentation Of Enrollment In A Training Program

If you are seeking a trainee permit in ophthalmic dispensing, you must have the National Academy of Opticianry send us a letter indicating your purchase and enrollment in the Career Progression Program.

If you are seeking a trainee permit in contact lens dispensing, you must have the Contact Lens Society of America send a letter indicating your purchase and enrollment in the Contact Lens Study Manual program.

Documentation Of High School And Mathematics Completion

If you are applying for an ophthalmic dispensing trainee permit, you must ask your high school to send a copy of your high school transcript documenting completion of one year of mathematics such as algebra or geometry directly to:

The New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Ophthalmic Dispensing Unit
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234-1000.

Completion of general or business math will not meet this requirement.

NOTE: The Office of the Professions will not accept a high school transcript if it is submitted by the applicant.

Last Updated: November 13, 2019