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General Questions

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How can I become a Board member?

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Board members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. For more information about Gubernatorial Appointments, please visit the Governors website

Q:

Who can attend Board meetings?

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All Board meetings are open to the public and you are encouraged to attend.


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How can I get a Board agenda?

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You may request to be placed on the Boards Interested Parties list. The Board routinely sends out Agenda Outlines to interested parties 7-10 days prior to an upcoming board meeting. Copies of the full "public" agenda are also available, but are subject to a duplication fee.

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How can I file a complaint against a licensee?

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You may print the Complaint Form from our website or call (850) 488-0595 or (850) 414-1976 to request one by mail.

To file a complaint on a non-medical related business or profession, please visit the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

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How can I check if someone is licensed?

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You may use our License Look-Up Search Screen. The best results often occur when the system receives the least amount of information. This will take you to practitioner reported information about their education, specialty certification, etc.

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How can I get a list of licensee information?

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To obtain an electronic listing of active and inactive licensee’s mailing addresses and license status for DOH/MQA regulated professions use our Licensee Data Information service. Please note: The department does not maintain email addresses, fax or telephone numbers in the normal course of business.


Continuing Education Questions

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How many hours are required to renew my license?

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20 hours every biennium.

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How many hours are required for laws and rules?

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2 hours.

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How many hours are required related to the Technical practice of Opticianry?

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11 hours.

Q:

If I go inactive will I still need to obtain continuing education?

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Yes, proof will be required upon reactivation.

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What are the continuing education requirements to reactivate my license?

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20 hours for every biennium you are inactive with applicable fees.

Q:

How many home study hours can you obtain in a biennium?

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5 hours per biennium.

Q:

Are Opticians required to take an HIV/AIDS courses?

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Yes, one hour only on the 1st renewal.

Q:

I am Board Certified to dispense contact lens, how many technical contact lens hours must I obtain for renewal?

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4 hours.


Inactive Status Questions

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How long can my license be on inactive status?

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Indefinitely, provided the licensee requests and pays for inactive status at the beginning of each renewal cycle.


Applicant Questions

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How soon after an apprentice completes the required 6,240 hours of an apprenticeship must they apply for the State Board examination?

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Apprentices do not have a limited time in which to apply for examinations; they may apply at any time upon the completion of their apprenticeship. (Passing of the ABO and NCLE are required to be considered eligible for the State Board examinations.)

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How soon after passing the examination must I pay the initial licensure fee?

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The initial licensure fee must be paid within one year of successfully passing the examination. If the required fee is not paid within one year, you must re-apply, re-take, and re-pass the State Board Examination.

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Does Florida have reciprocity with any other states?

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No. All applicants must take the Florida State Board Examination. They must also meet the requirements to be certified eligible to sit for the examination.