State Board of Optometry

The State Board of Optometry is responsible for regulating the practice and licensure of optometry in Pennsylvania.

The State Board of Optometry is responsible for regulating the practice and licensure of optometry in Pennsylvania. The Board grants initial licensure to qualified optometrists and certifies eligible licensees in the use of certain therapeutic drugs. The Board also investigates complaints against practitioners and is responsible for imposing disciplinary sanctions against those who violate the Optometric Practice and Licensure Act (Act 57 of 1980). The Board has further promulgated regulations concerning professional and business practice standards, continuing education and licensure requirements.

Board Laws and Regulations


Law - Act 57 of 1980 (PDF)


Schedule of Civil Penalties

Federal "Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act" - 2004 (PDF)

Occupational Therapy Act 30 of 2004 (PDF)

Act 225 of 2002 (Glaucoma) (PDF)

Statement of Policy - "Individual Study" (PDF)

Examination Information

National Board Scores - Parts 1, 2A & 2B or BS (1) and CS (2) and Clinical Skills/VRICS examination, or PC (3) and the TMOD for therapeutic licenses.

Contact National Board of Examiners in Optometry, 200 S. College Street, Suite 2010, Charlotte, NC 28202, (704) 332-9565, e-mail address is

Contact us

Call us

Toll Free: 1-833-DOS-BPOA

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Email us

ST-OPTOMETRY@PA.GOV - Note: This mailbox is reserved for receipt of documentation specific to letters of good standing, exam information, disciplinary documents, transcripts and other education or employment verifications, and any other outside agency or related communications.

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Mailing address

State Board of Optometry P.O. Box 2649 Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649

Mailing address

Physical address

2525 N 7th Street Harrisburg, PA 17110

Physical Address

Get support

To contact the Board with general or application questions or assistance related to your license, application and/or for any technical support pertaining to the PA Licensing System known as PALS, please reference the link below.

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Courier address

PA Dept of State, Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs Attn: State Board of Optometry 2 Technology Park Harrisburg, PA 17110-2919

Courier address

Please note that neither the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide legal advice or advisory opinions, including interpretations of the law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any given case or scenario.  You are invited to contact a private attorney or professional organization for advice or guidance.