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*Please note: To practice in North Carolina you must take and pass our licensing exam, we do not have a reciprocity/endorsement policy.*

*If you are a military applicant applying for licensure under GS 93B-15.1 please see Military Applicants page*

Be sure to review the following pages for more detailed information about the exam and applicant requirements:

Examination Dates

Applicant Information

NBEO Requirements

Preparation Instructions and Study Guide


  • Submitted by Application deadline:

    • Completed application

    • Photograph

  • Submitted by Completion deadline:

    • All supporting documentation

      • Birth Certificate (photocopy accepted)

      • Qualifying NBEO Scores

      • Request official documents from your institution be sent to samantha@ncoptometry.org:

        • Optometry college/university transcripts showing date degree was conferred (official). i.e. you must have already graduated with your O.D. degree to apply for this exam

        • Pre-optometry college/university transcripts (official)

  • All required documentation must be on file in the Board Office no later than the Completed Application Deadline. Any applications that are incomplete at the time of the Completion Deadline will be ineligible for the examination applied for and will be refunded or, that applicant may request, in writing, that his/her application be held one time only until the next regularly scheduled examination.

  • An applicant who by reason of accident, illness or other good and sufficient cause, may upon proper certification to the Board of the cause of the withdrawal, request that his/her application be carried forward, one time only, to the next regularly scheduled examination. Applicants who do not appear at their designated time for examination forfeit the examination fee and their application is voided.

  • Applicants whose applications are approved will be notified and furnished appropriate details concerning their examination and scheduling shortly after the Completion Deadline