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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


  • Returned by Application deadline:
    • Completed application, notarized in two places
    • passport size photograph affixed to the first page
    • Check made payable to NC Board of Optometry in the amount of $800
  • Returned by Completion deadline:
    • All supporting documentation
      • Birth Certificate (photocopy accepted)
      • 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)
      • Qualifying NBEO Scores