COVID-19 Guidance and Best Practices
For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, including information on best practices, licensure waivers, and recommended guidelines, please go to coronavirus.dc.gov.
Closure of Walk In Services
Due to ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately, the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is implementing a 100% telework policy and will be available for mail services only. No walk-ins or appointments are allowed. If you are already in contact with a Health Licensing Specialist (HLS), please forward any documents to said HLS via email.
If you require assistance from the Board of Optometry, please contact [email protected].
In response to COVID-19, DC Health has waived all licensure requirements for practitioners who are licensed in good standing in another jurisdiction. You can read more about the waiver process HERE.
Virtual Board Meetings
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all board meetings will be held virtually during the declared public health emergency. Information on how to access the public portion of the meeting is listed on the Open Session Agenda.
The Board of Optometry regulates the practice of optometry in DC. The Board advises the Mayor and enforces the law. The Board also evaluates applicants' qualifications and administers exams, recommends standards and procedures, and issues licenses. The Board receives and reviews complaints; requests investigations; conducts hearings, issues subpoenas, examines witnesses, and administers oaths; and issues an annual report.
The Mayor appoints the board members, including the chair. The Board consists of five DC residents: four optometrists (who have been engaged in practice for at least three years) and one consumer. The consumer is at least 18 years old, not a health professional or in training to become one, and may have no household members involved in providing health care. Licenses expire on September 30 to March 31 of odd years.
Note: Complete applications are reviewed by the Board of Optometry in-between quarterly meetings. If a completed application reaches the Board during the month of a meeting, it will be reviewed during that meeting.
The Board meets quarterly on the third Thursday. Please note that meeting dates can change. In 2020, the Board plans to meet on the following dates:
- January 16
- April 30
- July 16 (Virtual Meeting)
- October 15
Application Package Documents