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NEW RULES FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL

Effective August 5, 2014, the Optical Dispensers Board (Board) adopted new rules for military members, military veterans and their spouses related to the initial licensure and licensure renewal of a spectacle dispensing optician license.
(4726-5-06 Ohio Administrative Code.)

If you or your spouse is a veteran or current member of the Armed Forces of the United States, the following information is provided to help you in obtaining an initial Ohio license as a spectacle dispensing optician, and when renewing your Ohio license.

Definitions
"Armed Forces of the United States" means the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or any reserve component of those forces. It also includes the National Guard of any state, the commissioned corps of the United States Public Health Service, the Merchant Marine Service (during wartime), or the Ohio Organized Militia when engaged in full-time national guard duty for a period of more than thirty (30) days.

"Member" means any person who is currently serving in the armed forces of the United States.

"Veteran" means any person who has completed service in the armed forces, including the national guard of any state, or reserve component of the armed forces who has been discharged under honorable conditions as evidenced by the DD-214

Eligibility for Licensure
Applicants must have completed the Tri-service Optician School (TOPS) and have served for a minimum of eighteen (18) months in one of the following military primary specialties:

Army: Optical Laboratory Specialist (MOS-6th)
Navy: Optician (HM-8463); or,
Air Force: Optometry (4V0X1).

In addition, individuals must take and pass the American Board of Opticianry (ABO) national qualifying exam within three (3) years of the application for initial licensure.

Application for Licensure
All applications for licensure must be accompanied by documentation acceptable to the Board of the above listed information, and:

  • Application fee of $50
  • Evidence of a criminal records check by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCII) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) completed within six (6) months of the submission of the application.

Annual Renewal of License
A licensee whose license expired due to active military service may have the license renewed at the usual cost without penalty or re-examination, provided that the licensee is not otherwise disqualified due to mental or physical disability.
Please note: this provision does NOT extend the expiration date of a license-it only allows for the renewal of an expired license without penalty. If you are required to have an active license for your military position, you will need to renew your license prior to the expiration date of that license. If you will be deployed prior to the opening of the license renewal period, please contact the Board to make arrangements to renew your license early.

A licensee who is a member of the armed forces and has served on active duty greater than thirty-one (31) days may submit an application requesting an extension of the current continuing education (CE) reporting period based on acceptable documentation certifying the length of the current active duty. The Board may extend the current CE reporting period by an amount of time equal to the number of months spent in active duty.

The above provisions also apply to a spouse of an individual serving in the Armed Forces of the United States whose service resulted in the licensee's absence from Ohio.

The Board may also consider the licensee's training, military education and service when determining if the active duty licensee has fulfilled the continuing education requirements.

RENEWALS WILL NOT BE GRANTED UNLESS THE VETERAN
OR THE SPOUSE OF A VETERAN HAS PRESENTED SATISFACTORY EVIDENCE OF DUTY, SUCH AS THE DD-214, WITHIN SIX (6) MONTHS AFTER THE DISCHARGE OR RELEASE FROM DUTY.

Questions?

Contact Nancy Manns
614-466-9707
nmanns@odb.ohio.gov


   
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