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Dispensing Opticians

The Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing staffs the Dispensing Optician program. The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development adopts regulations to carry out laws governing the practice of dispensing opticians in Alaska. It makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary actions against people who violate licensing laws.

Electronic Requests for License Verification

NOTE: This feature is for individuals who have registered with MY LICENSE and wish to pay the filing fee online with a credit card payment .

If you are not registered with MY LICENSE and would like information on how to register, please contact dispensingopticians@alaska.gov

  1. Submit Your Request
    • Send your Request for License Verification to: dispensingopticians@alaska.gov
    • Put the program along with your first and last name in the subject line.
    • The following information must be provided in the body of your email:
      • NAME: The name used when your professional license was last issued or renewed.
      • LICENSE NUMBER: Your professional license number.
      • SEND TO: Provide both the Board and/or Agency name along with a complete mailing address.
  2. Payment of Fees
    • You will be sent a notification email with a link to your license details page.
    • A “Make a Payment” link will be available within your license details page under “Actions”.
    • A $20 filing fee is required for each verification of license.
  3. Completed Request
    • You will be sent a notification email with a link to your license details page when the request is completed.
    • Please allow up to 10 business days for processing after submitting your payment.

If you prefer to submit a check or money order, you may mail in the Request License Verification form.

License Applications

Dispensing Optician Application for Licensure
#08-4151, Revised 06/19/19.

Dispensing Optician Apprentice Registration Application
#08-4002, Revised 01/17/2020.

Renewal Application

Dispensing Optician Biennial License Renewal
#08-4239 Revised 05/06/19.

Miscellaneous Forms

Division forms may be found in the CBPL Quick links, located in the sidebar to the right.

Statutes and Regulations

Alaska Statutes are passed by the Legislature. Regulations (also called the Alaska Administrative Code) are rules adopted by the board to implement, interpret, and make specific the statutes. Both statutes and regulations have the force of law.

AS 08.71 and regulations 12 AAC 30 specifically govern dispensing optician practice. AS 08.01 - 08.03 and regulations 12 AAC 02 apply to all professions regulated by the division.

To receive notices for proposed regulation changes, please send a request in writing (mail or email) including your name, preferred contact method, and the program you want to be updated.

Regulations Specialist
RegulationsAndPublicComment@Alaska.Gov
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, Alaska 99811-0806

Education Options for Dispensing Optician Licensure

To qualify for a dispensing optician license under AS 08.71.110(b), the Alaska Dispensing Optician Program accepts associate-level education from a recognized school or college of opticianry in lieu of training otherwise required under an apprentice registration. A recognized school or college of opticianry includes programs accepted by:

Click here for a list of recognized schools.

Information Regarding Examinations

Spectacles

  • To qualify for a dispensing optician license to dispense spectacles, you must complete the National Opticianry Competency Examination (NOCE). Click here to access the candidate handbook, or visit abo-ncle.org
  • To qualify for a dispensing optician license to dispense spectacles, you must also complete the Career Progression Program offered by the National Academy of Opticianry. Click here for more information: nao.org

Contact Lenses

  • To qualify for a dispensing optician license to dispense contact lenses, you must complete the Contact Lens Registry Examination (CLRE). Click here to access the candidate handbook, or visit abo-ncle.org
  • To qualify for a dispensing optician license to dispense contact lenses, you must also complete the Contact Lens Manual: Volume 1 study and reference guide provided by the Contact Lens Society of America. Click here for more information: clsa.info

Contact Information

Emily Mesch, Licensing Examiner
Phone: (907) 465-2541
E-mail: DispensingOpticians@Alaska.Gov
PO Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806