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Dispensing Opticians

Due to multiple recent vacancies on staff and increased COVID-related workloads, we are currently unable to return calls and emails within our normal processing times. Our primary focus is on reviewing and issuing licenses. If you have applied for licensure, please check the MY LICENSE online portal for real-time updates on the progress of your application. Answers to most other questions can be located using the links on the right-hand side of the page. Thank you for your patience while we attend to these priorities, and we will respond to your inquiry within five business days.

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.

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6 numbers
OR
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If you have an alpha-numeric license number, you must enter all of the characters in order to renew online. EXAMPLE: ABCD1234

MY LICENSE Online Renewal

Please use our convenient MY LICENSE online renewal application. In most cases your license will be renewed immediately. Due to a heavy volume of renewal activities, processing time for renewal applications received by mail may take up to 4-6 weeks.

If you have not registered, follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit the MY LICENSE customer home page at: ProfessionalLicense.Alaska.Gov/MYLICENSE
  2. If you have an existing myAlaska account, enter your account information. If not, please create an account. You will be redirected to the MY LICENSE customer home page.
  3. Under Access an Existing License, enter your license number and Web Authorization Code, if one has been provided. This information is on your renewal notice.
  4. To renew your license, simply select the license you wish to renew from the Professional Licensing section.

License Applications

Renewal Application

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

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