Optometry License Renewal Extension UPDATE

Optometry License Renewal Extension UPDATE

Monday, May 11, 2020 1:00 pm

UPDATED 5/11/20
Governor Eric Holcomb, in Executive Order 20-27 issued May 8, 2020, extended the expiration date of any state agency-issued license, including occupation and professional licenses, to June 4, 2020. The previous extension (Executive Order 20-09 issued on March 23, 2020) was through May 22, 2020.
 
Optometry licenses, legend drug certificates, and controlled substance registrations set to expire on April 1, 2020, are now valid through June 4, 2020. The deadline for completing continuing education required for renewal is also extended until June 4, 2020.  
 
Any CE taken now can be applied to the next licensing period (ending April 1, 2022) or to this license period (now ending June 4, 2020) if you need it. You cannot use the same CE course for credit in both periods.

The current Indiana Optometry Board waiver of the rule on the 8 hour limit of distance education credits:
The waiver of the distance education rule applies only to the license period now ending June 4, 2020. Online CE that is advertised as "live" is still defined as distance education in Indiana. The distance education limit for the 2022 renewal is still 8 hours. The order concerning the temporary waiver of the rule can be read here:  https://www.in.gov/pla/opt.htm

Indiana law does not require courses to be COPE approved in order to count for continuing education credit. Even if COPE designates an online program as "live" for the purposes of obtaining CE credit, Indiana licensees may not count more than 8 hours of online "live" CE for the 2022 renewal. Indiana's continuing education requirements are available here:  https://www.in.gov/pla/2522.htm