Most states require verification of your Minnesota license. Go online to the home page and complete the Verify a License request. A fee of $50.00 for each verification is required to review your file, and submit the required information to the state referenced. If the state requires their 'own form', the OD can submit a check and written request to proceed. The license verification will be sent within 72 hours of the receipt of the request.
If you misplace, lose or damage the renewal certificate card (3x5) you may request an replacement renewal card.
Minnesota Statutes 319B, The Professional Firms Act requires that any Optometrist that is organized as a corporation, a limited liability partnership, or a limited liability company must register with the Board (filed under 302A, 317A, or 322B). If you are unsure about which category your professional firm falls under, you may find your business information using the Secretary of State's website by searching via your practice name.
Please see the professional firms page on our website for more information and registration forms.
Background: The Minnesota Legislature approved a medical marijuana-medical cannabis law in 2014. Patients with a qualifying medical condition and a prescription order from a defined health care practitioner may legally obtain medical cannabis beginning July 1, 2015. Currently, Minnesota laws do not include Licensed Optometrists within the health care practitioner definitions or those authorized to diagnose a qualifying medical condition.
Minnesota Statutes 152.22; Enacted July 1, 2014
"Health care practitioner" means a Minnesota licensed doctor of medicine, a Minnesota licensed physician assistant acting within the scope of authorized practice, or a Minnesota licensed advanced practice registered nurse who has the primary responsibility for the care and treatment of the qualifying medical condition of a person diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition.
"Qualifying medical condition" means a diagnosis of any of the following conditions:
(1) cancer, if the underlying condition or treatment produces one or more of the following:
(i) severe or chronic pain;
(ii) nausea or severe vomiting; or
(iii) cachexia or severe wasting;
(3) human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome;
(4) Tourette's syndrome;
(5) amyotrophic lateral sclerosis;
(6) seizures, including those characteristic of epilepsy;
(7) severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis;
(8) Crohn's disease;
(9) terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of under one year, if the illness or its treatment produces one or more of the following:
(i) severe or chronic pain;
(ii) nausea or severe vomiting; or
(iii) cachexia or severe wasting; or
(10) any other medical condition or its treatment approved by the commissioner.
Once NBEO receives your official transcript notifying them of your successful completion of the Doctor of Optometry degree, they release your scores to all five jurisdictions that you listed when you applied to the NBEO. Applicants will also be notified when the scores are received as they are recorded in your Minnesota Board of Optometry (MBO) electronic file and you are automatically notified of all updates, indicating MBO accepting the official NBEO results.
The Minnesota Board of Optometry discussed the significant capabilities of using the OE Tracker system to document OE Tracker, mindful of two principles:
1) the centralized electronic recording of Continuing Education is the most accurate and efficient, achieving a seamless final record for Optometrists, CE Sponsors and the board staff, and
2) OD’s will find value in the system and voluntarily participate, rather than a mandate. At this time, a majority of Minnesota OD's are enrolled, however some choose to not participate in OE Tracker. By not enrolling, there are limitations to viewing the accumulated CE during the Minnesota renewal cycle only and the non-enrolled Minnesota OD must track PAPER certificates to provide the evidence for license renewal.
Total Continuing Education for Two year period
Subcategories: Not to Exceed
Correspondence or Internet (non-live)
Beginning in July, 2013, The Minnesota Board endorsed the use of OE Tracker and all documented Continuing Education clock hours are recorded into the single location at OE Tracker. OE Tracker allows for both Council of Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) nationally approved and Non-COPE (Minnesota approved CE) to be uploaded into the OE Tracker account. They are entered once approved by the accrediting body and the attendance validated by the sponsor via two methods:
1. COPE Approved: are sent in directly by the CE Sponsor or by the OD , if you are enrolled and the vendor does not submit them. The Board encourages you to ask the vendor to send the documented attendance directly to OE Tracker.
2. Minnesota Approved only will be validated with an identifier such as (MN14-001-XX) and sent in by the Minnesota CE sponsor, Minnesota Board of Optometry or the OD.
· As you attend approved Continuing Education events, please verify with the sponsor that they have submitted your attendance validation to COPE. You will no longer need to keep track of any paper certificates, nor any record keeping through OE Tracker for your Minnesota license.
· If you are submitting CE from an organized volunteer program, (ie VOSH), presenting at a national seminar or academic presentations for CE credit, an ‘Application for Experiential CE Approval ‘is found on the Minnesota website. For those options, the Minnesota Board will approve/deny and send in the approval directly to OE Tracker. Please complete those within 21 days of the event to avoid any unnecessary delays.
If you are enrolled in OE Tracker, merely, scan and email, fax or mail a copy of the certificate to OE Tracker and it will be added to your OE Tracker record.
The Contact information is:
email directly to OE Tracker coordinator email@example.com
Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry
200 South College Street, Suite 2030
Charlotte, NC 28202
The Minnesota Board of Optometry recognizes the American Heart Association (AHA) CPR courses within the scope of practice for continuing competency for Optometrists. A maximum of four hours is approved within the OE Tracker system for Minnesota OD's. For subscribing OE Tracker members, merely send a copy of your card or certificate of attendance directly to OE Tracker.
For non-subscribing OE Tracker members, you must provide the AHA documentation of completion to the board. The board staff will assign a unique Minnesota identifier CE number and send it in directly to OE Tracker near the end of the renewal cycle each year.
The following is the recent policy change information from ARBO about OE Tracker accounts.
Te following is the memo regarding Minnesota Optometry Statutes and Rules prohibiting Fee Splitting and Social Media.
The following is the official guiding document for the ever changing practice of Optometry. It provides guidance by answering those questions as found in statute, Scope of Practice Questions yes to 1-6 no to all others.
The MBO directs you to the Federal Trade Commission for the federal law pertaining to Contact Lens and Eyeglasses. A list of frequently asked questions is another great reference. Both provide federal guidelines with the Minnesota Board of Optometry as the state authority on this issue for Optometrists. Minnesota created additional language for Contact Lens Prescriptions found in Minnesota Statutes 145.712.
Minnesota Statutes 169.71 offers guidance on the laws pertaining to windshield glazing materials or window tinting. This statute was created to ensure safety for the peace officers visibility of car occupants is in the Department of Public Safety statute.
For OE Tracker enrolled Optometrists: CE Sponsors will be forwarding validation of your attendance to OE Tracker for COPE approved CE. For non-COPE approved, Minnesota will accept when verified as a meeting Minnesota requirements and will contact the OD only when sponsor validation is unknown. There is no reason to issue a paper copy of the CE anymore for those using OE Tracker. The board considers continuing education recorded once it's officially entered into OE Tracker.
For non-enrolled OD's, you will need to maintain a paper copy of all CE submitted to renew your license.
By using OE Tracker, the board has assurance that your attendance has been validated. There is no need to request an individual audit when using the OE Tracker system.
ARBO and COPE:
The Minnesota Board of Optometry is encouraging all approved CE sponsors to forward your earned continuing education directly to OE Tracker. Once entered, the Minnesota Board accepts the entered CE as official documentation of your CE. If you are an OE Tracker Subscriber and have a certificate of attendance from non-COPE approved sponsor, you may mail, scan, or fax the copy of the certificate directly to:
Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry
200 South College St., Suite 2030
* Note new suite number *
All licenses expire on December 31st. Minnesota Statute 148.603(22) states, "The board may impose disciplinary action against any optometrist practicing a board-regulated profession under lapsed or non-renewed credentials".
If you provide services to patients as an OD, you must have an active license. The Minnesota Board allows a six month period to complete CE if you contact the board with a hardship case to be continuously licensed. This means that an expired license renewed within six months will not be required to meet current applicant license or payment requirements. No Minnesota licensed Optometrist may see patients in Minnesota with a lapsed or non-renewed license.
All approved continuing education is submitted to OE Tracker and all Minnesota Optometrists can review their CE when renewing their license by proceeding through the renewal log in and exited prior to the payment page. For those OD's who track their continuing education through out the year, consideration may be warranted to enroll for year round access at www.arbo.org. For an annual fee of $20.00 paid to ARBO, all certificates are consolidated and easily tracked for the renewal of the Minnesota license. The fee also allows you to better manage and track CE throughout the year as once it is entered into OE Tracker the Minnesota Board determines it as an official CE, meaning you no longer need to keep a paper copy of any certificate. The board desires to have a 100% audit rate for all Continuing Education.
For Minnesota Optometrists who are not enrolled in OE Tracker, you will need to maintain documentation of all paper certificates and submit copies to renew your license.