Mission Statement

To help protect the public health, safety and welfare through the licensure and regulation of the practice of optometry in Idaho.

Welcome to the Board's webpage! Information and announcements will be posted here. Please click the links on the left for specific areas of interest.

 NOTICE TO CONSUMERS: to review information regarding medical devices (contact lenses) please click here.


Licensing Freedom Act

Executive Order 2017-06 required State agencies to submit a report to the Office of the Governor no later than July 1, 2018. The report was to assess whether the licensure requirements are necessary and in the public interest while providing recommendations for improvement, modification or elimination. The Board's report can be found here.



The Bureau has been made aware of scam artists who may target licensees. If you get a call, e-mail, text or other communication from an individual claiming to represent the Bureau of Occupational Licenses or the Board, here is some information to help you identify whether it is a scam:

The Boards and the Bureau WILL NOT:

• Ask for personal information that does not relate to your license renewal (such as your credit card number or bank account number)
• Demand immediate payment on fines that are not yet due
• Ask for or accept prepaid cards such as Green Dot MoneyPak
• Offer to alter a disciplinary order that has already been entered by the Board
• Ask for or take payments over the phone

The Boards and the Bureau WILL:

• Send renewal notices in the mail
• Take payments on the official website at
• Send inspectors who have a State of Idaho photo ID to establishments

If you ever question whether a communication you received is from the Board or the Bureau, do not provide personal information or payment.  Instead, call the Bureau at (208) 334-3233 for assistance.


Click the Calendar link on the left for scheduled Board meetings and agendas.

The "practice of optometry" means to engage in or offer to engage in the profession of examining, testing, measuring, treating, correcting, developing, or improving the human visual apparatus. Practice also includes the use of diagnostic pharmaceutical agents and pharmaceutical agents for therapeutic use, for the measurement, improvement, or development of any or all functions of human vision or the assistance of the powers of range of human vision or the determination of the accommodative or refractive status of human vision or the scope of its functions in general. Optometry practice includes the removal of superficial foreign bodies and the diagnosis and treatment of superficial conditions of the eye and eyelid. The practice of optometry does not include the use of therapeutic lasers.

Optometrists are regulated in Idaho and are required to be licensed.

Please contact the Board if you have questions via phone at (208) 334-3233 or via E-mail at