This is a voluntary program. A dispensing optician registration is
required to practice in the State of Texas.
Education and Experience required for registration
- Show proof of earning five classroom hours prior to
for registration (single) or ten classroom hours (dual)
- Show proof of taking and passing the appropriate
- American Board of Opticianry (ABO) examination, or
- The National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) examination,
- both, if applying for dual registration
Are opticians required to hold a license in Texas?
No. An optician who meets certain standards may choose to
become a registered
dispensing optician through the Opticians’ Registry Program of
Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Only registered
may use the title registered dispensing optician.
Any optician (registered or unregistered) who sells, delivers,
contact lenses in Texas must hold a contact lens dispensing
by DSHS, unless exempt by law.
Since registration is voluntary, why would an optician
choose to be
Opticians choose to be registered dispensing opticians so the
can identify them as health care providers who meet standards in
of eyeglasses and contact lenses. The standards include passing a
certification examination and completing classroom training.
Since registered dispensing opticians are required to complete
education classes annually, the public will know that registered
are maintaining and upgrading their skills and knowledge in
order to provide
quality services and products.
Most opticians choose to be voluntarily regulated by the state
in order to increase consumer confidence in their practice. When
is registered, consumers may report violations of the Opticians’
Act or rules to DSHS through the complaint and investigation
Registered dispensing opticians regularly receive current
from DSHS concerning law and rule changes that may affect their