California Occupational License
Department of Consumer Affairs
Spectacle Lens Dispenser
Medical Board of California
Registered Dispensing Optician Program
Licensing Agency Contact Information:
License Requirements, Fees, and Examination Information:
||2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
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Spectacle Lens Dispensers are individuals who fit, adjust, and dispense eyeglass lenses with prescription.
Occupations To Which This License Applies:
Application processing: $75
Fingerprint processing: $49
Registration renewal: $75
Examination Frequency: Twice a year (May and November).
Exam Locations: Contact the American Board of Optometry (ABO) / National Contact Lens Examiners (NCLE) at (703) 719-5800 or (800) 296-1379.
Experience Requirement: Applicants must pass the National Opticianry Competency Examination (NOCE) administered by the American Board of Opticianry.
Average Time to Process Application: 6-8 weeks.
Renewal Period: Biennially (every second year).
Special License Requirements: Fingerprinting is now required.
Comments: The practice of spectacle lens dispensing is the fitting, adjusting, and dispensing of prescription spectacle lenses from a registered dispensing optician firm. Prescriptions are written by optometrists or ophthalmologists (M.D.). Registration is not required for individuals employed by the ophthalmologist or optometrist or working under the supervision of a registered spectacle lens dispenser. The American Board of Opticianry gives the examination.
Authority: Business and Professions Code, Section 2559.1.
|Occupation Title||SOC Code
|Opticians, Dispensing ||292081 |