California Laws and Regulations Examination Information and Test Sites

On April 1, 2010, the Board began contracting with Psychological Services, LLC (PSI) in order to administer the California Laws and Regulations Exam (CLRE). August 28, 2009 was the last time the National Board of Examiners in Optometry administered the CLRE.

This exam is computer–based and candidates can access PSI's Web site and schedule their exam Monday–Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on whatever date they choose. There are multiple test sites available state-wide, saving many candidates a trip to a particular state or distant in–state location.

To apply for the exam, you must submit an Application for Licensure as an Optometrist that can be found here with the required fee to receive an invitation in the mail or through e-mail with instructions on how to sign up and a Laws and Regulations Examination Candidate Handbook and Study Guide. The Board is pleased to provide a convenient and accessible way for optometrists to become licensed in California.

Listed below are the cities where PSI will administer the examination:


  • Anaheim
  • Atascadero
  • Bakersfield
  • Carson
  • El Monte
  • Fresno
  • Hayward
  • Redding
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco NEW!
  • Santa Clara
  • Santa Rosa
  • Ventura NEW!
  • Visalia NEW!
  • Walnut Creek NEW!


  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boston, MA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Cherry Hill, NJ NEW!
  • Chicago, IL NEW!
  • Cranberry Township, PA
  • Dallas, TX NEW!
  • Glendale (Queens), NY NEW!
  • Houston (Northwest), TX
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Milford, CT NEW!
  • Nashville, TN NEW!
  • North Orem (Provo), UT NEW!
  • North Salt Lake City, UT NEW!
  • Phoenix, AZ NEW!
  • Portland, OR
  • Richmond, VA NEW!
  • Southfield (Detroit Area), MI
  • West Des Moines, IA
  • West Hartford, CT NEW!
  • Woodbury, MN NEW!

To learn more about PSI, please visit their Web site at Please call the Board at 916-575-7170 if you need further assistance.