Optometry Program

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Apply and Renew Online: BreEZe

The Board uses an online platform called BreEZe for all licensing applications, forms and account maintenance. For the following actions, please visit the BreEZE website:

  • Apply for a California Optometrist License
  • Renew an existing Optometrist License
  • Fictitious Name Permit (FNP)
  • Statement of Licensure (SOL)
  • Primary Open Angle Glaucoma and Lacrimal Irrigation and Dilation Certification
  • Order New Certificate
  • Request a Replacement or Duplicate Certificate
  • Address Change
  • Name Change
  • Basic information changes

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with BreEZe, please contact the BreEZe Help Desk at (916) 557-1208 or BreEZe@dca.ca.gov with questions related to:

  • Registration
  • Password Resets
  • Account Unlocks
  • Linking licenses to your accounts
  • BreEZe Error Messages

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New Optometrist Applicants

Frequently Asked Questions

Step 1: Register for the California Laws and Regulations Exam on BreEZe

Step 2: Review the California Laws and Regulations Exam handbook (CLRE)

Step 3: Upon passing the California Laws and Regulations Exam (CLRE), you must complete the remainder of your online application on BreEZe.

Application Processing Times

Updated as of 4/1/2019

Application Type Processing Time
Optometrist 4 6 weeks
Statement of Licensure Automated in BreEZe
Fictitious Name Permit 8 10 weeks

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Current Optometrist Licensees

Continuing Education

Subject Matter Expert

Laws and Regulations

Closing Your Optometric Practice

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For Consumers and Patients

Prescription Notice
The United States Federal Trade Commission enforces the Eyeglass Rule and Contact Lens Rule, which give you the right to get a prescription from your eye doctor whether you ask for it or not at no extra charge. Additionally California Business and Professions Code sections 2540 - 2545 detail the information required for a valid prescription.

Registration Search
Ensure that your Optometrist is licensed and in compliance with the regulations governing good practice in patient care.

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