Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, effective December 18, 2020, the Texas Optometry Board has issued an emergency rule extending the license expiration dates if the provider has met all the requirements outlined in the emergency rule.
Emergency license renewal extensions will be given to optometry providers if the following criteria are met:
- The license renewal process is initiated before December 31, 2020.
- The renewal fee is paid before December 31, 2020, and
- All appropriate continuing education (CE) are completed and submitted before December 31, 2020.
The emergency extension will only apply to licenses not renewed as of December 31, 2020. The emergency extension will expire on April 1, 2021, or the date that the Texas Optometry Board issues a final determination on a renewal application for the original license.
Licenses will not be issued with the emergency extension date. Optometry providers can refer to the Texas Optometry Board website to confirm that their license was granted an extension.
Providers that are indicated on the Texas Optometry Board website as meeting extension requirements should utilize a license expiration date of April 1, 2021, to submit provider enrollment applications.
For more information, call the TMHP Contact Center at 800-925-9126 or the TMHP-CSHCN Services Program Contact Center at 800-568-2413.