Licensing Area: Dispensing Optician

Contact Information for Frequently Called Numbers

Professional and Vocational Licensing
(808) 586-3000

  • Request an application
  • Inquire about licensing requirements
  • Applicants can check on the status of an application
  • Inquire about licensee maintenance requirements

RICO Consumer Resource Center
(808) 587-3295 or (808) 587-4272

Business Registration Division

Executive Officer

Lee Ann Teshima

(808) 586-2694

Residents on the neighbor islands may call by dialing the following toll free numbers followed by the last 5 digits of the phone numbers above and the # sign:

Kauai 274-3141
Maui 984-2400
Hawaii 974-4000
Lanai & Molokai 1-800-468-4644

Att: DOp
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801


License Categories

  • Dispensing Optician


Biennial July 1 every even numbered year.

On-time renewals for the licensing period of July 2, 2016 to July 1, 2018 begins on Monday, May 9, 2016 and ends midnight (HST) Friday, July 1, 2016.

Renewal postcard reminders for Dispensing Optician (DIO) license types will be mailed out May 6, 2016

All online renewals will need to be submitted through “MyPVL” at

“MyPVL” and Renewal FAQs

To be guaranteed a pocket card by July 1, 2016
Renewals should be submitted by June 1, 2016

Failure to timely renew by the renewal date will result in the forfeiture of the license. After the renewal date, the forfeited license may be restored within 1 year and subject to meeting restoration requirements. Failure to restore a forfeited license within 1 year after the renewal date will result in the termination of the license and the person must apply as a new applicant and meet current license requirements.

Late renewals/restorations for DIO license type with a license expiration date of July 1, 2016 can be submitted online via “MyPVL” at from July 2, 2016 through midnight (HST), July 1, 2017 and are subject to a late renewal fee.

Pursuant to Section 436B-14.5, HRS , any license held by a member of the armed forces, National Guard, or a reserve component that expires, is forfeited, or deemed delinquent while the member is on active duty and deployed during a state or national crisis shall be restored if certain restoration requirements are met. Military Renewal and Restoration Information Sheet.

Regulating Body

Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs – Director

Advisory Committee to the Director

Number of Members
4 members

3 Dispensing Opticians
1 Public