Licensing Area: Optometry

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


(808) 586-2708

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: OPT
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801


License Categories

  • Optometrist
  • TPA Certification


Biennial by December 31 every odd numbered year

On-time renewals for the licensing period of January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019 concluded Sunday December 31, 2017

OD’s MUST HAVE SUBMITED CE certificates with their renewal form or their renewal confirmation, if submitted online in addition to the CE Audit Form  via in person or by mail to the Board by December 31, 2017.  Failure to do so will result in the non-renewal of or disciplinary action being taken against your optometrist license.

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 subject to meeting restoration requirements.

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

Hawaii Board of Optometry

Board Composition
7 Members

Peter J. Shoji, OD, Chairperson

Robb T. Shibayama, OD, Vice-Chairperson

Seulyn L. Au, OD

K. Paul Chin, OD

Scott E. Kubota, Public

Jere H. E. Loo, OD/Kauai

Darek I. Sato, Public

5 Optometrists
2 Public