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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

The next State Licensing Examination will be administered July 23, 2014 in Jackson, Wyoming. In order to be eligible to sit for the 2014 State examination all items listed below must be received in the Board office thirty (30) days prior to the state examination. Any applications received after June 23, 2014 will be processed for the next State examination.

INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION TO APPLICANTS

Every applicant for licensure must be a graduate of a regularly established school or college of optometry requiring not less than four (4) years of instruction in the study of optometry.

Licensure by Examination:

All applicants for licensure must insure the following documents are received by the Board thirty (30) days prior to the next scheduled examination:

1. A complete and legible application with a recent, un-mounted, full-face photograph. The application must also be sworn to before a Notary Public (page 4).

2. Applications will not be accepted without the required application and examination fee of $450.00. Fees must be paid in the form of a cashier's check or money order made payable to the State of Wyoming. Personal or company checks will not be accepted. Fees are non-refundable.

3. An applicant will not be considered for licensure by endorsement in the State of Wyoming if he/she has failed the Wyoming Examination within the ten (10) years preceding the date on which the application for endorsement is filed.

4. You must provide a photocopy of your optometry diploma.

5. Passing score verification for parts one (1), two (2), and three (3) of the examination from the National Board of Examiners in Optometry mailed directly to the Board.

6. Three (3) letters of professional recommendation mailed directly to the Board from reputable practitioners of optometry attesting to the applicant's good reputation in the practice of optometry.

7. License verification from state licensing board(s) where the applicant is or was a licensed optometrist.

8. An official transcript which reflects the award of a degree in optometry, mailed directly from the school to the Board.

9. Submit fingerprints cards.

The state examination will be on contact lenses, disease/pathology, case histories, and a jurisprudence examination.


Licensure by Endorsement:

The Board may license by endorsement, without examination, an Optometrist who holds a license that was obtained by examination from another state or territory of the United States subject to the following conditions:

1. An applicant for licensure by endorsement must have been engaged in the active practice of optometry for at least five (5) of the seven (7) years immediately preceding his/her application.

2. An applicant must not have committed any act that would constitute a violation of the Wyoming State Board of Optometry Laws and Rules & Regulations. He/she must not be the subject of any pending or unresolved board action or malpractice suit in this or any other state or territory.

3. An applicant for licensure by endorsement must meet all qualifications for regular state licensure and must meet or exceed the requirement set forth in Sections 1, 2 and 3 of Chapter 2, except that the applicant shall not be required to sit for any portion of the written examination other than the jurisprudence portion.

4. As part of the licensing process, the applicant shall complete an application for licensure by endorsement and shall:

(a) Submit all applicable fees. Applications will not be accepted without the required license by endorsement fee of $800.00. Fees must be paid in the form of a cashier's check or money order made payable to the State of Wyoming. Personal or company checks will not be accepted. Fees are non-refundable.

(b) License verification(s) must be submitted directly from the Boards of all state(s) in which the applicant holds or has ever held a license to practice Optometry certifying his/her good standing.

(c) Submit official proof documenting his/her compliance with continuing education requirements imposed by states or territories in which a license to practice optometry is held.

(d) Submit fingerprints cards.

(e) Submit proof that he/she has taken and passed the jurisprudence portion of the licensing examination of the Wyoming State Board of Optometry.