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§ 11-305. Examination waivers; foreign licenses

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHealth Occupations

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Health Occupations (Refs & Annos)
Title 11. Optometrists (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3. Licensing (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, Health Occupations, § 11-305
§ 11-305. Examination waivers; foreign licenses
In general
(a) Subject to the provisions of this section, the Board may waive the examination requirements of this title for an individual who is licensed to practice optometry in any other state.
(b) The Board may grant a waiver under this section only if the applicant:
(1) Pays the application fee required by the Board under § 11-303 of this subtitle;
(2) Provides adequate evidence that the applicant:
(i) Meets the qualifications otherwise required by this title, including, for 3 years before applying, the continuing education requirements of the other state in which the applicant has been practicing optometry, or, if the other state does not have any continuing education requirement, the applicant shall meet the equivalent of 3 years of the continuing education requirements of this subtitle in courses approved by the Board;
(ii) Meets the terms and conditions that the Board establishes in subsections (c) and (d) of this section;
(iii) At the time the applicant was licensed in the other state, was qualified to take the examination that then was required by the laws of this State; and
(iv) Qualified for a license in the other state by passing an examination given by the board of optometry in that state;
(3) Presents a copy of the license, certified by the issuing board; and
(4) Has not failed an examination given by the Board within the previous 5 years.
Experience of applicant
(c)(1) The Board may waive the examination requirements of this subtitle for an applicant who:
(i) If so required by the Board under subsection (d) of this section, passes an examination administered by the Board; and
(ii) For 3 years immediately before applying, has practiced optometry actively.
(2) The Board may waive the requirement of practicing optometry actively for an applicant who for 3 years:
(i) Was teaching optometry;
(ii) Was a military optometrist;
(iii) Was a supervisor or administrative optometrist; or
(iv) Was a researcher in optometry.
Examinations required
(d)(1) Within 1 year of receipt of an application, the Board may require that the applicant pass an examination.
(2) The Board shall determine the scope, form, and passing score for examinations under this section.


Added as Health Occupations § 10-305 by Acts 1981, c. 8, § 2, eff. July 1, 1981. Amended by Acts 1983, c. 623, § 1, eff. July 1, 1983. Renumbered as Health Occupations § 11-305 by Acts 1990, c. 6, § 11, eff. Feb. 16, 1990. Amended by Acts 1994, c. 201, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1994.
Formerly Art. 43, § 373.
MD Code, Health Occupations, § 11-305, MD HEALTH OCCUP § 11-305
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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