Apply for an optometrist licence

  1. Determine if you're eligible
  2. Complete the application form
  3. Provide all other supporting documents required
  4. Pay your fees
  5. Submit your complete application package
  1. Determine if you're eligible

    All optometrists working in Yukon must register and hold a Yukon licence.

    Apply for registration and a licence if you're planning to use the title of doctor of optometry and work to the full extent of  Yukon regulations.

    We accept new optometrist applications on an ongoing basis. You only need to apply for registration once, but you must renew your licence every year. All optometrist licences expire annually on March 31.

    Eligibility

    You're eligible to register and apply for a licence if you meet 1 of the following sets of requirements.

    You:

    • have graduated from an accredited school of optometry or you completed the International Optometric Bridging Program; and
    • you successfully completed the Optometry Examining Board of Canada exam in the 2 years before this application.

    Or you:

    • hold a current optometrist licence in another Canadian jurisdiction; and
    • are in good standing in that jurisdiction.

    If you’ve had any complaints, disciplinary or criminal action against you, please note:

    • we will assess your eligibility for registration or licensure on a case-by-case basis; and
    • you may not be approved for registration or licensing.
  2. Complete the application form

    Complete all sections of the application form. Do not leave a section blank. You may enter “not applicable” when it's relevant. We may return incomplete applications.

    Tips

    • Make sure to mark on the top of the application form whether you're a Yukon resident or a non-resident.
    • If you wish to prescribe and dispense therapeutic pharmaceutical agents (TPAs), make sure to complete the relevant section on the form. 
  3. Provide all other supporting documents required

    Current photo ID

    • Provide 1 copy of a piece of photo ID.

    • The ID must be issued by a territorial, provincial or federal government body.

    • The ID must show your current legal name.

    • We do not accept a healthcare card as a form of ID.

    Certificate(s) of standing

    We require this from all licence applicants.

    A certificate of standing is an official document that includes:

    • your registration and licensing history;

    • any limits and restrictions on your licence; and

    • any complaints or disciplinary action against you.

    Ask the regulatory body of each jurisdiction you’re licensed in to provide a certificate.

    • You must provide a certificate for each jurisdiction.

    • Each certificate must be dated no more than 90 days before your application.

    • Have the regulatory body send the certificate(s) directly to Professional Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

    • We do not accept certificates of standing submitted by applicants.

    Official transcript

    We require an official transcript from all applicants who are not registered in another jurisdiction.

    • The transcript must confirm your graduation from an accredited school of optometry or prove you have completed the International Optometric Bridging Program.

    • Have the institution send the transcript directly to Professional Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

    • We do not accept transcripts submitted by applicants.

    Proof of completion, Optometry Examining Board of Canada Exam

    • Provide this if you are not registered in another Canadian jurisdiction.

    • This proof must clearly show you have passed the Optometry Examing Board of Canada Exam.

    Proof of diagnostic pharmaceutical agent certification 

    • Only applicants who wish to be Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent (TPA) certified need to provide this.

    • Provide this from an accredited school of optometry.

    Proof of CPR

    • Only applicants who wish to be TPA-certified need to provide this.
  4. Pay your fees

    Fees

    Non-resident

    Pay these fees if you will practice in Yukon for 3 months or less in a licensing year.

    Registration (1-time fee): $50.

    Annual licence fee: $50.

    Resident

    Pay these fees if you will practice in Yukon for more than 3 months in a licensing year.

    Registration (1-time fee): $400.

    Annual licence fee: $200.

    How to pay

    You can pay by:

    • cheque;

    • credit card;

    • cash; or

    • debit.

    Cheque

    • Complete the payment information form.

    • Provide a cheque in the appropriate amount made out to the Government of Yukon.

    • After we issue your licence, we'll cash your cheque.

    Credit card

    • Complete the payment information form.

    • If you submit your application in person, by courier or mail, you may include your credit card info on your payment information form.

    • If you submit your application by email or fax, do not include your credit card information on your form. We'll contact you for your credit card info.

    • After we issue your licence, we'll take payment.

    Cash or debit

    • You can only pay by cash or debit if you can pay in person at our office in Whitehorse.

    • Complete the payment information form.

    • We'll hold your licence at our office after we issue it.

    • We'll take payment by cash or debit when you pick it up.

  5. Submit your complete application package

    Prepare your application package

    Your complete application package must include:

    • your completed application form;

    • all supporting documents; and

    • your payment form.

    We typically process applications within 10 business days. We'll confirm you've met all legal requirements before issuing a licence. We may return your application if you’ve not provided all the required documentation.

    How to submit

    • In person or by courier at 307 Black Street, Whitehorse Y1A 2N1. We're open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    • Email: optometrists.plra@gov.yk.ca

    • Fax: 867-667-3609

    • Mail:
      Government of Yukon
      Professional Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (C-5)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6


Contact 

For questions about applying for an optometrist licence email optometrists.plra@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-667-5111 or toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5111.