Renew an optometrist licence

  1. Determine if you are eligible
  2. Complete the renewal application form
  3. Provide proof of continuing competency requirements
  4. Provide all other supporting documents required
  5. Pay your fees
  6. Submit your complete renewal application package
  1. Determine if you are eligible

    All optometrists in Yukon must be registered, hold a licence and renew it every year.

    An optometrist licence allows you to use the title doctor of optometry and work to the full extent of your training within Yukon regulations.

     

    Renewal period

    All optometrist licences expire annually on March 31. Submit your renewal application before March 1. This will ensure we can process your application before your licence expires.

    It is illegal to work in the new licence year before we have processed your application.

     

    Eligibility

    You are eligible to renew your optometrist licence if you meet all of the following requirements.

    • You are registered and hold a current licence in Yukon as an optometrist.
    • You have met the continuing education requirements.
    • You complete steps 2 to 6 of this renewal application process.
  2. Complete the renewal application form

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

  3. Provide proof of continuing competency requirements

    Read the continuing education guide for full instructions, details and examples.

     

    Continuing education requirements

    You must have completed the following in the past year.

    • 12 hours of continuing professional education
    • 6 of these 12 hours must be in treating and managing ocular disease.

     

    Forms and documentation required

    You must provide the following forms and documentation with your application. We may return applications that are missing required documentation.

     

    Annual continuing education form

    • This form helps us validate your continuing education hours.
    • Complete and submit this form for the past year.

     

    Continuing education supporting documents

    • Provide a supporting document for every continuing education activity you are claiming.
    • Documentation must include:
      • your name;
      • proof of the number of hours you completed; and
      • date you completed the hours.

    If you do not have a document with this information, then you may complete the verification of completed continuing education form. Complete this form with either the course provider or instructor, or your supervisorif applicable.

     

    Continuing competency exemption request form

    Meeting your continuing competencies is a legal requirement. We review exemption requests on a case-by-case basis and do not accept all requests.

    • This form allows us to consider exemption requests.
    • Make sure to clearly identify the exemption you are requesting and the reasons for the request on the form.
  4. Provide all other supporting documents required

    You may also need to provide the following with your application.

     

    Proof of current CPR certification

    • Provide this if you are applying for or want to renew your Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent (TPA) certification.

     

    Proof of diagnostic pharmaceutical agent certification. 

    • Only provide this if you are applying to be TPA certified for the first time.
    • Provide this from an accredited school of optometry.
  5. Pay your fees

    Fees

    Non-resident

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

    Annual licence fee: $50

    Resident

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

    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.

     

  6. Submit your complete renewal application package

    Prepare your renewal application package

    Your complete application package must include:

    • your completed application form;
    • all supporting documents; and
    • your payment form.

     

    We typically process applications within 30 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 are open Monday to 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 the renewing 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.