(A) An optometrist who discontinued practicing optometry in this state due to retirement or a decision to practice in another state or country before the state board of optometry accepted applications for placement of certificates to practice on inactive status pursuant to section 4725.17 of the Revised Code may apply to the board to have the optometrist's certificates reinstated. The board may accept an application for reinstatement only if, at the time the optometrist's certificates expired, the certificates were in good standing and the optometrist was not under disciplinary review by the board.
(B) For reinstatement to occur, the applicant must meet all of the following conditions:
(1) Pay the renewal fees for the year in which application for reinstatement is made and the reinstatement fee specified under division (A)(10) of section 4725.34 of the Revised Code;
(2) Pass all or part of the licensing examination accepted by the board under section 4725.11 of the Revised Code as the board considers appropriate, if the board considers examination necessary to determine whether the application for reinstatement should be approved;
(3) If the applicant has been practicing optometry in another state or country, submit evidence of being in the active practice of optometry in the other state or country and evidence that the applicant's license to practice in the other state or country is in good standing.
(C) The board shall approve an application for reinstatement if the conditions specified in division (B) of this section are met. An optometrist who receives reinstatement is subject to the continuing education requirements specified under section 4725.16 of the Revised Code for the year in which reinstatement occurs.
Effective Date: 02-12-2001