A person desiring to commence the practice of optometry shall file with the secretary
of the board, upon blanks to be furnished by the secretary, an application, verified
by oath of the applicant, stating therein that he is more than 21 years of age, of
good moral character, is a citizen of the United States, or has declared his intention
to become such a citizen, has a preliminary education equivalent to a course of at
least 4 years in an approved public or private high school and has been graduated
from a school or college of optometry maintaining a standard satisfactory to the board
and which was in good standing in the opinion of the board at the date of graduation,
and shall have received a diploma conferring upon him the degree of doctor of optometry
or what in the opinion of the board may be considered the equivalent thereof, and
shall have taken an examination before the board to determine his qualifications therefor. If the examination of any applicant for registration shall be satisfactory to the
majority of the board, he shall receive from it a certificate of registration authorizing
him to practice optometry. All examination papers of applicants shall be deposited in the New Jersey State
Library, and remain there for a period of 1 year, at the expiration of which time
they shall be destroyed, and they shall be prima facie evidence of all matters therein
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