California Business And Professions Code Section 3057.5
(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the board shall permit a person who meets all of the following requirements to take the examination for a certificate of registration as an optometrist: (1) Is over the age of 18 years. (2) Is not subject to denial of a certificate under Section 480. (3) Has a degree as a doctor of optometry issued by a university located outside of the United States. (b) This section shall become operative on January 1, 1996.