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Frequently Asked Questions


See Board Rule # 100-3-.02

*NOTARIZED APPLICATION, FEE AND ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:  The application may be found on the board’s web-site under the Application/Form Downloads section. Any question answered “yes” on the application will require the submission of additional documentation to include a detailed letter of explanation and certified copies of actions for any arrests, criminal convictions or charges, sanctions/actions taken by any state licensing board, any academic disciplinary action, denials of licensure or being a recipient of treatment for chemical dependence or substance or alcohol abuse. The Board will review the application and supplemental documentation in order to render a decision. Please note that licensure is at the discretion of the Board and the Board may use such discretion to impose additional requirements as it deems necessary. NOTE:  APPLICATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

*NATIONAL BOARD SCORES – I, II, III, and IV: All applicants for licensure who graduated after January 1, 1998 are required to pass Parts I, II, III and IV of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners examination (passing score = 375). Applicants who graduated prior to January 1, 1988, are required to have passed Parts I and II of the national board examination. Applicants who graduated between January 1, 1988 and January 1, 1998, are required to have passed Parts I, II, and III.  Please contact the National Board and have them certify your scores to Georgia.

*DEGREE TRANSCRIPT: All applicants for licensure must have graduated from a CCE approved chiropractic school or college. An official Chiropractic College transcript certifying the grades, degree conferred and the date awarded must be received in this office directly from the Registrar of the college/school. If your name has changed since you attended school, please make a note on the application advising of your former name(s) so we can match-up the documents with your application.

* If you obtained the required 120 classroom hours of physiotherapy to become certified for Electrical Therapeutic Modalities, you must submit proof to the Board’s office in the form of a statement of certification in the proper utilization of physiotherapy modalities from your chiropractic school or program and official transcripts.

*UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT(S): The undergraduate transcripts should be certified and mailed directly from the Registrar of the school to the Board’s office. You must submit undergraduate transcripts to show that you obtained either 60 semester or 90 quarter hours. Individuals who have graduated from foreign undergraduate schools or colleges must provide the board with an official credentials evaluation of their undergraduate education.

*OTHER STATE LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION: If you are currently, or have ever been, licensed in another state(s), you are required to have that/those state(s) submit an official certification/verification of the status of that license directly to the Board’s office.

*JURISPRUDENCE EXAMINATION:  The Board’s law/jurisprudence exam is an open-book exam that is part of the application process. Materials to assist you with answering the questions on the examination can be located within the laws, rules, policy statements and frequently asked questions (FAQs) located on the Board website.

See Board Rule #100-2-.07

*NOTARIZED APPLICATION, FEE AND ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:  The application may be found on the board’s web-site under the Application/Form Downloads section. Any question answered “yes” on the application will require the submission of additional documentation to include a detailed letter of explanation and certified copies of actions for any arrests, criminal convictions or charges, sanctions/actions taken by any state licensing board, any academic disciplinary action, denials of licensure or being a recipient of treatment for chemical dependence or substance or alcohol abuse. The Board will review the application and supplemental documentation in order to render a decision. Please note that licensure is at the discretion of the Board and the Board may use such discretion to impose additional requirements as it deems necessary. NOTE:  APPLICATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

*NATIONAL BOARD SCORES – I, II, III, and IV: All applicants are required to pass Parts I, II, III and IV of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners examination (passing score = 375). Please contact the National Board and have them certify your scores to Georgia.

*DEGREE TRANSCRIPT: All applicants for licensure must have graduated from a CCE approved chiropractic school or college. An official Chiropractic College transcript certifying the grades, degree conferred and the date awarded must be received in this office directly from the Registrar of the college/school. If your name has changed since you attended school, please make a note on the application advising of your former name(s) so we can match-up the documents with your application.

*If you obtained the required 120 classroom hours of physiotherapy to become certified for Electrical Therapeutic Modalities, you must submit proof to the Board’s office you must submit proof to the Board’s office in the form of a statement of certification in the proper utilization of physiotherapy modalities from your chiropractic school or program and official transcripts. 


*UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT(S): The undergraduate transcripts should be certified and mailed directly from the Registrar of the school to the Board’s office. You must submit undergraduate transcripts to show that you obtained either 60 semester or 90 quarter hours. Individuals who have graduated from foreign undergraduate schools or colleges must provide the board with an official credentials evaluation of their undergraduate education.

*OTHER STATE LICENSURE CERTIFICATION: If you are currently, or have ever been, licensed in another state(s), you are required to have that/those state(s) submit an official certification/verification of the status of that license directly to the Board’s office.

*JURISPRUDENCE EXAMINATION:  The Board’s law/jurisprudence exam is an open-book exam that is part of the application process. Materials to assist you with answering the questions on the examination can be located within the laws, rules, policy statements and frequently asked questions (FAQs) located on the Board website.


A license cannot be issued until all required documentation has been received, reviewed with no deficiencies noted, and the application is deemed complete. Please allow up to twenty-five (25) business days for applications and all required supporting documents to be processed. You will be notified in writing, via the email address provided on the application, of any deficiencies noted with your application or other supporting documents. It is important that you monitor your email account, to include the inbox, spam or junk mail folders for any correspondence forwarded to you from the Board.

NOTE:  Applicants with "yes" responses to questions regarding arrests, criminal convictions or charges, sanctions/actions taken by any state licensing board, any academic disciplinary action, denials of licensure or having been a recipient of treatment for chemical dependence or substance or alcohol abuse will require Board review. As a result, processing time for those applications will be extended.  Applications which fall within this category will be prepared for presentation to the Board at the next scheduled bi-monthly (every 2 month) meeting after it is determined that the application is complete.

See Board Rule # 100-3-.02

DEGREE TRANSCRIPT: All applicants for licensure must have graduated from a CCE approved chiropractic school or college. An official Chiropractic College transcript certifying the grades, degree conferred and the date awarded must be received in this office directly from the Registrar of the college/school.

UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT(S): The undergraduate transcripts should be certified and mailed directly from the Registrar of the school to the Board’s office. You must submit undergraduate transcripts to show that you obtained either 60 semester or 90 quarter hours. Individuals who have graduated from foreign undergraduate schools or colleges must provide the board with an official credentials evaluation of their undergraduate education.

*If your name has changed since you attended school, please make a note on the application advising of your former name(s) so we can match-up the documents with your application.

*If you obtained the required 120 classroom hours of physiotherapy to become certified for Electrical Therapeutic Modalities, you must submit proof to the Board’s office you must submit proof to the Board’s office in the form of a statement of certification in the proper utilization of physiotherapy modalities from your chiropractic school or program and official transcripts.

 See Board Rule # 100-3-.02

National Board of Chiropractic Examiners – www.nbce.org or (970) 356-9100

All applicants for licensure who graduated after January 1, 1998 are required to pass Parts I, II, III and IV of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners examination (passing score = 375). Applicants who graduated prior to January 1, 1988, are required to have passed Parts I and II of the national board examination. Applicants who graduated between January 1, 1988 and January 1, 1998, are required to have passed Parts I, II, and III.

Yes. The Board’s law/jurisprudence exam is an open-book exam that is part of the application process. Materials to assist you with answering the questions on the examination can be located within the laws, rules, policy statements and frequently asked questions (FAQs) located on the Board website.

The Georgia Jurisprudence Examination can be located under the Application/Form Downloads section of the Board website.

Contact the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners – www.nbce.org or (970) 356-9100

 Not specified in Georgia laws or rules.  Applicants are encouraged to review the rules and policies of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners to review any potential limitations or restrictions related to taking the examination.

Contact the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners – www.nbce.org or (970) 356-9100

 Contact the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners – www.nbce.org or (970) 356-9100

Not specified in Georgia laws or rules

 Not specified in Georgia laws or rules; Contact the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners – www.nbce.org or (970) 356-9100

 Contact the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners – www.nbce.org or (970) 356-9100

Contact the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners – www.nbce.org or (970) 356-9100

Contact the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners – www.nbce.org or (970) 356-9100

O.C.G.A. § 43-9-7.1 gives the Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners the authority to issue a temporary license at its discretion.  Presently, the Board does not issue temporary licenses. 

Renewal is required by December 31st of the even number years. If you do not renew by December 31st, you cannot practice until your license is renewed or reinstated.  Monitor the home page of the Board's website for information regarding the start of the renewal application process.

Late renewal, including a penalty fee,  is allowed from January 1st of the odd year following the renewal year through March 31st of the odd year following renewal. It is unlawful to continue to practice after the December 31st expiration date if the license has not been renewed or reinstated

See Board Rules #100-5-.01 & 100-5-.02 for the specific CE requirements.

Each licensed chiropractor is required to obtain a minimum of Twenty (20) hours per year of the two year renewal period which means that a licensee must have a total of Forty (40) hours of continuing education preceding the license expiration date.

*Fifteen (15) hours each year must be in clinical sciences;
*Four (4) hours each year must be in ethics or risk management; and,
*One (1) hour each year must be in Georgia laws & rules.

Licensees are automatically exempt from meeting the continuing education requirement in the calendar year said candidate is licensed. 

The Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners only allows a total of twenty (20) hours of CE per biennial renewal period to be obtained via the the audio/visual/electronic media category.  Please note that "Live" Webinars will be credited towards in the audio/visual/electronic media category as courses taken via that method do not satisfy the Board's continuing education attendance requirements.

As of January 1st of the odd year following the expiration date, the license will enter a "Lapsed-Late Renewal Period" status. This status will allow the licensee to submit an application for the renewal of the license; however, the fee associated with the renewal increases.  In addition, the licensee CANNOT continue to practice as the license is expired. The "Lapsed-Late Renewal Period" begins January 1st and ends March 31st of the odd numbered year following the expiration date of the license.

If a licensee in this status fail to complete the renewal application process before 5 PM on March 31st of the odd numbered year following the expiration date, the license will enter a "Lapsed" status as of April 1st.   Should the license enter a "Lapsed" status, the individual will be required to apply for licensure by reinstatement if he or she desires to have the ability to practice in the state of Georgia.

***NOTE - Renewal fees are non-refundable and will not be applied toward any reinstatement fees.

See Board Rule # 100-2-.09

*NOTARIZED APPLICATION, FEE AND ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:  The application may be found on the board’s web-site under the Application/Form Downloads section. Any question answered “yes” on the application will require the submission of additional documentation to include a detailed letter of explanation and certified copies of actions for any arrests, criminal convictions or charges, sanctions/actions taken by any state licensing board, any academic disciplinary action, denials of licensure or being a recipient of treatment for chemical dependence or substance or alcohol abuse. The Board will review the application and supplemental documentation in order to render a decision. Please note that licensure is at the discretion of the Board and the Board may use such discretion to impose additional requirements as it deems necessary. NOTE:  APPLICATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

*OTHER STATE LICENSURE CERTIFICATION:  If you are currently, or have ever been, licensed in another state(s), you are required to have that/those state(s) submit an official certification/verification of the status of that license directly to the Board’s office.

RESUME OR CV - List chronologically all employment, specialty training and all other experiences in the practice of chiropractic. Include names, beginning and ending dates, and locations, where applicable. Explain any intervals where you were not in training or practicing chiropractic.

*JURISPRUDENCE EXAMINATION:  The Board’s law/jurisprudence exam is an open-book exam that is part of the application process. Materials to assist you with answering the questions on the examination can be located within the laws, rules, policy statements and frequently asked questions (FAQs) located on the Board website.

*CONTINUING EDUCATIONYou must have 40 hours of Continuing Education acquired in the last two years preceding the date of your application and the hours used for reinstatement cannot used to meet any continuing education requirements for the renewal of the license.

Yes, Inactive status is allowed - See Board Rule #100-2-.08 

*NOTARIZED REACTIVATION APPLICATION, FEE AND ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS:  The application may be found on the board’s web-site under the Application/Form Downloads section. Any question answered “yes” on the application will require the submission of additional documentation to include a detailed letter of explanation and certified copies of actions for any arrests, criminal convictions or charges, sanctions/actions taken by any state licensing board, any academic disciplinary action, denials of licensure or being a recipient of treatment for chemical dependence or substance or alcohol abuse. The Board will review the application and supplemental documentation in order to render a decision. Please note that licensure is at the discretion of the Board and the Board may use such discretion to impose additional requirements as it deems necessary. NOTE:  APPLICATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

*OTHER STATE LICENSURE CERTIFICATION:  If you are currently, or have ever been, licensed in another state(s), you are required to have that/those state(s) submit an official certification/verification of the status of that license directly to the Board’s office.

RESUME OR CV - List chronologically all employment, specialty training and all other experiences in the practice of chiropractic. Include names, beginning and ending dates, and locations, where applicable. Explain any intervals where you were not in training or practicing chiropractic.

*JURISPRUDENCE EXAMINATION:  The Board’s law/jurisprudence exam is an open-book exam that is part of the application process. Materials to assist you with answering the questions on the examination can be located within the laws, rules, policy statements and frequently asked questions (FAQs) located on the Board website.

*CONTINUING EDUCATION: You must have 40 hours of Continuing Education acquired in the last two years preceding the date of your application and the hours used for reinstatement cannot used to meet any continuing education requirements for the renewal of the license.

See Georgia law, O.C.G.A. § 43-9-16. A link to the statute can be found on the Board website, http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/14.  In addition, you are encouraged to review the 'Consumer Information and Awareness Act' which can be accessed from the home page of the Board website to obtain additional direction on how a doctor(s) of chiropractic are to identify themselves in certain settings, signage in the workplace and in advertisements.

Chiropractors licensed under this chapter may only use the terms chiropractor(s), doctor(s) of chiropractic, and/or D.C. The use of the term Chiropractic Physicians is not authorized.

NBCE – National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
FCLB – Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards
GCA – Georgia Chiropractic Association
GCC – Georgia Council on Chiropractic
HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

All C.E. providers seeking approval of a C.E. Program by the Georgia State Board of Chiropractic Examiners must comply with Board Rules 100-5-.02 and 100-5-.04 and submit a Continuing Education Program Application & Approval Form for each program presented. 

The application and all supporting documents must be submitted a minimum of 60 days in advance of the first date of the course.  A failure to do so will  delay the review and approval process.  The status of the application will be communicated via email to the contact person(s) indicated on the application.  It is important that the contact person on the application monitor the provided email account, to include the inbox, spam or junk mail folders for any correspondence forwarded to them from the Board.

If a course gains board approval, it will be to the list of approved continuing education programs. The list of approved continuing education programs for the current calendar year may be located under the 'Other Information' section on the home page of the Board website.  You may also locate that list as well as a list of approved courses for the two previous calendar years under the 'Application/Form Downloads' section of the Board website.

The Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners does not issue letters of good standing.  If another licensing authority or employer requires an official statement about the status of a license in this state, the licensee must complete the license verification request form and submit it along with the applicable fee to the board office.  The license verification request will be processed and forwarded to the entity indicated on the form.

O.C.G.A. § 50-13-9.1 Allows for an applicant and/or entity to petition the Georgia Board of Chiropractic Examiners to vary (modify) or waive (not apply) all or part of a rule requirement in their particular situation. In order for a rule or portion thereof to be varied or waived, the petitioner must be able to demonstrate strict application of rule can lead to unreasonable, uneconomical, and unintended results in the petitioner’s particular instance. The statute also allows for the the Board to grant a variance or waiver when the petitioner is able to demonstrates that the purpose of the underlying statute upon which the rule is based can be or has been achieved by other specific means which are agreeable to the person seeking the variance or waiver and that strict application of the rule would create a substantial hardship to such person.

If an applicant and/or entity desires to make such a petition, you must download and complete a Petition for Rule Variance or Waiver form and submit it along with any supporting documentation to the Board for consideration. You may download the instructions and form by visiting the Application/Form Downloads section on the home page of the Board website.

Please be aware that a failure to properly complete the form and submit the documentation supporting your statements within the petition may result in the denial of the request based on insufficient evidence to substantiate that the application of the rule in your circumstance will cause a hardship.  

The petition will be posted for a minimum of fifteen (15 days) on the GeorgiaNet Public Registry and petitioners may conduct a search for their petition on http://services.georgia.gov/sos/sosrw/searchHome.do . Please note that any member of the public, including interested parties, shall have the opportunity to submit written comments in support of or against proposed variances or waivers prior to the Board decision. The Board has up to sixty (60) days from receipt of the petition to render a decision to either grant or deny the petition. The petitioner will be notified in writing of the Board’s decision and the written statement will include relevant facts and the reasons for the Board’s action.


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