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Georgia Board of Massage Therapy
The Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, established by legislation in May 2005, is comprised of five members appointed by the Governor in July 2006 upon funding appropriation. Massage is therapeutic and regulations are necessary to protect the public from unqualified practitioners. It is in the interest of the public to set standards of qualifications, education, training, and experience for those who seek to practice massage therapy; to promote high standards of professional performance for those licensed to practice massage therapy; and to protect the public from unprofessional conduct by persons licensed to practice massage therapy. The board is assigned to the Secretary of State’s office for administrative purposes and is under the jurisdiction of the division director and operates in accordance with and pursuant to the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 43-1, as applicable.
The Board reviews applications, complaints, correspondence and regulates the practice of licensees throughout the state. Board meetings are open to the public and are generally held at the Office of Secretary of State, Professional Licensing Boards Division office located at 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia. Meeting dates, time and location are posted on this website.
Due to errors that were identified within the language of the initial notification and posting of the rules hearing regarding Board Rule 345-4-.02, the hearing has been postponed will not take place during the October 31, 2014 meeting of the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy.
Once available, the proposed amendments to be considered will be re-posted and distributed to the interested parties listing along with information relevant to the public comment period and new hearing date.
The license renewal process for Massage Therapists is NOW LIVE; however, there are a few things each licensee will need to know for the upcoming 2014-2016 renewal cycle. In 2011, Georgia law was amended to require applicants for initial licensure or renewal to submit secure and verifiable documentation of US citizenship/qualified alien status. Subsequently, the law was amended further to require applicants to submit an affidavit of citizenship in addition to the secure and verifiable documents. The Board worked diligently to make licensees aware of the new requirements and included information on the Board’s website, throughout the renewal site and through communication with the licensees.
Due to the large volume of documents that will be submitted in compliance with this requirement and the unfortunate delay in opening the renewal process, it is unlikely that all renewals will be completed prior to October 31, 2014. If it can be verified that a licensee submitted a renewal application on or before October 31, 2014, the license will remain in “Active” status with the 10/31/2014 expiration date while the staff await the processing of the required renewal documentation. The license is not considered to be lapsed, inactive or invalid based on O.C.G.A. §50-13-18(b) which states the following:
(b) When a licensee has made timely and sufficient application for the renewal of a license or for a new license with reference to any activity of a continuing nature, the existing license does not expire until the application has been finally determined by the agency and, in case the application is denied or the terms of the new license limited, until the last day for seeking review of the agency order or at a later date fixed by order of the reviewing court.
What can you do to ensure that your license is renewed timely?
Now that the online and paper renewal applications are available, it is imperative that licensees quickly make application and submit all required renewal documentation on or before October 31, 2014. Any documents received/postmarked after that date, to include any continuing education documents submitted in response to your selection for audit, will no longer be valid for the initial renewal cycle. The license will then enter the lapsed-late renewal period and the license status will be reflected as such. Should this occur the licensee will be required to satisfy additional conditions for the renewal of license.