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Yes, you must hold an active license issued by the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy in order to practice as a massage therapist in Georgia.

No, you must hold an active license issued by the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy in order to practice as a massage therapist in Georgia.

Yes, you may become licensed in Georgia if you meet all of the requirements for licensure by Endorsement which include having a massage therapy license in good standing from another jurisdiction, state, or territory of the United States or foreign country that has requirements equal to or greater than the requirements within the State of Georgia.

The requirements outlined within the laws and rules must be met in order to be considered eligible for licensure in this state. Please refer to the Laws, Policies, & Rules section of the website to access links to the Georgia Massage Therapy Practice Act and Board Rules. Forms and applications can be found via the "Application/Form Downloads" link on the right hand side, above the quick links.

NOTE:  The massage therapy education program you attend must meet the requirements of the law as well as those indicated in the Board Rules under Chapter 345-8.   The program must have a minimum curriculum of five-hundred (500) total clock hours of supervised classroom and supervised hands-on instruction.  "Supervised" means the supervisor is physically on-site, qualified and immediately available. Online courses whereby the instructor is not physically on-site, qualified and immediately available are not acceptable.  

If credits for the program were not recorded in clock hours, applicants must submit transcripts on which the credits have been converted to clock hours by the program or institution attended.  The Board nor Board staff are not responsible for making such conversions and will not accept transcripts that have not been converted. 

You must meet the requirements for licensure as a massage therapist in Georgia to practice the profession in this state. 

You may check on the status of your application or verify your license once issued via the Application Status and Licensure Search links under the Online Services section of 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. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required documentation is submitted in the format that is required for licensure in this state (i.e. clock hours, certified, etc.).  Documentation which is not received at the time the application is submitted will be processed within 7-10 business days of receipt.

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, treatment for chemical dependence or substance or alcohol abuse and/or there is a question concerning whether or not the applicant meets educational requirements shall expect that their application 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 once it can determined that the application is complete.

Once the license has been issued, you may print a copy of the license via the Print License link of the home page.  You will be required to enter a user ID and password to print the license.

Address changes will be accepted via USPS Mail Service to 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858, fax to 866-888-1308 or via the Online Services tab of the home page of the Board website

You may also update your e-mail address online or submit in writing to the Board or by fax.  Please be sure that your license number, physical address and signature is included on the request. 

O.C.G.A. § 43-24A-14(c) requires licensees notify the Board of any address change within thirty (30) days.

Submit a copy of a marriage license, divorce decree or court order via USPS mail service to 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217 or by fax to 866-888-1308. A copy of your driver’s license or social security card is not acceptable. You can print a copy of your license form the link on the website. Please do not send original documents as they cannot be returned.

If you would like a hard copy of the license pocket card, complete and submit a Duplicate License - License Verification Order Formwhich can be located under the Application/Form Downloads section of the website, by USPS mail service only along with your license number and the appropriate fee of $25. You should receive your new pocket card generally within fifteen (15) business days.  

If you would like a hard copy of the license pocket card, complete and submit a Duplicate License - License Verification Order Formwhich can be located under the Application/Form Downloads section of the website, by USPS mail service only along with your license number and the appropriate fee of $25. You should receive your new pocket card generally within fifteen (15) business days.

You can print a copy of your license form the link on the websiteYou will be required to enter a user ID and password to print the license.

Yes. On the renewal application you may be asked a series of questions regarding continuing education, arrests or criminal history, drug and alcohol treatment and citizenship.  Please read the questions carefully and answer honestly.  Inaccurate or erroneous responses will delay and/or cause the denial of the renewal of your license.

***NOTE:  By answering "yes" to the CE question on the renewal application, you are attesting that you have completed ALL CE requirements at the time you submitted your renewal application.  As a result, it is recommended that you complete all CE prior to submitting your renewal application in order to avoid disciplinary action by the Board.    

Each licensee is required to obtain twenty-four (24) Contact Hours of Continuing Education (CE) which is acceptable to the Board prior to the expiration date of the license (October 31st of every even numbered year). 

Of the twenty-four (24) hours, twelve (12) must be obtained from direct, hands-on supervised instruction. The remaining twelve (12) may include direct hands on supervised instruction or other massage therapy related hours.  For the purpose of this requirement "hands on" means direct hands on placement or movement on the physical body.

NOTE: A massage therapist who received their initial Georgia Massage Therapy License within one year of the expiration date shall only be required to complete twelve (12) Contact Hours of Continuing Education acceptable to the Board.

Of the twelve (12) hours, six (6) must be obtained from direct, hands on supervised instruction. The remaining six (6) may include direct hands on supervised instruction or other massage therapy related hours.

An applicant having graduated from a Board recognized approved massage therapy education program within one year of their application date shall be exempt from continuing education requirements for their initial biennium renewal period only.

Georgia Massage Therapists are also required to register the name of the course and record a certificate of completion of their CE activities into CE Broker®.  A transcript of courses is not acceptable.

Please follow these simple step-by-step instructions to establish your account:

  • Go to and click "Account Options." 
  • Select "Georgia" for this state and register for the account of your choosing.  You can register for the No Cost, Basic Limited Access Account with just your license number. The Basic Account will allow you to report continuing education activities, see your current Compliance Status, and search for courses. You may opt to use CE Broker's paid Concierge and Professional Account services but those servicesare voluntary and not required by this Board.
  • Once you have created your account and logged into the system, click "Report CE" and locate the option that is most applicable to what you are recording. You will need to answer a few questions and then attach the documentation that the Board requires. If you are using the mobile application to submit your documentation into the system, you may take a picture of your documentation and upload it via your phone or tablet. 


For additional information regarding CE requirements, please review Board Rule 345-4-.02.

Fees are subject to change at the Boards discretion. Please refer to the "Fee Schedule" on the home page to view the current fees.  All application fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Application processing may take up to twenty-five (25) business days from the receipt of the application in the Board Office. Should there be any information associated with the application which causes it to fall outside of the administrative guidelines established by the Board (i.e. criminal history, disciplinary history, incomplete application, etc.), processing times may be extended and/or Board review may be required. 

Applications expire one year from the date of receipt.  If the application is not complete and all requirements to obtain the license have not been met prior to the expiration date, the application will be withdrawn due to expiration.  

Applicants may check the status of their application via the "Online Services" section on the Board website or by calling the Board office @ (478) 207-2440 for information.

Yes, “the licensee shall display the license certificate or a photocopy thereof in an appropriate and public manner at each location at which he or she practices” - O.C.G.A. § 43-24A-14(a).

An "Official School Transcript" is an ORIGINAL, CERTIFIED OR NOTARIZED school transcript submitted from your massage therapy educational program registrar or other school official to the Board. The transcript must be on school or program letterhead, contain the name and contact information of the school or program official certifying the document, the curriculum (courses) taken and clock hours obtained, the start and completion or graduation dates and the applicant's name and date of birth. The applicant may include the original transcript with their application provided it is in the original sealed envelope from the school or you must request the school or program to mail the document directly to: Georgia Board of Massage Therapy, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217-3858.

In addition, the transcript must reflect ALL of the hours earned and credited, the associated subject areas or curriculum courses, and if applicable identify the hours transferred in from another program or school. Multiple, incomplete transcripts will not be accepted. 

Applicants educated outside of the United States must provide an ORIGINAL credential evaluation report, in English, completed by International Consultants of Delaware, Inc. (ICD).  The evaluation must include a certified copy of the school transcript which has been translated into English.  For instructions on the credentialing process and fees you may contact ICD.  Their contact information is as follows: International Consultants of Delaware, Inc., P.O. Box 8629, Philadelphia, PA 19101-8629, Contact Number: (215) 222-8454 x 603; Web Address:


An applicant residing within the state of Georgia must have graduated from a board recognized massage therapy educational program in order to be licensed in this state.  Refer to the Board Rules under Chapter 345-8 on the website for the curriculum and faculty requirements and documentation required for a massage therapy education program to be considered for recognition by the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy. Links to Board rules may be found here.

Programs located outside of the state of Georgia must have requirements substantially equal to or greater than those required of a Georgia based program pursuant to Board Rule under Chapter 345-8. It is the responsibility of the applicant to request and cause the submission of their massage therapy program's certification, regulatory Board or other entity recognition and/or any other criteria requested by the Georgia Board. Not all massage therapy educational programs will be acceptable to the Georgia Board.

In addition, you must complete a program with one transcript stating all the hours earned and in what subject areas or curriculum, even hours transferred in from another program or school. Multiple, incomplete transcripts will not be accepted.

No, there is no requirement at this time to offer a Georgia Law Exam as a requirement for licensure in this state. Licensees are required, and expected, to be familiar with the laws and rules regulating the practice on massage therapy in the state of Georgia.

Yes. The Board will accept a passing score on any one of the following exams as having met one of the requirements for licensure to practice massage therapy in this state:

  • From the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB):
    • National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM); or,
    • National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB): or,
    • National Examination for State Licensure (NESL)
  • From the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB):
    • Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam (MBLEx)
NOTE:  If your scores have been invalidated or nullified for any reason, you will not be eligible for licensure in the state of Georgia.

Yes, but ONLY for NON-RESIDENTS OF GEORGIA. See the Board Rule 345-3-.01 and Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 43-24A) for details regarding eligibility and requirements.

Criminal background checks are required by the law (O.C.G.A. § 43-24A-8, 13) for each application submitted. Refer to "Application/Form Download" section of the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy website to obtain the Fingerprint COGENT-GAPS Instructions. Applicants must register with Cogent Systems and follow the guidelines found on their website.

*DISCLAIMER: The Georgia Board of Massage Therapy is not responsible for unacceptable or rejected fingerprints submitted; it is the vendor’s responsibility to provide acceptable fingerprints.

For those applicants NOT located/living in the state of GA, the fingerprints and processing must be completed at a Georgia COGENTS/GAPS location.


 Georgia Board of Massage Therapy

 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217-3858

(478) 207-2440 (Customer Service) * (866) 888-1308 (Fax)


In the state of Georgia, applicants may contact the Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission in order to obtain a copy of your official student record and/or transcript.  The contact information for that entity is: 2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220, Tucker, Georgia 30084-5305; Phone number (770) 414-3300.

Applicants not educated within the state of Georgia are encouraged to contact the massage therapy licensing board in the state where your massage therapy education was received in order to identify the entity which has been the designated authority to maintain student records for private or public post secondary schools that have discontinued operations in that state.

O.C.G.A. § 50-13-9.1 Allows for an applicant and/or entity to petition the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy 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 demonstrate 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. 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.

The Georgia Board of Massage Therapy 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 may submit an Online License Verification request via the Online Services section of the website. Access the option by selecting the License Renewal link and enter your unique User ID and Password.  Once logged in, select the Verification of Licensure option which is located on the left of the page, then follow the instructions. 

Please note that a $35 fee is required before the verification will be issued. The license verification request will be processed and forwarded to the entity you indicated on the online form.  If you have multiple licenses and/or you need the license verification sent to multiple locations, you will be required to submit a new order and fee each time.

If you do not have access to a credit or debit card for payment of the fee, you may submit your request by mail using a check or money order.  Click here to access, download and print the order form. 


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