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You may access our website at sos.ga.gov/plb/nursinghome; Select Rules 393-3-.02 and 393-3-.03. The requirements are detailed and specific and require careful review by applicant.
The nursing home administrator
rules require the taking and passing of the National Association of Long Term
Care Boards of Nursing (NAB) exam.
If you have already taken the national exam required for your profession then you would apply for license by exam waiver.
All mail is opened in a central
location and distributed electronically to the respective boards administrative staff.A Licensure Analyst
will review each application and if needed, send a deficiency/status letter (by e-mail if address on file) to the applicant outlining any missing or deficient items.
The applicant may also access our website at sos.ga.gov/plb and select Check Application Status.If application, fee and all supporting documents (transcripts, experience verification, supervision verification, references, etc) have been received, the application file will be submitted for Board review at the next scheduled Board meeting.
The Board meets each quarter. Meeting dates are posted at the website under Board Meeting Information and only complete files are submitted for Board review.
Please allow up to ten (10) business days following a Board meeting, you will receive written communication of the Board’s decision. If a license has been issued you may verify this on our website at sos.ga.gov/plb/nursinghome. Select Verification of Licensure.
If you are or have ever been licensed in another state(s), please
have that/those state(s) officially certify by sending verification of the license
directly to the Georgia Professional Licensing Board’s office. If the state of licensure is one recognized by the Board you may apply by "Endorsement" (see Endorsement Application or listing of approved states).
Reciprocity is offered on a case by case basis to applicants from states with laws/rules substantially equivalent to those of Georgia. Please include a copy of your state’s laws and rules. For information see O.C.G.A 43-27-7 by clicking on Board Law at the website.
All licenses shall expire on December 31st of odd numbered years; are valid for two years @ your intitial renewal.
All licenses will expire on December 31st of each odd numbered year. You may renew your license online or call 478-207-2440 and request a paper renewal form be mailed to you.
You will receive an e-mail (with a valid e-mail address on file) when renewals are opened (i.e. go :"live") every two years. It is
critical that you keep your e-mail address, mailing address and physical address (not published) current with the Board. Address changes can be made online from www.sos.ga.gov/plb, or by submission (USPS mail service) to the Board office.
The responsibility of license renewal remains with the license holder.You must attain the required number of Continuing Education hours (see Georgia Board Rules 393-13-.01and 393-13-.02 for specific continuing education requirements)
Only those licensees randomly selected for Continuing Education audit or those renewing late must submit proof of their continuing education credits. You will receive specific instructions if you are chosen for an audit.
Yes, the Board does offer Inactive Status (see Board Rule 393-12-.04).
Any licensee whose license is on Inactive status may not practice or serve as the administrator of record of a nursing home. Requests for Inactive Status must be made to the Board in writing while the license is in "Active" status (ONLY).
A person who holds an inactive license may apply to reactivate the license by submitting a Reactivation application, fee and continuing education requirements. See Rule 393-12-.04.
No, See O.C.G.A. 43-27-7 by clicking on Board Law at the website.
The Board accepts address changes submitted online, via
letter, or by fax to 866-888-7127.
A name change request must be submitted in writing accompanied by supporting legal documents (Send copies - originals will not be returned).
You may print a copy of your license by following the link on the website www.sos.ga.gov/plb, or, request one to be mailed to you in writing along with the required $25.00 fee (money order, cashier’s check, certified check or personal check). Processing time is approximately 7 to 10 business days.
There is a form on the Board's website, "Application/Form Downloads" link you may use, or you can simply send a written request to the Board. There is a fee of $25 to process each requested verification. Please provide the name and full mailing address of the intended recipient of the verification.