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Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy

237 Coliseum Drive

Macon, Georgia 31217-3858

Phone: 478-207-2440

Facsimile: 866-888-1308

Web Address: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36

Yes, if you meet the licensure requirements. You must hold a valid license issued by the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy in order to practice in Georgia.

You must submit a completed application with the required nonrefundable application fee and meet the current licensure requirements. Please visit the Board’s website at http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36 and review the policies, rules and Georgia law regulating the profession as well as the Fee Schedule for all fee requirements.

No. You cannot use your out of state license to practice in Georgia. You must hold a valid license issued by the Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy in order to practice in Georgia.

To be able to use physical agent modalities, or any occupational therapy techniques involving physical agent modalities, you must first have an additional board approved certification.  Practicing and/or instruction of modalities is prohibited on a client even under supervision of a PAMS certified therapist until a “Certification in all Modalities” has been awarded.  NO licensed OT/OTA may use modalities until “Certification in all Modalities” is awarded to a licensed individual by the Board.  


You must currently hold a Georgia OT or OTA license (not a limited permit) and have completed the Physical Agent Modalities Board Application (which can be downloaded from the website) showing the following:

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 90 contact hours of instruction or training in the required content areas
  • No less than 36 contact hours must be directly related to the specific theories and practical application of physical agent modalities
  • Please review all Georgia Occupational Therapy Laws and Rules before submitting a completed application. Please visit the Board’s website at http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36 for information on obtaining certification from the Board.

Once your application for initial licensure is complete, and all the supporting documents have been received, your application file will be reviewed within twenty-five (25) business days. If you meet the requirements and there are no grounds to delay processing, the license will be issued. Reinstatement applications must be reviewed by the Board; therefore, it is important to be cognizant of the board meeting dates and ensure that your application is complete at least two (2) weeks prior to that date.  

DO NOT accept employment in Georgia prior to the issuance of a license to practice in this state.

You may check the status of an application, verify an active license or print a copy of your license once issued by visiting the website http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36. You may also call the Board office at 478-207-2440.

The Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy may issue a limited permit to a person who has met the educational and experience requirements and is waiting to sit for the NBCOT examination. Please refer to Board rule 671-3-6 Limited Permit, and the Georgia Occupational Therapy Licensing Act § 43-28-12 (B). Both are available on the Board’s website, http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36.

Address changes can be completed on the Board’s website http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36 via the Online Services section, or you may also mail or fax in your request to the Board office. You must include your Occupational Therapy license number and a telephone number in case there are any questions. The Occupational Therapy Board’s fax number is 866-888-1308.

In order for the Board to change a name in the system you must submit to the Board a copy of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or court order. A copy of your driver’s license or social security card is not acceptable.

If you would like a new pocket card printed, please submit your written request and the required $25.00 fee to the Board. The mailing address is 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858. Once your payment has been processed, you should receive a new license pocket card within fifteen (15) business days.You may also print a copy of your license from the website http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36.

You may print a copy of your license from the website http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/36 or by submitting a written request to the Board for a duplicate card to be mailed to you. Include your name, address, license number and the required $25.00 fee.

The Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy requires each licensed OT and OTA to complete continuing education. A minimum 24 contact clock hours of continuing education is required for every renewal. Fourteen of the hours must relate to direct “hands on” patient care. Up to 12 hours may be obtained using on-line or home-study courses. The remaining hours can be in any contact area related to occupational therapy practice including but not limited to supervision, education, documentation, quality assurance, and administration. The Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy requires each licensed OT and OTA to complete up to 2 hours in Ethics, every two years or per each renewal period. Please refer to Rule 671-3-.08- Renewal of License/Penalties/Continuing Education Requirements for additional information.

All OT and OTA licenses expire on March 31st of all even numbered years. You are responsible for renewing your license during the renewal period prior to the expiration date. You will be notified by e-mail when the renewal goes 'live".  If you do not have an e-mail address on file, a postcard will be forwarded to your address of record. 

Yes, an OTA can work while the OT is not physically present in the building. Please refer to Rules 671-2-.02 – Supervision Defined and 671-2-.03- Direct Supervision Defined for additional information.

This is determined by the facilities policy and the reimbursing agent’s policy. Please review both policies for further information.

The Board no longer pre-approves any continuing education courses or continuing education providers.  Applicants and licensees are encouraged to review Board Rule 671-3-.08 regarding acceptable categories for professional continuing education activities.  

If you are interested in offering a CE course, please contact the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association (GOTA) at 1-770-435-5910 or view their website www.gaota.com.

Please review the American Occupational Therapy Association’s website (www.aota.org) for their guidelines and procedures. In addition, review your school’s policy and procedures on providing occupational therapy services to students within the school systems.


The Georgia State Board of Occupational 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 must complete the "Duplicate License - License Verification Request Form" located under the Application/Forms downloads section of the website 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.


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214 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
404.656.2881
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