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Submit a  completed application, non-refundable application fee, photo taken within one  year, official transcripts from the College   of Optometry (showing  completion of degree and graduation date) mailed separately by school and certified  scores of Parts I, II, III, and the TMOD of the National Boards Examination. Applicants  must also take and pass the Georgia Optometry Laws & Rules Exam providing  scores to the Georgia Board of Optometry.

According  to Rule 430-2-.01 candidates for licensure in Georgia will be required to pass  Parts 1, 2 and 3 if applicable of the National Board examinations; and  Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease (TMOD) examination, and the Georgia  State Jurisprudence examination administered by Professional Services, Inc.,  (PSI) or the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.

Once all  official results from the examination section, Board office review and  submitted documentation are received please allow up to 25 days to receive a  license number.  Once your license has  been issued, it will be available on the website under "license verification."

You may print your license from our website or order a hard copy of it for a fee of $25.


  1. Applicant  must complete the reinstatement application.
  2. Applicant  must pay a reinstatement fee of $500.
  3. The  Board must approve all reinstatements.


If a licensee has reached their sixty-fifth (65th)  birthday, demonstrates an inability to practice Optometry or can provide  certification of disability to practice Optometry, has a current active license  in good standing and isn’t under administrative disciplinary action, court  action or probation he/she may request that their license be placed on Inactive  status under the provisions set forth in Board  Rule 430-2-.05.

Applicant  must complete the reactivation application with the required $175 non-refundable  reactivation fee (an adminstrative fee of $50 and $125 applicable renewal fee  for the period which the license is reactivated must be paid).  The doctor of Optometry must submit evidence  of attendance at 10 hours of Board-approved continuing education for each year  or portion of year in which his/her licensee has been inactive. These hours  must be completed during a six-month period preceeding reactivation of the  license.

All  address changes must be reported to the Board within 10 days after the move.  The most efficient way to change an address is through our website.  You may also submit address changes in writing. The license number, name as it appears on the license, the old address and the new address is required.    Address changes may be submitted by mail or fax (866)888-1308. 

To request a name change, submit the legal document causing the name change (divorce decree, marriage certificate) and a written request providing the name as you wish it to appear on the license, by fax to 866-888-7127, or via e-mail to ExamBoards-Healthcare@sos.state.ga.us.

No. However, an applicant may become  licensed by Endorsement if her/she holds a license that was obtained by  examination from another state or territory of the United States.

  • Submit a completed application, non-refundable application fee, photo taken within one year, official       transcripts from the College of Optometry (showing completion of degree and graduation date) mailed separately by school and certified scores of Parts I, II, III, and the TMOD of the National Boards Examination.
  • A certification of licensure form should be sent to the Board from all states you hold an Optometry license.       (Mailed directly to the Board Office from state.)
  • All applicants for licensure by endorsement must have been engaged in the active practice of optometry for       at least five (5) years of the seven (7) years immediately preceeding his or her application. (Submit copy of resume with application.)
  • All applicants for licensure by endorsement must currently be certified in coronary pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and maintain a minimum of one million dollars ($1,000,000) in malpractice insurance coverage.  Mail copies of current certification and insurance policies with application.
  • Applicants for licensure by endorsement are required to take and pass the Georgia Optometry Laws & Rules Exam providing scores to the Georgia Board of Optometry.


  1. Complete the renewal application that will be mailed to you at the time of renewal, or renew online.
  2. All licenses will expire December 31st of odd numbered years.
  3. The renewal fee is $125.00.
  4. Attain the required number of Continuing Education hours. See Rule 430-2-.04 for specific continuing education requirements.
  5. After December 31st a fee in the amount of $325.00 is required if you submit your renewal between January 1st and January 31st of the following year.
  6. After January 31st of the following year, your license will automatically go into a Lapse status.


The  Georgia State Board of Optometry has adopted Rule  430-2-.04. ARBO’s OE Tracker Program  is designed to archive into a centralized data base CE attendance data from any  format.  Continuing Education shall be  verified on all licensees through the Association of Regulatory Board of  Optometry OE Tracker Program.


All  licensees must register with the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO). www.arbo.org.  After the  licensee registers at the website he/she must login and it will give them  his/her card number. 

ONLY those  randomly selected for Continuing Education audit must submit proof of their  continuing education credits along with their renewal application. You  will receive specific instructions if you are chosen for an audit.


 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.


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