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Frequently Asked Questions


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.


Yes, licensees may request that their license be placed on Inactive status under the provisions set forth in Board Rule 430-2-.05.

Submit an application for Reinstatement pursuant to Board rule 430-2-.09 

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 preceding 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 register with the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry(ARBO) www.arbo.org . After the licensee registers at the website he/she may login and will be given a OE Tracker Card/#. 

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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