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Please refer to the Board Rules available on the website for all the information regarding licensure as a Podiatrist in Georgia. In general, the requirements are as follows:
*NOTE: Effective July 2011, the NBPME Exam will become known as the “American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination (APMLE) Parts I, II & III.
All applicants must have graduated from an approved College of Podiatry in the United States.
Yes, see question # 1 above. Information on the exam is available on the NBPME board’s website at: www.nbpme.info
Please visit the home page of Board's website to locate the link to the current fee schedule information or select the Quick Link on the right side of this page.
Application processing may take up to twenty-five (25) business days from the receipt of a complete 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.
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.
No. The Georgia Board of Podiatry Examiners does not provide for licensure by reciprocity.
No, however, there is a provision for a “limited” temporary license that may be issued to a Podiatrist from another state or country upon approval by the Board. Please refer to Board Rule 500-3-.01.
The Board will accept address changes via written correspondence submitted to the Board office requesting the update (please include your license number on all correspondence), by faxing the request to 866-888-7127, or you may change your address online via the Online Services tab located on the home page of the Board website.
A name change request must be submitted in writing to the Board offices accompanied by the supporting legal documents initiating the name change.
ONLY if you are selected for a Continuing Education Audit. A percentage of active licensees shall be selected randomly for a Continuing Education Audit by the Board during the renewal application process as well as after the expiration date of the license. If you are chosen for an audit during the renewal application process you will see specific instructions concerning the audit when you submit your renewal application on the online renewal site. If you receive a paper renewal form which indicates that you are selected for an audit the instructions for submissions are on the application form.
Those who are randomly selected for a post renewal audit (after expiration date) will receive written correspondence with instructions on how to satisfy the requirements of the audit. If a current, valid email address has been provided to the Board office, an email regarding your selection for an audit will be sent to you. If no email address is provided, the notice will be sent via mail.
Please note that all licensees are required to provide updated name and/or address information, to include a current email address (if applicable) within thirty (30) days of a change. A failure to do so may result in disciplinary action by the Board.
Those podiatrists who are randomly selected for an audit are to submit proof of their continuing education hours along with the Podiatry Continuing Education Audit Form to the Board office by fax to 866-888-1308 or by USPS mail to: 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217-3858. Please include your name and license number on all correspondence to the Board.
Georgia State Board of Podiatry Examiners
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217-3858
Customer Service Line: 478-207-2440
O.C.G.A. § 50-13-9.1 Allows for an applicant and/or entity to petition the Georgia State Board of Podiatry Examiners 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 demonstrates 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.