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Responsibilities of a License Holder

What are my responsibilities as a license holder?

Certain personal responsibilities come with becoming a professional license holder in the state of Georgia.  Those responsibilities include the following:

1.   Renew your license prior to the expiration date of your license.  While the Secretary of State’s office sends courtesy reminders via email to license holders, it is ultimately the license holder’s responsibility to know the expiration date of his/her license and to renew that license in a timely manner.  Renewing the license includes submitting an online renewal application and answering each renewal application question truthfully, submitting any supporting documentation that may be required, completing any continuing education requirements that may be required, and paying the renewal application fee.  The period for renewing your license usually begins within 60-90 days prior to the expiration date of your license.  License holders may renew their licenses online via the Board’s website at:  Renewal Portal   After you submit your renewal application, it is your responsibility to check the status of your renewal online through the My Verification Page .  Failure to complete and submit your renewal application by the license expiration date will result in a lapsed license.  To reinstate a lapsed license you will have to file a reinstatement application, meet all reinstatement requirements for your profession which may mean additional training and/or testing, and pay the reinstatement fee.  Please keep in mind that reinstatement of a license is at the discretion of the Board.

2.  If your name changes, please notify the Board.   Please be sure to include your name, license number, social security number, your new name, and a copy of the legal documentation granting the name change. 

3.  Submitting address and/or email address changes.  Please be sure to submit your address and email address changes via the online link found here:  address change .  Failure to keep your address and email address current will result in our inability to send you notifications from the Board.  Facility license holders may not submit facility address changes online; please review specific Board requirements regarding changes in facility addresses.

4.  Keep current with Georgia laws and Board rules.   Georgia laws and Board rules are made available on the Board’s website for your convenience.  The General Provisions in Title 43-1 apply to all professional licensing boards and they are available here:  General Provisions 

According to the sworn statement your initial application and/or renewal application, you agree to become familiar and follow the state laws and board rules governing your profession.  Failure on your part to abide by the state laws and board rules may result in disciplinary action being taken against you by the licensing board governing your profession.  You may register with the Interested Parties List if you would like to receive email notifications of changes to the board rules governing your profession:  Interested Parties Registration. 

5.  O.C.G.A. § 43-1-27 requires any licensee who is convicted of a felony to notify the appropriate licensing authority of the conviction within ten (10) days of the conviction.  Failure to notify the Board of any such conviction shall be considered grounds for revocation of his/ her license, permit, registration, or certification.


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