How to Apply

To apply for a professional license as a Dispensing Optician, it is required that you file an application with the Secretary of State. Dispensing Optician licenses expire every two years on March 31st of odd numbered years.

  • Licensure requires signatures across all forms along with an application fee. Some forms require notarizing. See specific instructions below for these instructions.  
  • See specific instructions for application depending on license and application type. 
  • You must submit all the required documentation and fees to be considered for licensure. 
  • You should retain a copy of everything you submit to the board. 
  • Renewal is completed online and is required by March 31st of odd numbered years. Late renewal period is April 1 to April 30 of odd numbered years. 

Select your application type to view instructions on how to apply: 

Dispensing Opticians Licensure by Education

Dispensing Optician Licensure by Experience

Dispensing Optician Licensure by Education and Experience

Dispensing Optician Licensure Application - Military Only

Optician Apprentice Licensure

Reinstatement

Renewal Checklist

After you Apply – What to Expect

  • Processing Time – Applications are generally processed within 20 business days of receipt, excluding weekends and holidays. Applications are individually evaluated by the Board in order of date received, and processing times can vary based on individual circumstances and volume. 
    • If you receive a deficiency letter, your 20 day count restarts when the Board receives your correct and complete documentation.
    • Please Note – Incomplete applications may be withdrawn if noted deficiencies are not satisfied within 60 days of said notification. If your application is withdrawn, you will be required to restart the application process to be considered for licensure, to include submission of all required documents and fees. 
    • Completed applications will be initially reviewed by Board staff and may be reviewed by the Board at an upcoming Board Meeting. Applications must be complete and received at least 15 days prior to a Board Meeting to be added to that meeting’s agenda. Otherwise, the application will be reviewed at the next Board meeting.
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  • Keep Your Contact Info Up to Date
    • Be sure the email address you include for yourself on your application is correct and current. Email is the primary means of communication used by the Board.  
    • Additionally, it is important for applicants/licensees to update their email address with the Board just as they would update their physical and mailing addresses.

Disability Accommodations

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA Public Law 101-336), the Professional Licensing Boards Division provides for reasonable accommodations by designated vendors for exam candidates with disabilities that may interfere with their performance on a Licensure Examination.  

Applicants may request an accommodation under the American with Disabilities Act by submitting an application and all supporting documentation to the respective Board and/or a designated vendor as instructed on this form>>

 

Veteran’s Preference

Veterans, military service members, transitioning service members and military spouses of the armed forces of the United States, including the National Guard, may be eligible for exam point credits and/or expedited application processes. Download program information>>

  • If you are claiming Veteran’s Preference Points, you must enclose a copy of your DD-214 form, showing that you served during a period of conflict or war for a minimum of 90 days. Contact the VA to request make a DD-214 Request >>

Fees

Application

$115

Apprentice registration

$35

Renewal

$65

Late renewal

$150

Reinstatement

$160

License pocket card

$25

Decorative wall certificate

$50

License verification

$35

Roster of licensees

$50

Processing Fees - Effective 3/15/2022

  • Online processing fee: $5.00
  • Mail-In processing fee: $10.00

Dispensing Opticians Licensure by Education

If you have never been licensed in Georgia as a Dispensing Optician and meet the education requirements for licensure as a Dispensing Optician...

Dispensing Optician Licensure by Experience

If you have already obtained the required experience as a registered apprentice...

Dispensing Optician Licensure by Education and Experience

If you have never been licensed before in Georgia as a Dispensing Optician, and have completed a combination of the education and experience as a Georgia Board registered Apprentice required for a Dispensing Optician’s license...

Dispensing Optician Licensure Application - Military Only

For military spouses and transitioning service members by Endorsement.

Optician Apprentice Licensure

Individuals who plan to apply for licensure as a Dispensing Optician in Georgia who do not have the required experience must first register with the Board as an Apprentice...

Reinstatement

If your Dispensing Opticians license has lapsed for failure to renew or been revoked by the Board, you can apply to have that license reinstated.

Renewal Checklist

Dispensing Optician licenses expire every two years on March 31st of odd numbered years.

How to File

To file online:

Once your checklist is completed, please create an account and upload all documents through the online portal.

To file by mail: 

Call 404-424-9966 and request a paper renewal coupon be mailed to you. When completed, please mail the renewal coupon, the required fee, and any supporting documents to: 

Georgia Board of Dispensing Opticians 
237 Coliseum Drive 
Macon, Georgia 31217 

  • After renewing online or by mail, CHECK your license expiration date online to assure the renewal was completed. 

Contact

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Related Resources

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