Apply for Massage Therapist Licensure

How To Apply

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 business 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    • Please Note – Incomplete applications may be withdrawn if noted deficiencies are not satisfied within 60 days of said notification. If your application is withdrawn, you will be required to restart the application process to be considered for licensure, to include submission of all required documents and fees.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 for 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.
  • Wait For It
    • You may not legally perform services until you hold an active license.

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. See program information here >>

  • 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 >>


MT application


Provisional permit


Educational program application


MT renewal


MT late renewal


MT Reinstatement


MT Endorsement


Educational program renewal


Inactive status

No fee

License pocket card


Durable plastic license pocket card


Decorative wall certificate


Verification of licensure


Processing Fees - Effective 3/15/2022

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

Massage Therapist

If you have never held a massage therapy license in Georgia or have an expired massage therapy license in another state or U.S. territory, submit this application and fee.

Massage Therapist Provisional Permit

Provisional Permits are only available to persons who are not residents of Georgia and meet the requirements set forth in Board Rules.


If you have previously held a massage therapy license in Georgia and it has expired for more than two years, you submit a reinstatement application and fee, submit the required continuing education, and re-take the exam.

Inactive Status

If you want to cease the practice of massage therapy in Georgia temporarily, you may be eligible to apply for Inactive Status.


If you have previously held a massage therapy license in Georgia and it has expired for less than two years, you submit a reactivation application and fee.


If you have an active massage therapy license(s) in another state of U.S. Territory, apply for licensure by endorsement.


If you need to renew your massage therapy license to keep your license up to date, apply for licensure renewal before October 31st of even-numbered years to avoid late fees.

How to File

To file online:

Navigate to GOALS to register and login to the license portal >>

To file by mail: 

Please contact us to request a mail-in application.

Identification Card

Once your license has been issued, you may order an Identification Card.

Contact Georgia Board of Massage Therapy