How to Apply

Optometrist licenses expire every two years and are renewable on or before December 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. 
  • The Georgia Board will not review incomplete applications.  
  • Optometrists with DEA permits are required to register for the prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP). All new DEA prescriber registrants must register with the PDMP within thirty (30) days of obtaining a DEA Permit. 
  • To register for the PDMP visit https://dph.georgia.gov/pdmp on the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) website. For additional information or to submit any questions, requests or concerns regarding this please contact DPH at 404-463-1517 or send an email to [email protected]

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

Optometrist Licensure by Examination

Optometrist Licensure by Endorsement

Optometrist Voluntary Licensure

Optometrist Reinstatement

Optometrist Renewal

After you Apply – What to Expect

  • Processing Time – Applications are generally processed within 15 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 15 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    • Please Note – Incomplete applications may be withdrawn if noted deficiencies are not satisfied within 60 days of said notification. If your application is withdrawn, you will be required to restart the application process to be considered for licensure, to include submission of all required documents and fees.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

$300

Volunteer License

Processing Fee Only for Initial Application

Endorsement

$400

Reinstatement

$500

Volunteer License

$50

Renewal

$125

Volunteer License

$35

Late renewal

$325

Volunteer License

$50

Duplicate pocket identification card

$25

Decorative wall certificate

$50

Verification of licensure

$35

Roster of licensees

$100

Copied materials

$0.025/page

Processing Fees - Effective 3/15/2022

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

Optometrist Licensure by Examination

If you have never been licensed in Georgia as an Optometrist, have not taken any of the required exams, are not licensed in another state or jurisdiction, and you meet the requirements for licensure...

Optometrist Licensure by Endorsement

If you are licensed in another state or jurisdiction, and the license is current and unencumbered, and you wish to apply for a professional license as an Optometrist in Georgia by Endorsement it is required that you file an application with the Secretary.

Optometrist Voluntary Licensure

The volunteer licensee shall be permitted to practice optometry pursuant to Board Rule 430-2-.08 Volunteers in Optometry.

Optometrist Reinstatement

If you have previously held a Georgia Optometry license and it has lapsed for failure to renew or been revoked by the Board, you can apply to have that license reinstated.

Optometrist Renewal

Optometrist licenses expire every two years and are renewable on or before December 31st of odd numbered years. Late Renewal is January 1 to January 31 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 Optometry 
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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