Apply for PT or PTA Licensure

How to Apply

If you would like to apply as a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant, it is required that you file with the Secretary of State and renew every two years. Review the requirements and the step-by-step guide below. 

  • Licensure requires completing an application, get it signed and notarized, and pay the required fee.   
  • See specific instructions for application depending on license and application type. 
  • You must submit all the required documentation and fees in order to be considered for licensure. 
  • Renewal is completed online and is required by December 31st of odd numbered years. Late renewal period is January 1st through January 31st of even numbered years. 

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

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy (Foreign Trained)

Physical Therapy Assistant

Physical Therapy Assistant (Foreign Trained)

PT & PTA Reinstatement

PT & PTA Endorsement

PT and PTA 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 have received a deficiency letter, your application processing period of 15 days restarts upon the Board receiving the 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    • Please note – Incomplete applications may be withdrawn if noted deficiencies are not satisfied within 60 days of said notification. If your application is withdrawn, you will be required to restart the application process to be considered for licensure, to include submission of all required documents and fees.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 reviewed by Board staff and may be reviewed by the Board at an upcoming Board Meeting. Applications must be complete at least 10 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.
  • Check Application Status >>
  • 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 >>

Fees

Physical Therapist Application

$75

Physical Therapist Assistant Application

$75

PT Renewal

$65

PT Late Renewal

$90

PTA Renewal

$45

PTA Late Renewal

$55

Reinstatement (if expired less than 2 years)

$100

Reinstatement (if expired more than 2 years)

$150

Inactive status

No fee

Processing Fees - Effective 3/15/2022

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

Physical Therapist

If you have never been licensed before in the state of Georgia apply for licensure by Application/Examination. 

Physical Therapist (Foreign Trained)

If you have never been licensed before in the state of Georgia apply for licensure by Application/Examination. 

Physical Therapist Assistant

If you have never been licensed before in the state of Georgia apply for licensure by Application/Examination. 

Physical Therapist Assistant (Foreign Trained)

If you have never been licensed before in the state of Georgia apply for licensure by Application/Examination. 

PT / PTA Reinstatement

If you have previously held this license before you must submit a reinstatement application and fee. 

PT and PTA Endorsement

If you have previously held this license in another state and you are service member, a transitioning service member or a military spouse you will apply for licensure by reciprocity. You must submit this application by mail. 

PT and PTA Renewal

If you currently hold this license and need to renew to keep your license up to date, apply for licensure renewal before March 31 of the year it expires to avoid late fees. 

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 Occupational Therapy 
237 Coliseum Drive 
Macon, Georgia 31217 

  • After renewing online or by mail, CHECK your license expiration date online to assure the renewal was completed. 
  • Please note, if you fail to apply for the renewal of your license before the deadline, a reinstatement application will be required. Reinstatement applications must be submitted by paper only.

Contact

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Related Resources

Contact Georgia Board of Physical Therapists