How to Guide: Psychologist

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for a professional license as a Psychologist, it is required that you file an application with the Secretary of State. Review the requirements and the step-by-step guides below. Psychologist licenses expire every two years on December 31st of even numbered years.

  • Licensure requires signatures across all forms along with an application fee. Some forms require notarizing. See specific instructions below for these instructions.  
  • Please keep a copy of everything you submit to the board. 
  • The Georgia Board will only review completed applications.  
  • Renewal is completed online and is required on or just before December 31st of Even numbered years. Late renewal period is January 1st – 31st of Odd numbered years.  

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

Psychologist Licensure by Examination

Psychologist Licensure by Exam Waiver

Psychologist by Endorsement

Temporary Permit

Provisional Permit

Psychologist by CPQ Designation

Volunteer Psychologist

Reinstatement

Inactive Status

Reactivation Of An Inactive Status License

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    • Please Note – Incomplete applications may be withdrawn if noted deficiencies are not satisfied within 60 days of said notification. If your application is withdrawn, you will be required to restart the application process to be considered for licensure, to include submission of all required documents and fees.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

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 Points

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

Licensure application

$100

Endorsement application

$100

Temporary license application

$100

Provisional license application

$100

Volunteer license application

$25

Volunteer license renewal

$15

Volunteer license late renewal

$25

Licensure renewal

$250

Licensure late renewal

$375

Reinstatement

$250

Inactive status

$25

Reactivation of an inactive status

$250

Decorative wall certificate

$50

License verification

$35

Duplicate pocket card

$25

Exam fees

Paid directly to exam vendor

Processing Fees - Effective 3/15/2022

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

Psychologist Licensure by Examination

If you have never been licensed before and have never taken and passed the required national licensure examination, and you meet all the requirements for licensure as a Psychologist...

Psychologist Licensure by Exam Waiver

If you have never been licensed before and have taken and passed the required national licensure examination, and you meet all the requirements for licensure as a Psychologist...

Psychologist by Endorsement

If you hold a current, unencumbered Psychologist license in another state or jurisdiction and wish to apply for licensure in Georgia...

Temporary Permit

If you desire a Temporary Permit to practice psychology in Georgia while you go through the process to obtain the full two-year renewable psychologist license...

Provisional Permit

If you desire a Provisional Permit to practice psychology in Georgia while you go through your post-doctoral supervised work experience and the process to obtain the full two-year renewable psychologist license...

Psychologist by CPQ Designation

A person who holds the Certificate of Professional Qualification (CPQ) issued by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) will be deemed by the Board as...

Volunteer Psychologist

A Volunteer Service Psychologist license may be granted to persons who are retired from the practice of psychology or who have a current, unencumbered active license in another US state.

Reinstatement

If you have previously held this license and it has lapsed, expired, or is revoked, you may apply for Reinstatement of the license

Inactive Status

If you hold a current, unencumbered Psychologist license and do not intend to practice in Georgia and therefore do not intend to use the title Licensed Psychologist...

Reactivation Of An Inactive Status License

If you have previously requested your professional psychologist license be placed in inactive status and would like to reactivate your license...

Licensure Renewal

Psychologist licenses expire every two years on December 31st of even 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 Psychology  
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 Georgia Board of Psychology