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License Renewal Wait Times
The Secretary of
State’s Professional Licensing Boards Division is
diligently working on over 50,000 license renewals for
professionals across Georgia. We’ve received almost
3,000 calls daily and are responding to every inquiry as
promptly as possible.
In order to better serve professional licensees we
remind everyone that inquiries should only be made if
you have not received a confirmation e-mail by the 21st
business day that your license has successfully renewed.
If you have not received this confirmation, please
immediately contact our offices on the 22nd business day
at 478-207-2440 where dedicated support staff are
standing by. You can verify the status of your license
The most common
reason for delays or incomplete applications is the
Affidavit of Citizenship and Secure and Verifiable
Documentation (SVD) requirement. You must submit a
completed, signed and notarized Affidavit of Citizenship
along with a copy of your SVD. Examples of secure and
verifiable documents are driver’s license, U.S.
passport, or green card. If you have not submitted your
Affidavit of Citizenship and SVD, please do so via
e-mail at email@example.com
or fax: 478-314-9746. The link to the Affidavit of
Citizenship may be found here:
Affidavit of Citizenship
Please be mindful of
your fellow Georgia professionals and DO NOT make
multiple submissions of your documents via e-mail or
fax. The documents are manually reviewed and duplicate
submissions only delay processing times for both you and
Active-Renewal Pending Status
Due to the large
volume of documents that have been submitted, it is
unlikely that all renewals will be completed prior to
June 30, 2013. If a licensee submitted a renewal
application on or before June 30, 2013, the license
status should change to "Active-Renewal Pending" while
the staff awaits the submission of the required renewal
documentation. "Active-Renewal Pending" does not mean
that the license has lapsed, is inactive or invalid.
O.C.G.A. §50-13-18(b) states the following:
(b) When a licensee has made timely and sufficient
application for the renewal of a license or for a new
license with reference to any activity of a continuing
nature, the existing license does not expire until the
application has been finally determined by the agency
and, in case the application is denied or the terms of
the new license limited, until the last day for seeking
review of the agency order or at a later date fixed by
order of the reviewing court.
Please note that all renewal documentation (for
licensees who submitted a renewal application prior to
the expiration date) must be submitted/postmarked by end
of the late renewal period. Any documents
received/postmarked after that date will not be
reviewed, the license will be lapsed and the licensee
will be required to complete the reinstatement process.
Reminder: Please be aware that blue pocket cards
will no longer be mailed to licensees. Please print a
copy of your new or renewed license at this link:
you for your patience and cooperation as we strive to
process your requests in a timely and professional
Important Message from Secretary Kemp Concerning a
Change in License Delivery to Meet FY13 Budget Cuts
Amendments to O.C.G.A. § 50-36-1 became effective January 1, 2012. Georgia law will requires all applicants for licensure, and all those applying for renewal of an existing license, to submit secure and verifiable documentation with their application. A list of the approved Secure and Verifiable Documents
may be found here (PDF). Click here in order to begin your online renewal.