The Secretary of State guides you through the process of registering for a professional license. While you can submit a paper application, applying online is both speedy and safe.
What You Should Know:
- Read about the licensing requirements for professions such as accountants, registered nurses, and veterinarians.
- After your initial application, you'll need to renew your license every 2 years. Find out when your current license expires.
- Physicians, lawyers, insurance agents, pesticide applicators, and real estate agents are not licensed by the Secretary of State but rather with the state boards that directly oversee those professions.
- Follow the latest news on professional licensing boards.
I've just moved from another state where I held a professional license. Can I practice here?
Your out-of-state license does not qualify you to work in Georgia. However, if the standards for getting a license in your old home state are roughly equal to or more difficult than the Georgia standards, you're eligible to apply for a license. Learn more about this by visiting your profession's licensing board.
What should I do if I let my license lapse?
Where can I find information about dental and pharmaceutical licenses?
To learn about dental and pharmaceutical license requirements or to learn how to renew a license, visit the Georgia Board of Dentistry (GBD) and the Georgia Board of Pharmacy (GBP) websites. During the 2013 legislative session, the legislature approved House Bill 132, moving the GBD and GBP from the Secretary of State's office to the Department of Community Health.
Source: Secretary of State and Department of Community Health. This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice. If you have questions regarding any matter contained on this page, please speak with the agency that is the source of the information.