Compilation of Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia
Department 430 - RULES OF GEORGIA STATE BOARD OF EXAMINERS IN OPTOMETRY.
Chapter 430-2 - REGISTRATION
Rule 430-2-.07 - Renewal of Licenses

Universal Citation: GA Rules and Regs r 430-2-.07

RULE 430-2-.07. Renewal of Licenses

(1) Each person holding a valid license to practice optometry shall renew said license with the Division Director by completing and filing the renewal form furnished by the Board. Said licenses expire on December 31 of every odd-numbered years and shall be renewed biennially upon payment of the biennial renewal fees and providing proof, if selected for an audit, of the completion of the required continuing education hours. The renewal form shall be considered filed with the Board upon being postmarked. All forms not postmarked by December 31 of the odd numbered years shall be considered late.

(2) Each person holding a valid license to practice optometry who does not renew said license by December 31 of the odd-numbered years shall be afforded a late renewal for a period of thirty (30) days after the deadline date. Late renewals shall be processed after filing the renewal form, payment of the renewal fee and late renewal penalty fee and providing proof, if selected for an audit, of the required continuing education hours. The late renewal form shall be considered filed with the Board upon being postmarked. All late renewal forms not postmarked by January 30 following the December 31 deadline shall not be considered timely filed with the Board.

(3) Any service member as defined in O.C.G.A. ยง43-1-31 whose license to practice optometry expired while serving on active duty outside the state shall be permitted to practice optometry in accordance with the expired license and shall not be charged with a violation relating to such practice on an expired license for a period of six (6) months from the date of his or her discharge from active duty or reassignment to a location within the state. Any such service member shall be entitled to renew such expired license without penalty within six (6) months after the date of her or her discharge from active duty or reassignment to a location with the state. The service member must present to the board a copy of the official military orders or a written verification signed by the service member's commanding officer to waive any charges.

(4) After the late renewal time period, all non-renewed licenses will be revoked by operation of law for non-renewal, and will require reinstatement at the discretion of the Board.

O.C.G.A. Secs. 43-1-4, 43-1-19, 43-1-25, 43-30-5, 43-30-18.

(Original Rule entitled "Renewal of Licenses" adopted. F. Oct. 2, 2001; eff. Oct. 22, 2001. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. July 28, 2005; eff. Aug. 17, 2005.)
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