New veterinary license renewal requirements for 2013-2014
Due to the passage of Georgia's immigration bill in 2011, Georgia law now requires all applicants for licensure, and all those applying for renewal of an existing veterinary license to submit secure and verifiable documentation with their application that will be reviewed by the Board. Examples of secure and verifiable documents are driver’s license, U.S. passport, or green card. A complete list of the approved Secure and Verifiable Documents may be found here.
How to submit secure and verifiable documentation
The Secretary of State's Office (SOS) is recommending that veterinarians renew their licenses online, and many are wondering how to submit documentation such as a driver's license via the online application. SOS suggests you either take a digital photo (using your smart phone for example) or a scan of the front and back of your driver's license or passport (not a photo of yourself). Be sure the photo or scan of your license is clearly legible. There is a link on the online application, before the payment, that will allow you to upload an electronic copy of your document.
An alternative method would be to photocopy your documentation and fax it to 478-314-9746 using this fax coversheet, or mail your documentation to Georgia Secretary of State, Professional Licensing Boards Division, 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA, 31217. However, please note that renewing by mail may take up to 4 weeks to process after the completed renewal form is received.
Submit a renewal online in minutes - just follow these quick and easy steps:
- Click on the License Renewal link on the State Board of Veterinary Medicine's website to begin the renewal process
- Step-by-Step instructions can be found here: www.sos.ga.gov/plb/renewal_process.htm
- Update address, phone number, e-mail address and answer the renewal questions
- Pay the $200 renewal fee(s) using an American Express, Mastercard, or Visa on the secure server
- Upload your secure and verifiable document
- Print the receipt of payment
- Verify the renewal online by the end of the next business day
If you choose not to renew online and would like to request a renewal form that will be mailed to your address on file with the board, please call (404) 463-1100.
For more on the changes in license renewal see this article from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Renew as early as possible. SOS processes many thousands of licenses each year, and the longer you wait the greater the likelihood of delay. A licensee cannot practice after 12/31/2012 without renewing their license.