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Chapter 276-14 RENEWAL AND REINSTATEMENT PROCESS

Rule 276-14-.01 Renewal of License

Hearing Aid Dealers and Dispenser licenses shall expire on December 31st of every odd numbered year. Licensed Dispensers are required to obtain twenty (20) continuing education hours in accordance with Board Rule 276-10.

Rule 276-14-.02 Late Renewal

Each license will expire and must be renewed by December 31st of every odd numbered year. Licensees are not to practice with an expired license. A license not renewed by December 31st of every odd numbered year will be considered for late renewal until March 31 of even year by the payment of the current renewal fee, plus an additional 50% of the renewal fee. Late renewal applications must be accompanied by proof that all CE requirements (Dispensers) have been met for the current biennium renewal period. Licensees are not to practice after December 31st of every odd numbered year until the license is renewed or reinstated.

Rule 276-14-.03 Reinstatement of License

Following the late renewal penalty period, all non-renewed licenses will be revoked by operation of law for non-renewal, and an application for reinstatement must be submitted to seek re-licensure.

(a) Reinstatement shall be within the sole discretion of the Board.
(b) A person applying for reinstatement shall submit the following:
1. For both dealer and dispenser applicants for reinstatement, a completed reinstatement application and the non-refundable reinstatement application fee; and
2. For only dispenser applicants for reinstatement, applying within one (1) year of the effective date of the lapsed license, verification of twenty (20) hours of Board approved continuing education obtained within two years prior to the date the reinstatement application is received by the Board administrative staff (Refer to Board Rule 276-10 for continuing education information).
3. For only dispenser applicants for reinstatement, applying after one (1) year of the effective date of the lapsed license, verification of the retake and passage of both the written and practical examinations required for licensure within one year prior to the date the reinstatement application is received by the Board administrative staff, and verification of twenty (20) hours of Board approved continuing education obtained within two years prior to the date the reinstatement application is received by the Board administrative staff (Refer to Board Rule 276-10 for continuing education information).
(c) Individuals currently/actively licensed and practicing full time in the field of dispensing hearing aids in another state or jurisdiction filing for the reinstatement of a Georgia hearing aid dispensers license shall submit verification of twenty (20) hours of Board approved continuing education obtained within two years prior to the date of the reinstatement application (Refer to Board Rule 276-10 for continuing education information).

Rule 276-14-.04 Revocation

The Board shall have the authority to revoke a license of a licensee pursuant to O.C.G.A. 43-1-19 and O.C.G.A. 43-20-16. The voluntary surrender of a license or the failure to renew a license in accordance with Board rules shall have the same effect as a revocation of said license.