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Chapter 345-5 LICENSURE BY ENDORSEMENT

Rule 345-5-.01 Licensure by Endorsement

Any applicant holding a current license, in good standing, as a massage therapist issued by another jurisdiction, state, or territory of the US or foreign country whose licensure requirements are substantially equal to or exceeds the Georgia licensure requirements, shall apply for licensure by endorsement by submitting an application on a form provided by the Board, accompanied by the appropriate fee (see fee schedule) and provide the following:

(a) all supporting documents must be provided to the Board in the English language.

Documents must be translated by a reputable source subject to the discretion of the Board; and,

(b) verification that an applicant is at least 18 years of age; and,
(c) has a high school diploma, GED, or recognized equivalent; and,
(d) is a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident of the United States, and,
(e) has a satisfactory result from a fingerprint record check report conducted by the Georgia Crime Information Center and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as determined by the Board. The applicant shall be responsible for all fees associated with the performance of such background check (see instructions on how to register and complete the fingerprint check posted at www.sos.ga.gov/plb/massage, Application Downloads link); and,
(f) official verification of current licensure as a massage therapist, in good standing, from another jurisdiction, state, or territory of the United States or foreign country, including a copy of its licensing laws for massage therapist, whose standards for licensure meet or exceed those required by Georgia.
(g) The Board may request additional verification of any requirements or credentials as it may deem necessary.

Rule 345-5-.02 Endorsement for Military Spouses, Service Members and Transitioning Service Members

(1) As used in this rule, the following terms shall mean:
(a) "Board" means the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy.
(b) "License" means any license issued by the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy.
(c) "Military" means the United States armed forces, including the National Guard.
(d) "Military spouse" means a spouse of a service member or transitioning service member.
(e) "Service member" means an active or reserve member of the armed forces, including the National Guard.
(f) "Transitioning service member" means a member of the military on active duty status or on separation leave who is within 24 months of retirement or 12 months of separation.
(2) Effective July 1, 2017, military spouses, services members and transitioning service members may qualify for expedited processing of the license application by showing that the applicant is a military spouse or transitioning service member and that the applicant has paid the fee and meets the requirements for a license under the law and rules for the type of license for which the applicant has applied.