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Is it time to renew your Georgia RN license?

January 31, 2013 is fast approaching ' and that means many Georgia registered nurses will need to renew their license. Please take a moment to visit the Board's web site at and verify the expiration date of your license. If your license expires January 31, 2013 and you wish to renew, please visit the Board's web site at, click on "License Renewal" and follow the onscreen directions to complete your renewal.

As you prepare to renew your license, please remember that in 2011, Georgia law was amended to enact the "Secure and Verifiable Identity Document Act." This Act requires applicants for licensure or renewal to submit a secure and verifiable document regarding the individual's U.S. citizenship status. Many licensees have questioned whether or not they would be required to submit the secure and verifiable documentation: The answer is YES. All applicants for renewal-no matter how long you have been licensed-must submit secure and verifiable documentation regarding their citizenship status. Submitting the documentation is quite easy if you follow these simple steps:

1) If you are a U.S. citizen, submit a copy of one of the acceptable documents (a complete list is available on the Board's web site by clicking on "Application Downloads"). The easiest option is to simply submit a copy of your driver's license or U.S. passport. When submitting your documentation, please make sure the image is clear and readable. Also, please make sure to include your license number on any submitted documents.

2) If you are a qualified alien, please submit a copy of your qualified alien documents, which grant you the legal right to work in the U.S. (a complete list is available on the Board's web site by clicking on "Application Downloads"). If submitting a copy of a card, please submit copies of the front and back of the card. When submitting your documentation please make sure that the image is clear and readable. Also, please make sure that you include your license number on any submitted documents.

If you answer "yes" to any of the renewal questions regarding arrests, disciplinary action or substance abuse treatment, you will be required to submit certified documents showing the final disposition of the case as well as a personal letter of explanation regarding the incident(s). Your renewal cannot be completed until the required documents have been submitted and reviewed.

Finally, after you have completed your renewal, please visit the Board's web site and use the online verification feature to ensure that your license is active and that the expiration date has been updated. It is your responsibility to ensure that the renewal is completed. Effective July 1, 2012, the Professional Licensing Boards no longer mails pocket cards to licensees. You may visit the Board's web site at click on "Print License" and follow the onscreen instructions to print a copy of your pocket card.

When submitting documents as part of the renewal process, please allow adequate time for our staff to process and review the information. Most importantly, complete your renewal now-do not wait until January 31! To ensure that your license renewal is completed by February 1, 2013, please complete the online renewal process and submit your required documentation as soon as possible.

By Jim Cleghorn, Executive Director, Georgia Board of Nursing
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Author:Cleghorn, Jim
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Date:Nov 1, 2012
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