Board Responds to Hurricane Matthew, Authorizes Temporary Licenses for Physicians of Affected Patients

October 7, 2016

The Georgia Composite Medical Board announced yesterday during its October meeting that temporary licenses would be approved and issued to physicians licensed in good standing in Florida or South Carolina whose patients were evacuated to Georgia.

The authority for the action is granted by O.C.G.A. § 43-34-32, which states: “The executive director, with the approval of the chairperson of the board, may in his or her discretion issue a temporary license to an applicant, which license shall have the same force and effect as a permanent license until the next regular meeting of the board when the temporary license shall become void.”

Physicians licensed in good standing in Florida or South Carolina whose patients are evacuated to Georgia as a result of Hurricane Matthew will be issued the temporary license upon making application for Georgia licensure. The physician should email to notify the Board of his or her need to care for his or her patients while they are temporarily relocated to Georgia. The temporary license will become void November 4, 2016, the date of the next regular meeting of the Board. A physician who has been issued a temporary license under these specific circumstances will be permitted to withdraw his or her application without penalty after the disaster.

Note: To apply online (the quickest way to file an application), go to, log in, and file an application for Physician license.

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