GA - GAC
Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia
Terms and Conditions of Agreement for Access to Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia Website

(Note: certain features of this site have been disabled for the general public to prevent digital piracy. If you are an entitled government entity pursuant the Georgia Administrative Procedures Act, O.C.G.A.§ 50-13-7(d) contact the State of Georgia's Administrative Procedures Division at 678-364-3785 to enable these features for your location.)

To access this website, you must agree to the following:

These terms of use are a contract between you and/or your employer (if any), and Lawriter, LLC.

You agree not to use any web crawler, scraper, or other robot or automated program or device to obtain data from the website.

You agree that you will not sell or license anything that you download, print, or copy from this website.

THIS WEBSITE AND ITS CONTENT ARE PROVIDED "AS IS." THE STATE OF GEORGIA AND LAWRITER EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT AND ARE NOT LIABLE TO ANY PERSON FOR ANY ERRORS IN INACCURACIES CONTAINED IN THIS WEBSITE.

By accessing and/or using this website, you agree to the terms and conditions above. If you do not agree to the terms and conditions above, you must cease accessing and/or using this website and destroy all material obtained from this website without your agreement.

If you accept these terms enter the information below and click “I AGREE”.

Chapter 546-5 INITIAL FILINGS

Rule 546-5-.01 Causes for disciplinary actions

1) The Professional Licensing Division of the Secretary of State shall order the discipline, denial, suspension, or revocation of license issued pursuant to these rules, if it finds that the order is in the public interest and that such person:
a) Has filed an application for licensure which, as of its effective date or any date after filing in the case of an order denying effectiveness, contained a statement that was, in light of the circumstances under which it was made, false with respect to a material fact in the application;
b) Has violated or failed to comply with any provisions of these rules or O.C.G.A. § 43-20A;
c) Is the subject of an adjudication or determination, after notice and opportunity for hearing, within the last five years by any government agency or administrator of another state or a court of competent jurisdiction that the person has willfully violated the law of another state, but only if the acts constituting the violation of that state's law would constitute a violation of O.C.G.A. § 43-20A had the acts occurred in this state;
d) Has been convicted of any felony in the courts of this state or any other state, territory, or country or in the courts of the United States; as used in this paragraph and paragraph (e) of this subsection, the term "felony" shall include any offense which, if committed in this state, would be deemed a felony, without regard to its designation elsewhere; and, as used in this paragraph, the term "conviction" shall include a finding or verdict of guilty or a plea of guilty, regardless of whether an appeal of the conviction has been sought;
e) Within the last ten years has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude in the courts of this state or any other state, territory, or country or in the courts of the United States, the record of conviction being conclusive evidence of conviction, which the Secretary of State finds:
i) Involves the taking of a false oath, the making of a false report, bribery, perjury, burglary, or conspiracy to commit any of the foregoing offenses;
ii) Arises out of the conduct of immigration assistance; or
iii) Involves the theft, robbery, extortion, forgery, counterfeiting, fraudulent concealment, embezzlement, fraudulent conversion, or misappropriation of funds;
f) Is the subject of an order of the Secretary of State that denies, suspends, or revokes a license from such person other than a license issued pursuant to these rules or O.C.G.A. § 43-20A;
g) Is the subject of any of the following orders which are effective at the time of the Secretary of State's order and were issued within five years before the Secretary of State's order:
i) An order by an agency or administrator of another state, a foreign country, or the federal government, entered after notice and opportunity for hearing, that denies, suspends, or revokes a license from such person other than a license issued pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 43-20A;
ii) A United States Postal Service fraud order; or
iii) A cease and desist order entered after notice and opportunity for hearing by the Secretary of State or other state or federal authority;
h) Is determined by the Secretary of State not to be qualified pursuant to these rules or O.C.G.A. § 43-20A;
i) Violated or conspired to violate these rules or O.C.G.A. § 43-20A;
j) Engaged in conduct that significantly adversely reflects on the applicant's credibility, honesty, or integrity;
k) Has failed to cure any application deficiency within 30 days after being notified by the Secretary of State of a deficiency, but such an order shall be vacated when the deficiency is corrected, unless the applicant has abandoned the application; or
l) Has failed to comply with an order for child support as defined by O.C.G.A § 19-11-9.3. Notwithstanding the provisions of Chapter 13 of Title 50, the hearings and appeals procedures provided in Code Section 19-6-28.1 or 19-11-9.3, where applicable, shall be the only such procedures required under this subsection.
2) The Secretary of State shall not order the discipline, denial, suspension, or revocation of a license because a person has been found by the Georgia Higher Education Assistance Corporation to be a borrower in default who is not in satisfactory repayment status as defined in O.C.G.A. § 20-3-295.
3) Prior to issuing an order pursuant to paragraph (1), the Secretary of State shall consider:
a) How recently the conduct occurred;
b) The nature of the conduct and the context in which it occurred;
c) The degree of harm imposed upon others; and
d) Any other relevant conduct of the applicant.
4) If the Secretary of State determines that a licensee is no longer in existence or acting as an immigration assistance provider, the subject of an adjudication of incapacity, subject to the control of a trustee, conservator, or guardian, or cannot reasonably be located, the Secretary of State may issue an order that cancels or terminates the license. The Secretary of State may reinstate a canceled or terminated license, with or without hearing, and may make the license retroactive.
(d) An order issued pursuant to paragraph (1) shall constitute a final order, shall be deemed to be in the public interest, and shall not be deemed to constitute findings of fact or conclusions of law related to other persons. The entry of such an order shall not be deemed to be a waiver or estoppel on the part of the Secretary of State from proceeding in individual actions against any persons who may have violated these rules or O.C.G.A. § 43-20A, nor shall such an order prevent the Secretary of State from bringing individual actions against any persons who have violated these rules or O.C.G.A. § 43-20A, if such violation was not known to the Secretary of State at the time the order was issued.
(e) An order is not a proceeding or enforcement action pursuant to Chapter 13 of Title 50.