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Chapter 54-3 APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Rule 54-3-.01 Application

(1) Any person who seeks to practice as an athlete agent shall apply for registration on forms which are available online through the Secretary of State's website, or will be provided upon request.
(2) Any person who seeks to practice as an athlete agent shall submit an Application for Athlete Agent Registration.
(3) Business Location. The applicant shall provide the Secretary of State with the street address of the principal place of business from which the applicant proposes to conduct business as an athlete agent.
(4) Training and Experience. Each applicant shall submit affidavits or certificates of completion of any and all formal training and practical experience in any one of the following areas:
(a) Contracts,
(b) Contract negotiations,
(c) Complaint resolution,
(d) Arbitration, and
(e) Civil resolution of contract disputes.
(f) Persons without experience in at least one of the five (5) areas listed in this subsection may request in writing that the Secretary of State consider other relevant training and practical experience. The written request must set forth with particularity the specific training and practical experience which the applicant possesses and the applicant's reasons for requesting that the requirements of this subsection be waived. The Secretary of State, in its sole discretion, may accept other relevant training, education or experience that it deems to be appropriate.
(5) An application must be completed within six (6) months of the date the first document was received by the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State will only approve qualified applicants who submit a complete file which consists of an Application for Athlete Agent Registration (with attached affidavits or certificates of completion), Surety Bond, and appropriate application fee.

Rule 54-3-.02 Fees

Each application must be accompanied by an application fee. Application fees are non-refundable. See fee schedule for the current list of fees.

Rule 54-3-.03 Surety Bond

(1) An applicant for registration shall deposit with the Secretary of State a surety bond in the penal sum of not less than $10,000. At no time during any registration period shall the athlete agent be without the bond. The bond shall be executed in favor of the State with a surety company authorized to do business in Georgia. The bond shall be conditioned to pay a pro rata share of the amount of the bond for damages to each athletic department aggrieved by any act which the agent commits which violates Official Code of Georgia Annotated § 43-4A-16 or any act which would be grounds for revocation of the athlete agent's registration under Official Code of Georgia Annotated §§ 43-4A-7 or 43-4A-8.
(2) If a registered athlete agent fails to maintain a surety bond, the Secretary of State shall suspend the registration until such time as the agent obtains a new bond. An athlete agent shall not carry on business as an athlete agent during such period of suspension.

Rule 54-3-.04 [Repealed]

Rule 54-3-.05 [Repealed]

Rule 54-3-.06 [Repealed]

Rule 54-3-.07 Refusal to Grant Registration

(1) The Secretary of State may refuse to grant a registration or may limit and/or restrict a registration upon making a finding that an applicant has committed any act which is enumerated in Official Code of Georgia Annotated Title 43.
(2) The Secretary of State shall notify an applicant in writing of the Secretary of State's refusal to grant a registration. The notice shall set forth the reason(s) for the refusal.
(3) Within sixty (60) days of receipt of a notice of refusal to grant a registration, an applicant may file a written request to appear before the Secretary of State as a non-contested case under the Administrative Procedures Act. The Secretary of State will then schedule a time for the applicant to appear before the Secretary of State at a regularly scheduled meeting. The applicant may present additional documentation at the scheduled appearance.
(4) The Secretary of State shall notify the applicant, in writing, of the decision after a scheduled appearance with the applicant.
(5) An applicant who has been refused registration may submit a new application, supporting documentation, and the appropriate fee to the Secretary of State subsequent to receipt of notification of the refusal of the registration.

Rule 54-3-.08 Military Spouses and Transitioning Service Members

(1) As used in this rule, the following terms shall mean:
(a) "License" means any license issued by the Secretary of State to practice as an Athlete Agent in the state of Georgia.
(b) "Military" means the United States armed forces, including the National Guard.
(c) "Service member" means an active or reserve member of the armed forces, including the National Guard.
(d) "State" means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.
(e) "Transitioning service member" means a member of the military on active duty status or on separation leave who is within twenty-four (24) months of retirement or twelve (12) months of separation.
(2) Effective January 1, 2021, military spouses and transitioning service members stationed within this state shall 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 and:
(a) Holds a current license to practice such occupation or profession issued by another state for which the training, experience, and testing are substantially similar in qualifications and scope to the requirements under this state to obtain a license;
(b) Is in good standing in such other state; and
(c) Passes any examination that may only be required to demonstrate knowledge of the laws and rules and regulations of this state specific to the practice of the profession, business, or trade for which such expedited license by endorsement is being sought.