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License Fee Information

Verification of lawful presence in the United States is required by Georgia law before a license can be issued. Click here for instructions about how to complete this requirement.

You cannot pay your license fee or receive your 2015 license until the required documents are submitted and processed. You will be notified by e-mail when you can pay your license fee.

Payment of the annual license fee is due by December 1, 2014. Georgia law requires annual license fees for child care learning centers, group day care homes, and family day care homes. Paying online is quick and convenient.

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You can also pay your license fee by sending a money order, certified check or cashier’s check, payable to Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, to:

Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE, 670 East Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

Include the name and license number of your child care program on your money order, certified check or cashier’s check for quick and accurate processing.

The annual license fees are as follows:

Facility Capacity Fee Amount Late Fee
(after 12/31/2014)
25 Children or less $50 $25
26 to 50 Children $100 $50
51 to 100 Children $150 $75
101 to 200 Children $200 $100
More than 200 Children $250 $125

Also note that the law authorizes Bright from the Start to “impose a late fee of up to $250.00 for failure of an early care and education program to pay the annual fee for licensure, registration, or commission within 30 days of due date as established by the department.” See O.C.G.A. Section 20-1A-12(c)(7). A late fee in the amount of half of the license fee for your child care program will be added to your fee amount after December 31, 2014, as shown in the above chart.

All current licenses and registration certificates expire December 31, 2014. If you pay the license fee online with a credit card, or send a certified check, cashier’s check or money order, Bright from the Start will e-mail your 2015 license or registration certificate to the e-mail address on file as soon as the payment is processed. If you pay the license fee payment online with an electronic check, Bright from the Start will e-mail the 2015 license or registration certificate to you after 30 days.

E-mail questions about annual license fees to feepayment@decal.ga.gov. Bright from the Start will continue to update you with additional information via e-mail and postings to our website www.decal.ga.gov. It is critical that we have your current e-mail address because we communicate all information using the e-mail address we have on file for you. Notify your licensing consultant or our office at 404-657-5562 if your e-mail address changes.

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