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
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,
2016. Georgia law requires annual license fees for child care learning centers, and family child care learning homes. Paying online is quick and convenient.
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:
|25 Children or less
|26 to 50 Children
|51 to 100 Children
|101 to 200 Children
|More than 200 Children
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,
2016, as shown in the above chart.
All current licenses and registration certificates expire December 31,
2016. 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
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
license or registration certificate to you after 30 days.
E-mail questions about annual license fees to email@example.com. 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.