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Genetic Disease Screening Program
When submitting a Genetic Counselor application through the website at address
, do all Internet browsers work when applying for the Genetic Counselor License?
No, only Internet Explorer.
Once I submit my application and supporting documentation and live scan paperwork for Genetic Counselor licensure, how long does it take before I am licensed?
One to three months.
How can I get a receipt for my payment?
The Genetic Disease Screening Program Accounting Department produces a receipt after processing license payment fees.
A receipt can be requested by sending an email to
Do Genetic Counselors need to have to have their license no later than 12/31/11?
Genetic Counselors are required to apply for licensure as of July 1, 2011, and all Genetic Counselors working at a Prenatal Diagnosis Center need to be licensed by December 31, 2011.
Which last name do I use if I am going to be getting married and will be taking on my spouse’s name?
Apply under the name you plan to use professionally as a Genetic Counselor. The Genetic Counselor Licensure Program asks about other names used and will be able to recognize previous names used for matching purposes.
On the Genetic Counselor License application form, a question is asked about whether the applicant is a US citizen. Are individuals who are in the United States working under a Visa or Green Card able to be licensed?
Under California law, individuals authorized to work in the US with a H1-b or other Visa or Green Card may be licensed if they have a Social Security number.
Therefore a non-US citizen must submit a copy of their status and a copy of their Social Security card.
How will the public and employers verify that Genetic Counselors are licensed?
There is a listing of all licensed Genetic Counselors on our website:
You can search by last name or by county and it will include the license number and expiration date of the license.
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