On May 31, 2012, Governor Patrick signed into law an Act relative to Veterans’ Access, Livelihood, Opportunity and Resources – the VALOR Act. 

Under the new law, the following provisions relating to health professions licensure are now in effect:

  • Each of the DHPL Boards of Registration will accept relevant education, training, and service completed by a license applicant as a member of the armed forces or the military reserves toward the qualifications required for licensure. (G.L. c. 112, § 1B(b).)
  • The license of a member of the armed forces who is on active duty will remain valid until he or she is released from active duty, and for 90 days thereafter. (G.L. c. 112, § 1B(c).
  • DHPL will expedite the licensure process for military spouses who are licensed in other states and have left employment there to accompany a spouse relocated to the Commonwealth due to a military transfer. (G.L. c. 112, § 1B(d).)

Active Military, Military Spouses, and Veterans must identify themselves as such in order to obtain these benefits.  To identify yourself, please complete and sign the affidavit form below which corresponds to your status, and then mail the form to:

Valor Act Liaison
Division of Health Professions Licensure
239 Causeway Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114

Affidavit Forms

Please see the applicable statutory definitions beginning on the pages that follow. For more information, please call 1 (800) 414 – 0168 and ask for the Valor Act Liaison.  
You may also email inquiries to ValorActLiaison@massmail.state.ma.us

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This information is provided by the Division of Health Professions Licensure within the Department of Public Health.