On May 31, 2012, Governor Patrick signed in to law a bill that will provide certain exceptions to the Department’s licensing requirements for individuals in the military and armed forces. The bill has three main components relative to the Department. These exceptions apply to all licenses and certificates issued by the Department and its boards and commissions.
1. 90-Day Extension for Renewals
A license or certificate issued by the Department and held by an individual who is engaged in active service in the armed forces of the United States, as defined in M.G.L. c. 4 § 7, clause 43, will remain valid until the licensee or certificate holder is released from active duty and for a period of not less than 90 days following that release. This procedure shall only apply to license or certificate holders who are released from active duty under an Honorable discharge, a General discharge, or an Under Other than Honorable Conditions (UOTHC) discharge as noted on the individual’s DD Form 214, Discharge Papers and Separation Documents. This procedure shall not apply to licensees or certificate holders who are released from active duty under a Bad Conduct discharge or a Dishonorable discharge as noted on the individual’s DD Form 214.
To Apply: The applicant shall submit a renewal application and proof of their active duty status including release date within 90 days following their release from active duty.
2. Accepting Military Training towards Licensing Qualifications
Upon presentation of satisfactory evidence by the applicant, the Department may accept education, training, or service completed by an individual as a member of the armed forces, as defined in M.G.L. c. 4 § 7, clause 43, or the United States military reserves toward the qualifications required to receive the license or certificate in question.
To Apply: The applicant shall submit a license or certificate application along with a DD form 2586 verifying their military experience and training and other documentation which may assist in this determination.
Upon presentation of satisfactory evidence by the applicant, the Department shall expedite the issuance of a license or certificate for a person who meets all of the following criteria:
(1) is certified or licensed in a state other than the Commonwealth; and
(2) has a spouse who is a member of the armed forces in the United States and is the subject of a military transfer to the Commonwealth; and
(3) left employment to accompany a spouse to the Commonwealth.
(1) issuing the person a license or certificate if, in the opinion of the Department, the requirements for licensure or certification of the other state are substantially equivalent to the requirements for licensure or certification in the Commonwealth; or
(2) issuing the person a temporary license or certificate to allow the person to perform services while completing any specific requirements that may be required in the Commonwealth but were not required in the state in which the person was licensed or certified.
To Apply: The applicant shall submit the following documents to be considered for this provision:
(1) A copy of their license issued from a jurisdiction other than the Commonwealth
(2) A copy of their marriage certificate
(3) A copy of their spouse’s DD Form 214 demonstrating that they are an active member of the armed forces
(4) A copy of their spouse's transfer orders to the Commonwealth
(5) An affidavit attesting that the applicant moved to the Commonwealth as a result of that transfer. A Model Affidavit may be found here .