For Immediate Release - July 16, 2012

Licensure Boards Adopt Measures Friendly To Veterans and Military Families

New Measures Follow Enactment of VALOR Act

BOSTON -JULY 16, 2012 - The Patrick-Murray Administration's Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) today announced the adoption of measures designed to facilitate professional licensure for active duty military service members, military veterans, and military spouses. These measures follow Governor Patrick's signing of enabling legislation known as the VALOR Act (Veterans' Access, Livelihood, Opportunity and Resources), on May 31.

The following provisions relating to professional licensure are now in effect:

  • Each of the 31 DPL 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.
  • The trade or professional 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.
  • DPL 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.

Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, who serves as chairman of the Governor's Council on Veterans' Services, noted the changes are part of the administration's overall efforts to offers the nation's most comprehensive services to veterans and their families, while addressing the new challenges faced by veterans returning home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Across the administration, we have found opportunities such as this to invest in and reward our brave men and women in uniform and their families," Lt. Gov.Murray said. "Our veterans and their families have sacrificed so much of their time to the greater cause of defending our freedom. This is a small way to recognize their efforts."

"Massachusetts leads the nation in providing the most innovative and comprehensive benefits and services to our veterans, members of the armed forces, and their families," added Department of Veterans' Services Secretary Coleman Nee. "These provisions in the VALOR Act are another example of the Patrick-Murray Administration, the Legislature and veteran advocates working together to ensure the Commonwealth remains at the forefront."

"The new policies will also bring more talented professionals into the fields regulated by the Division of Professional Licensure," said Barbara Anthony, Undersecretary of Consumer Affairs, which oversees the DPL.

"They have done so much for us and the entire nation during the last decade, and veterans have so much to offer the Massachusetts workforce," Anthony said. "These changes will help speed their transition into the marketplace."

Additional information relating to these measures and self-identification forms for service members, veterans, and military spouses are available through the home page of the DPL web site: www.mass.gov/dpl.

"DPL recognizes the sacrifices made by the men and women in our armed forces, as well as by their families, and we are proud to offer these accommodations to help ensure that military personnel can transition more easily to the civilian workforce, and that military spouses who are relocated to Massachusetts can continue their trade or profession in Massachusetts," said DPL Director Mark Kmetz.

DPL oversees 31 licensing boards that license more than 365,000 individuals and businesses in a wide range of professions and trades, including electricians, plumbers, engineers, architects, and allied health professionals.

The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for its boards. Consumers are urged to visit the DPL's website at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the "Check a Professional's License" link to determine whether a professional with whom they may do business is licensed and in good standing.

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