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DOL Licensing Benefits for Active Military, Spouses & Veterans

DOL Licensing Benefits for Active Duty & Reserve Military, Relocated Military Spouses, and Veterans

Licensing Benefits for Active Duty Military, Relocated Military Spouses, and Veterans

Licensing Benefits for Active Duty Military, Relocated Military Spouses, and Veterans

The Division of Occupational Licensure (DOL) is pleased to offer licensing benefits to active duty & reserve members of the military, relocated military spouses, and veterans pursuant to the Veterans’ Access, Livelihood, Opportunity and Resources Act (VALOR Act) and the VALOR Act II.

Under the original VALOR Act, DOL and its 39 professional licensing boards offer the following benefits to qualified individuals:

  • Each of DOL’s 39 boards of registration accepts relevant education, training, and service completed by an applicant for licensure as a member of the armed forces or the military reserves, toward the qualifications required for licensure.
  • The license of a member of the military who is on active duty will remain valid until he or she is released from active duty, and for 90 days thereafter.
  • DOL expedites the licensure process for active duty service members and 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.

Under VALOR Act II, DOL will also waive the Commonwealth’s portion of the initial licensure fee for veterans and individuals who qualify for benefits through one of the categories listed above. Applicants are advised that they may still be required to pay fees charged by private vendors who assist DOL in processing license applications or administering exams.

To apply for any of these benefits, interested parties must self-identify as an active duty/reserve member of the military, military spouse, or veteran, by downloading and completing the appropriate affidavit form listed below, and returning it to the appropriate DOL licensing board along with other requested documents:

  • Active Duty Military Affidavit Form
  • Relocated Military Spouse Affidavit Form
  • Veteran Affidavit Form

For more information, please contact the Valor Act Liaison at DOLValoract@mass.gov.  

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