About the VALOR Act
According to the Veterans’ Access, Livelihood, Opportunity and Resources (VALOR) Act, the Boards of Registration and Certification within Health Professions Licensure 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. See General Law, Chapter 112, Section 1B(b).
- Keep the license of a member of the armed forces who is on active duty valid until released from active duty, and for 90 days thereafter. See General Law, Chapter 112, Section 1B(c).
- 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. See General Law, Chapter 112, Section 1B(d).
Specifically, the Boards automatically renew licenses for active duty service members without requiring payment of the renewal fee or completion of continuing education. Please note, your acceptance of this benefit may result in the military deeming your license to be “restricted” even though it is not restricted under Massachusetts law. For more information, please review the attached correspondence: