New Law Waives Many Licensing Fees for Veterans

April 16, 2012 |

Florida

If you’re a veteran looking into job opportunities in Florida, the state is making an effort to make the licensing process easier for you across a variety of occupations. For more details, see the official press release below from Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Secretary Ken Lawson of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation today applauded the signing of HB 887, a bill that waives initial licensure fees for many military veterans. Governor Scott signed the bill into law on Friday.

“We thank the Governor for signing this bill because it demonstrates our state’s commitment to our military heroes who are applying for licensure,” said Secretary Lawson. “By waiving the initial fees, we are letting our veterans know that we are grateful for their sacrifices and service to our country, and we support them in their quest for a professional or business license in Florida.”

Through HB 887, the initial license fee, initial application fee and initial unlicensed activity fee will be waived for veterans returning from service, provided the veteran applies for licensure within 24 months of being honorably discharged. The new law could save veterans anywhere from a few hundred dollars to more than a thousand dollars, depending on the license type. The law will apply to more than 20 professions under DBPR’s jurisdiction, including construction, real estate, certified public accountants and cosmetologists, as well as businesses under DBPR’s Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics Division. The military fee waivers will go into effect October 1, 2012.

The bill was sponsored by Senator Dennis Jones (R – Seminole) and Representative Clay Ingram (R – Pensacola) and co-sponsored by Senate President Designate Don Gaetz (R – Destin), Representative Bryan Nelson (R – Apopka) and Representative Jimmie Smith (R – Lecanto).

The new law becomes one of Florida’s military-friendly licensure laws that serve as a model for other states. Recently, Florida was acknowledged as one of only a handful of states that have a state license program specifically for spouses of military veterans. More information about the Department’s programs for members of the military, their spouses and military veterans is available online at: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/dbprmilitary.html.

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from hotels and restaurants, real estate agents and certified public accountants to veterinarians, contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.

About Ho Lin

Ho Lin is an editor at Military.com. His interests include naval history, the New York football Giants, and loud rock music.

Comments

  1. Glenn says:

    It's nice that you want to waive license fees for veterans, but what about all veterans? Why is it only good for veterans that haven't been out for more than 24 months? What about the rest of us veterans that served during war time? Some things never change!

  2. James says:

    Why put a time frame on it??? Why not just say any veteran with an Honorable Discharge!!! I am not from Florida and am not looking for license for any thing!! But I was activated with the National Guard in 2003 until 2005!! So that would put me out of the assistance you are offering!!! It is a wonderful gesture and Veterans really appreciate it!! But I think you should go all the way with it!! It won't break your state!!!

  3. Sherry says:

    Why Not all our VETS?? They are so left out on help aid medical housing ,SHAMEFUL!!

  4. Vince says:

    I have to agree with the guys/gals already commented should include ALL HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETS. I wouldn't use as I am currently total disabled, but sure lots of other vets (Viet Nam, Korea, etc) would use.

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  9. Derek Chambers says:

    Sadly this has not gotten around to many of the Florida Departments. Personal experience: The Department of Agriculture for told me that no such law exists when I asked about it to get my D and G Security Licenses and even explained it to them. I was told that if it did exist it does not apply to them because it is not a program that they are a part of. ????? I thought as a State Law it applied to all Licensing? It even says it in the wording. I guess this falls on selective hearing.

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