Florida GI Bill further cuts fees for military heroes seeking professional licensure
June 19, 2014
~New law reduces the regulatory burden on many military personnel, veterans and military spouses~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Starting July 1, military personnel, veterans and military spouses seeking professional licensure in Florida will have several fees eliminated making it easier for them to do business in the state. Through the Florida GI Bill, which was signed by Governor Rick Scott in March, the current military and veteran fee waivers have been expanded to include spouses of military personnel and the deadline to apply for the fee waivers has been extended from within 24 months of honorable discharge to 60 months. Additionally, active Florida National Guard members will now be reimbursed for continuing education fees and examination fees.
“The fact that we have further reduced the burden on Florida’s military heroes and their families under the Florida GI Bill is truly the least we can do to repay them for the sacrifices they have made,” said DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson. “As a veteran, I am truly proud that I serve under Governor Scott, who is a veteran himself. Governor Scott has said making Florida the most military-friendly state is one of his top priorities and I am glad that through his leadership, we can help our brothers and sisters in uniform and encourage them to do business right here in Florida.”
HB 7015, also known as the Florida GI Bill, was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed by Governor Scott on March 31, 2014.The Bill extends the current exemption, which was effective starting in 2012, from initial licensing fees for honorably discharged military veterans, to also include their spouses that were married at the time the veteran was discharged from service.The bill also increases the time period to submit the fee waiver application from 24 months to 60 months from the date of honorable discharge.
In addition to expanding the fee waiver exemption, the Florida GI Bill also extended the benefits available to active members of the Florida National Guard. Through the Florida “Educational Dollars for Duty” (EDD) program, active Florida National Guard members may now be reimbursed for continuing education fees, which are necessary to maintain a certification or license, as well as examination fees, which are necessary to obtain licensure.
More information regarding the fee waivers as well as the services offered by DBPR to active military, military spouses and veterans can be found online at www.myfloridalicense.com/mil. Military members, spouses or veterans who have additional questions may also call DBPR at 850.487.1395 or visit the department’s website at www.myfloridalicense.com.
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.
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