Military on Active Duty
Exemption from Renewal Requirements
Section 455.02, Florida Statutes, applies to licensees who are members of the Armed Forces on active duty who are not practicing their profession or vocation in the private sector for profit.
This statute applies to the following professions regulated by DBPR, including:
- Architects and Interior Designers
- Asbestos Consultants, Athlete Agents
- Auctioneers, Barbers, Building Code Administrators and Inspectors
- Certified Public Accountants
- Community Association Managers
- Construction Industry
- Cosmetology Professionals
- Electrical Contractors
- Employee Leasing Companies
- Home Inspectors
- Landscape Architecture
- Mold Assessors and Remediators
- Real Estate Professionals
The member/licensee is exempted from all license renewal requirements for the duration of active duty and for a period of six months after discharge.
The licensee's license must be or have been in good standing at the time the member began active duty to qualify for the military exemption.
The same opportunity may be afforded a spouse as long as they are absent from the state because of their spouse's active duty assignment, depending on each board’s rules.
By requesting military status, licensees may prevent their license from progressing to null and void status. Send a signed statement requesting military status to:
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783
No other forms are required at that time, but please be sure to list all license numbers held.
Upon return to civilian life, a DD-214 form may be obtained from their commander or reserve unit office and submitted to DBPR at the address above. In some instances, a letter from the commanding officer or unit reserve officer may be substituted.
For more information on these provisions, please call DBPR’s Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395 or use our convenient contact form to submit any comments and/or questions you may have. In order to better serve you, please include as much information as possible about the nature of your request.
DBPR Testing at Domestic and Foreign Military Installations
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation, through its testing vendor Pearson VUE, now offers certain Florida professional licensure exams at various domestic and international military sites. Active duty personnel, including the spouses of active duty personnel, federal contractors, and civilians working on base, are able to schedule exams at these locations.
Veterans, please read this Veterans' Affairs notice: http://www.fdva.org/saa/LiCert.asp for potential reimbursement for examination cost.