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Attention Military Veterans and Families - Learn About Expedited Licensing

On April 17, 2013, Governor Martin O'Malley signed the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013. The new law took effect on July 1, 2013. The Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing and Commissioner of Financial Regulation are dedicated to assisting recently discharged veterans and spouses of currently serving members of the United States Armed Forces, including active duty reservists and members of the National Guard obtain occupational and professional licenses in Maryland.

A Final Report to the Governor Regarding The Veterans Full Employment Act - December 2014

A Preliminary Report to the Governor Regarding The Veterans Full Employment Act - December 2013

Who does this legislation help?

A person who holds a valid license in good standing in another state and:

  1. has recently received an honorable or otherwise was released (except for a dishonorable discharge) from the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard) or on active duty as a member of a reserve or national guard component of these services;
     
  2. is a member of the United States Armed Forces who is assigned to a duty station located in Maryland;
     
  3. is a spouse of a member of the United States Armed Forces who is assigned to a duty station located in Maryland;
     
  4. is a spouse of a recently discharged veteran or member of the United States Armed Forces, or surviving spouse of a member of the United States Armed Forces.

How does it help?

It helps facilitate the process for qualified veteran and military spouses who are actively licensed in other states to obtain certain licenses in Maryland.

The Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing will expedite the license application for all qualified veteran and military spouses. Once an application has been submitted, please forward all supporting documentation for expedited processing directly to Teresa Mena, 410-230-6221.

The Commissioner of Financial Regulation will expedite the license application for all qualified veteran and military spouses. Once an application has been submitted, please forward all supporting documentation for expedited processing directly to Juan M. Sempertegui, Director of Licensing, 410-230-6102.

When to apply?

Veterans
A veteran must apply for a license within one year of the date the individual was discharged or separated from active military service.

Current service members
Current service members may apply when assigned to a duty station located in the State.

Military Spouses
A military spouse may apply when the person's spouse is assigned to a duty station located in the State.

Surviving Military Spouses
A surviving spouse of a member of the United States Armed Forces must apply for a license within one year of the date the service member died.
A surviving spouse of a veteran of the United States Armed Forces must apply within one year of the date the veteran received an honorable discharge or was otherwise separated from service in Armed Forces of the United States.

General documents to determine eligibility

  Veteran Current Service Member Spouse Surviving Spouse
DD FORM 214, With Discharge Under Circumstances Other Than Dishonorable x   (if spouse of veteran)
x
x
Military Orders Assigning Duty Station   x (if spouse on active duty)
x
 
Marriage Certificate     x x
Death Certificate       x
Proof of Residence x x x x

How to apply for applicable Occupational and Professional Licenses?

Application for Temporary License (Word)

Applications for Permanent License

How to apply for or amend applicable Division of Financial Regulation Licenses?

Veteran Education Benefits offered via the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)

Learn more about DLLR Veterans Services
Learn more about DLLR Veterans Services