Are you on active duty with the US military? Are you a spouse of someone on active duty? Have you been honorably discharged within the past 60 months? If so, learn more about the DBPR’s military fee waiver program below. A few minutes can save you $1000’s in state fees!
What’s the DBPR Military Fee Waiver Program?
The Florida Legislature passed a bill which allows the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to waive your application fees. In some cases, this includes your initial license, application, and unlicensed activity fees. Currently, the DBPR may waive fees for roughly 20 professions. The most popular are construction, electrical contractors, and building inspectors. Find out if you qualify below.
Who qualifies for the Military Fee Waiver Program?
Generally, the following individuals will qualify for the military fee waiver:
- Veterans and spouses of veterans who apply for a license within 60 months after an honorable discharge; and
- Active military, veterans, and spouses.
It’s important to understand there are some exceptions to the individuals listed above. For example: Only those veterans and spouses who apply within 60 months of an honorable discharge are eligible for a full fee waiver. Those who don’t apply within the 60 month window are only eligible for waiver of their initial license fee.
How do I qualify for the waiver?
First, you’ll need to obtain a DD214 or NGB22. This will help us determine your discharge date. If on active duty or a surviving spouse, you can submit your military orders or DD1300. The dates listed on the previously mentioned forms will allow us to better estimate your fee waiver amounts. Finally, we’ll need to complete a separate form and attach it to your application for licensure.
Can I use my military experience to meet the application’s requirements?
Yes, you may use your previous military experience to meet the application’s requirements. However, this only applies to construction and electrical applicants. You may combine your years of military experience with the required work experience.
Can you help me apply for my construction license in Florida?
Yes! We can also assist you in qualifying for your military fee waiver. The licensing process is often confusing at best. Let us help by completing our online application.