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Starting Sunday, Honorably Discharged Veterans Can Apply For State License Fee Waiver

Posted Jun 29, 2012 by Howard Altman

Updated Jun 29, 2012 at 05:07 PM

Starting Sunday, July 1 veterans honorably discharged in the past two years will be able to apply for a new licensure fee waiver available through the state Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

This is thanks to a new law passed during the 2012 legislative session, according to the department. The waivers could save veterans anywhere from a few hundred dollars to more than a thousand dollars, depending on the license type.

“We want to encourage veterans who may be thinking about starting a business or getting a professional license in Florida to apply for this waiver,” said Secretary Ken Lawson, in a media alert. “This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the veterans who have already sacrificed so much to protect and defend our nation.”

The law will apply to new licenses granted after July 1, 2012 for more than 20 professions under DBPR’s jurisdiction, including construction, real estate, certified public accountants and cosmetologists. The waiver can be downloaded from the department’s military services webpage at and should be included in applications for professional licensure.