VALOR ACT II Benefits Veterans can now qualify for reduced fees on state professional licenses and waivers for initial license and application fees..Read more (To be eligible for this benefit, interested parties must self-identify as a service member, military spouse, or veteran, by visiting www.mass.gov/dpl/valor, downloading and completing the appropriate affidavit form, and returning it to DPL along with other requested documents. The new law does not extend the waiver to other fees associated with the licensing process, such as renewal fees.)
VALOR ACT Military Training for Civilian Credit
The also calls for the state Board of Higher Education to require each public institution of higher education to develop a set of policies and procedures governing the evaluation of a student’s military occupation(s), military training, coursework, and experience, in order to determine whether academic credit shall be awarded for such experience, training, and coursework. The policy must be in place by March 1, 2013
The Commercial Driver License (CDL) skills test waiver form may be used by service members who are currently licensed and who are or were employed within the last 90 days in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV). This waiver allows a qualified service member to apply for a CDL without skills testing. CDL knowledge (written) test(s) cannot be waived. The transfer of a School Bus(S) endorsement under this Waiver Program is prohibited.
State Licensing Programs The Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) oversees 31 licensing boards that license more than 365,000 individuals and businesses in a wide range of professions and trades, including electricians, plumbers, engineers, architects, and allied health professionals. DPL is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for its boards