Attention Military Veterans and Families - Learn About Expedited Licensing
The Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 requires the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing and the commissioner of Financial Regulation to assist 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.
Who does this legislation help?
A person who holds a valid license in good standing in another state and:
- has recently received an honorable discharge 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;
- is a member of the United States armed forces who is assigned to a duty station located in Maryland;
- is a spouse of a member of the United States armed forces who is assigned to a duty station located in Maryland;
- 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 direct all inquiries for supporting documentation for expedited processing to 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 Arlene F. Williams, acting director of mortgage licensing, at 410-230-6068.
When to apply?
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.
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)
|Military Orders Assigning Duty Station||x|| (if spouse on active duty)
|Proof of Residence||x||x||x||x|
How to apply for applicable occupational and professional licenses?
Applications for Permanent License
- Athlete Agents
- Athletic Commission (Boxer, Wrestling, Kick Boxing)
- Bay Pilots
- Certified Interior Designers
- Elevator Safety Review Board
- Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors (HVACR) -
Please contact the board at 410-230-6159 for assistance with the reciprocal application.
- Home Improvement
- Individual Tax Preparers
- Landscape Architects
- Land Surveyors (Professional)
- Professional Engineers
- Real Estate Appraisers/Home Inspectors
- Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons
- Secondhand Precious Metal Objects Dealers/Pawnbrokers
- Stationary Engineers (Boilers)
How to apply for or amend applicable Division of Financial Regulation licenses?
Veteran Education Benefits offered via the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)