The Department of Public Safety provides certain exceptions to individuals in the Military and Armed Forces. These exceptions apply to all licenses and certificates issued by the Department and its boards and commissions.
90-Day Extension for Renewals
A license or certificate issued by the Department and held by an individual who is engaged in active service in the armed forces of the United States, as defined in M.G.L. c. 4 § 7, clause 43, will remain valid until the licensee or certificate holder is released from Active Duty and for a period of not less than 90 days following that release. This procedure shall only apply to license or certificate holders who are released from active duty under an Honorable discharge, a General discharge, or an Under Other than Honorable Conditions (UOTHC) discharge as noted on the individual’s DD Form 214, Discharge Papers and Separation Documents. This procedure shall not apply to licensees or certificate holders who are released from active duty under a Bad Conduct discharge or a Dishonorable discharge as noted on the individual’s DD Form 214.
Accepting Military Training towards Licensing Qualifications
Upon presentation of satisfactory evidence by the applicant, the Department may accept education, training, or service completed by an individual as a member of the Armed Forces, as defined in M.G.L. c. 4 § 7, clause 43, or the United States Military Reserves toward the qualifications required to receive the license or certificate in question.
Upon presentation of satisfactory evidence by the applicant, the Department shall expedite the issuance of a license or certificate for a person who meets all of the following criteria:
(1) is certified or licensed in a state other than the Commonwealth; and
(2) has a spouse who is a member of the Armed Forces in the United States and is the subject of a Military transfer to the Commonwealth; and
(3) left employment to accompany a spouse to the Commonwealth.
The Department shall expedite the license or certificate issuance by either:
(1) issuing the person a license or certificate if, in the opinion of the Department, the requirements for licensure or certification of the other state are substantially equivalent to the requirements for licensure or certification in the Commonwealth; or
(2) issuing the person a temporary license or certificate to allow the person to perform services while completing any specific requirements that may be required in the Commonwealth but were not required in the state in which the person was licensed or certified.