Information for Military Service Personnel & Spouses Applying for Licensure or Certification

Expedited Licensure for Honorably Discharged Military Service Personnel
Pursuant to Business and Professions Code Section 115.4, the Board shall expedite the initial licensure process for an applicant who has served as an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States and was honorably discharged.  If you would like to be considered for the expedited review process, you provide the following documentation with your application:

  • A copy of military orders identifying honorable discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States.
  • Write “MILITARY – HONORABLE DISCHARGE” on bottom left corner of the envelope to be expedited

Expedited Licensure for Military Spouses
Pursuant to Business and Professions Code Section 115.5, the Board shall expedite the licensure process for an applicant who is married to or in a domestic partnership or other legal union with an active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is assigned to a duty station in California under official active duty military orders, if the applicant who holds a current license in another state, district, or territory of the U.S. in the profession for which he or she is seeking licensure. If you would like to be considered for the expedited review process, you must provide the following documentation with your application:

  • A copy of the marriage certificate or certified declaration/registration of domestic partnership
  • A copy of military orders establishing duty station in California
  • A copy of the current license held in another state, district, or territory of the U.S.
  • Write “MILITARY SPOUSE” on bottom left corner of the envelope to be expedited

Military Experience
Experience gained while serving in the military may count as qualifying work experience when applying for certification or licensure.  Such experience must be documented and verified in the same manner as all other experience.

Renewal Information for Military Service Personnel

Renewal Information
The Business and Professions Code (specifically, Sections 114, 114.3,  and 115) provides special consideration for military service personnel whose licenses expire while they are on active duty as a member of the California National Guard or the United States Armed Forces. If you are on active duty with the California National Guard or the United States Armed Forces, and your license will expire while you are on active duty, then you may be able to renew your expired license by paying only the current renewal fee, without any further examination or penalty/delinquency fee or you may qualify for “active duty military” status for your license.  Conditions which must be met to qualify for this special consideration include the following:

  • Your license was valid at the time you entered the California National Guard or the United States Armed Forces or your license was issued while you were in the California National Guard or the United States Armed Forces.
  • Your application for renewal or reinstatement of your expired license is made either while you are still serving in the California National Guard or the United States Armed Forces or not later than one year from the date of discharge from active service or return to inactive military status.
  • You provide an affidavit showing the date of entrance into the service, whether still in the service, or the date of discharge, along with the renewal fee in effect at the time of the application for renewal or reinstatement.

It is important to note that each situation is different and must be evaluated on its own merits to determine which provision of law, if any, applies.  Individuals who believe they meet the conditions for this special consideration should contact the Board at (916) 263-2268 or BPELSG.Renewal.Information@dca.ca.gov for further information and direction.