Assistance for Veterans, Military Personnel, and Their Spouses/Domestic Partners
Expedited Application Assistance for Veterans
Expedited application assistance is available for an applicant that served as an active duty member of the United States military and was honorably discharged.
Application assistance includes:
- Expedited application processing.
- Evaluation of comparable military education and/or experience to satisfy training-related licensure requirements.
- Direct telephone and email contact with BAR Licensing staff.
To request expedited application assistance, the applicant must submit the following documentation with their licensure application:
- Copy of DD214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty)
- Copy of ERB (Enlisted Record Brief)
- Copy of ORB (Officer Record Brief)
- Copy of DD2586 (Verification of Military Experience and Training form)
- Copy of Joint Service Transcripts (military transcripts)
- Sealed, official educational transcripts for formal civilian education
Copies of service records can be obtained from the National Archives and Records Administration.
(Business and Professions Code section 115.4)
Renewal Requirements Waiver for Active Duty Military Personnel
Renewal requirements waived for military personnel called to active duty include renewal fees, continuing education requirements, and any other requirements as determined by BAR.
To qualify for a waiver, the licensee/registrant must:
- Possess a current and valid license when called to active duty.
- Provide written documentation that substantiates the licensee's/registrant's call to active duty.
"Called to active duty" includes licensees in all branches of the military who, on a temporary basis, travel to remote locations to engage in activity relating to a war, national emergency, or other military operations.
Renewal requirements are only waived for the period of time the licensee/ registrant is serving in the temporary assignment at the remote location, and the licensee/registrant must notify BAR of receipt of a notice of discharge date within 60 days of receiving such a notice.
All private practice is prohibited under the waiver. A licensee may not return to private practice until after they have complied with renewal requirements required by the program(s) under which they are licensed/registered.
(Business and Professions Code section 114.3)
Expedited Licensure and Initial Application Fee Waiver for Spouses or Domestic Partners of Active Duty Military Personnel
Expedited licensure, and beginning on July 1, 2022, an initial application fee waiver, are available to spouses and domestic partners of active duty personnel in the Armed Forces.
To qualify, the applicant must:
- Supply evidence that they are married to, or in a domestic partnership or other legal union with, an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is assigned to a duty station in California under official orders.
- Hold a current license/registration in another state, district or territory of the United States in the profession or vocation for which the applicant is seeking a license/registration.
Please note that this does not mean a license/registration must be issued, but simply requires the process to be accelerated, and beginning July 1, 2022, to have the initial application fee waived.
(Business and Professions Code section 115.5)
Temporary Licensure for Spouses or Domestic Partners of Active Duty Military Personnel
Beginning July 1, 2023, a temporary license is available to an applicant who is married to, or in a domestic partnership or other legal union with, an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is assigned to a duty station in California under official active duty military orders.
For a temporary license to be issued, the applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Supply evidence to BAR that the applicant is married to, or in a domestic partnership or other legal union with, an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is assigned to a duty station in California under official active duty military orders.
- Hold a current, active, and unrestricted license that confers upon the applicant the authority to practice, in another state, district, or territory of the United States, the profession or vocation within the same scope for which the applicant seeks a temporary license from BAR.
- Submit an application to BAR that shall include a signed affidavit attesting to the fact that the applicant meets all of the requirements for the temporary license, and that the information submitted in the application is accurate, to the best of the applicant’s knowledge. The application shall also include written verification from the applicant’s original licensing jurisdiction stating that the applicant’s license is in good standing in that jurisdiction.
- Not have committed an act in any jurisdiction that would have constituted grounds for denial, suspension, or revocation of the license under this code at the time the act was committed. A violation of this paragraph may be grounds for the denial or revocation of a temporary license issued by BAR.
- Not have been disciplined by a licensing entity in another jurisdiction and shall not be the subject of an unresolved complaint, review procedure, or disciplinary proceeding conducted by a licensing entity in another jurisdiction.
Temporary licenses are nonrenewable and expire 12 months after issuance, upon issuance or denial of a standard license, or upon issuance or denial of an expedited license, whichever occurs first.
(Business and Professions Code section 115.6)
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