Reemployment Assistance Benefits (Unemployment Insurance)
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Parks and Recreation Benefits
U.S. Department of Veterans (VA) Affairs Facilities
Florida Military Resource Locator
Summary of Florida Military and Veterans Benefits: Florida offers special benefits for Service members, Veterans and their Families including homestead tax exemptions, state employment preferences, education and tuition assistance, vehicle tags, as well as hunting and fishing license privileges. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component, and Veteran disability status.
Florida County Veteran Service Officers: The Florida Department of Veterans Affairs (FDVA) has trained County Veterans Service Officers that can assist Veterans, and their Families find and apply for benefits under federal, state and local laws. All their services are provided free of charge.
Florida County Veteran Service Officer Directory
Learn more about Florida County Veteran Service Officer
Florida Military and Veteran State Benefit Highlights and Eligibility
What are my Florida Military and Veteran State Taxes Benefits?
Florida Income Taxes: There are no individual income taxes in Florida.
Distributions received from the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) are not taxed.
Learn more about Florida Income Taxes
Florida Property Tax Exemptions and Discounts for Service Members, Disabled Veterans Spouses and Surviving Spouses: Florida offers property tax exemptions or discounts for resident Service members, honorably discharged disabled Veterans and unremarried Surviving Spouses. All exemptions or discounts are applied for through the applicants local Property Appraiser.
Florida Department of Revenue, County Property Appraiser Directory
War Time Veteran Disabled 10% or More Property Tax Discount: Veterans who have a combat related disability of 10% or more are eligible for up to a $5,000 discount on their homestead property taxes. The discount is equal to the Veterans VA disability percentage. Surviving Spouses can receive the discount as long as they do not remarry. If the Surviving Spouse sells the property, they are only eligible for a discount up to the amount they received on their previous property. Use Florida Department of Revenue, Application for Homestead and Related Tax Exemptions Form DR-501 to apply.
Florida Statutes 196.081, 196.082
Veterans with Service-Connected, Total and Permanent Disability or Confined to a Wheelchair Property Tax Exemption: Veterans with a service-connected total and permanent
disability or who are confined to a wheelchair are eligible for a total exemption from property taxes on their homesteads. Surviving Spouses can receive the exemption if they do not remarry. If the Surviving Spouse sells the property, they are only eligible for an exemption up to the amount they received on their previous property. Use Florida Department of Revenue, Application for Homestead and Related Tax Exemptions Form DR-501 to apply.
Florida Statutes 196.08, 196.091
Disabled Veteran, age 65 and Older Property Tax Discount: Veterans 65 or older that have a service-connected, permanent, partial disability can receive a discount on the assessed value of their homesteads. The discount is a percentage equal to the percentage of the Veterans disability. Surviving Spouses can receive the discount if they do not remarry. If the Surviving Spouse sells the property, they are only eligible for a discount up to the amount they received on their previous property. Use Florida Department of Revenue, Application for Homestead and Related Tax Exemptions Form DR-501 to apply.
Florida Statutes 196.082
Deployed Military Property Tax Exemption: A Service member or former Service member in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces may receive an exemption if they were deployed during the previous calendar year. The deployment must have been outside the
continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii and in support of a main or subordinate military operation designated by the Florida Legislature. The percent of the taxable value that is exempt is equal to the percent of time during the previous year that the Service member was deployed. Use Florida Department of Revenue, Deployed Military Exemption Application Form DR-501M to apply.
Florida Statutes 196.173
Surviving Spouse of Service Members Killed on Active Duty Property Tax Exemption: The Surviving Spouse of a resident Service member who died from service-connected causes while on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces is exempt from taxes on their homestead. Use Florida Department of Revenue, Application for Homestead and Related Tax Exemptions Form DR-501 to apply.
Florida Statutes 196.081
Those eligible for these exemptions may apply before they receive the necessary documentation from the U.S. Government or the VA. After the property appraiser receives the documentation, the exemption will be effective as of the date of the original application. Service members that are eligible for an exemption or discount are authorized to have their next of kin file if they are unable to apply due to their military service.
Florida Statutes 196.071
Learn more about Florida Property Tax Exemptions and Discounts for Service Members, Disabled Veterans Spouses and Surviving Spouses
Florida Local Business Tax Exemption for Veterans, Spouses of Veterans and Service Members: Florida offers an exemption from business tax and any fees imposed under Florida Business Tax Statutes, Chapter 205 for eligible Veterans, their Spouse or Surviving Spouse and Spouses of Service members stationed in Florida.
Who is eligible for the Florida Local Business Tax Exemption for Veterans, Spouses of Veterans and Certain Service Members? The following are eligible for the exemption:
- Honorably discharged Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, the
- Spouse or unremarried Surviving Spouse an eligible Veteran
- Spouse of an active duty Service member stationed in Florida
Learn more about the Florida Local Business Tax Exemption for Veterans, Spouses of Veterans and Certain Service Members
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What are my Florida Military and Veteran Education Benefits?
Florida College System (FCS) Education Benefits for Service Members, Veterans and Dependents: The FCS offers higher education benefits for Veterans, Service
members and their dependents. Those eligible may participate in one military education benefit at a time and may choose the benefit that best suits their educational needs. There are no enrollment fees to participate in any Veterans' education benefits programs.
Florida Congressman C.W. Bill Young, Veteran Tuition Waiver Program: The Congressman C.W. Bill Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program requires the FCS to waive out-of-state fees for an honorably discharged Veteran of an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces. This fee waiver allows a Veteran to begin school without waiting the required one year prior to enrollment.
Veterans must physically reside in Florida while enrolled in the institution and will be required to provide the following:
- Proof current Florida residency - Documentation may include but is not limited to, a Florida drivers license or Florida ID
- Proof of honorable discharge - DD214, discharge certificate, or other documentation as required by the FCS institution
Veterans using VA educational benefits will be required to also provide a VA Certificate of Eligibility or a VAF 28-1905 form (Ch 31, Veterans Readiness and Employment).
Priority Course Registration: FCS institutions offer priority course registration to Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents when they are receiving VA educational benefits.
Residency for Tuition Purposes for Active Duty Service Members and Their Dependents: FCS will grant in-state residency for tuition purposes to active duty Service members and their dependents, who are residing in Florida or attending a public postsecondary institution within 50 miles of a military installation.
An FCS institution, career center operated by a school district, or charter technical career center will waive out-of-state tuition and fees for a Service member serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces residing or stationed outside of this state.
Academic Credit for Service Members and Veterans for Military Education and Training: FCS institutions allow current members of the U.S. Armed Forces and honorably discharged Veterans to earn academic college credit for college-level training and education acquired in the military.
Florida Department of Education, Eligible Participating Institutions
Learn more about Florida College System Education Benefits for Service Members, Veterans and Dependents
Florida Educational Dollars for Duty Program (EDD): EDD is a state tuition assistance program for Florida National Guard Service members for postsecondary education. Tuition will be paid at 100% of the charged resident rate for Florida colleges and
public universities, and at the highest current resident rate for accredited private
institutions. EDD can be used for:
- Vocational / technical, industry schools
- Certificates and academic degree programs (associate, bachelors, and masters )
- Professional licenses and industry certification exams
EDD may also reimburse approved book and instructional material costs.
Who is eligible for EDD? To be eligible Service members must be living in Florida, 17 years old or older, Military Occupational Specialty qualified, actively drilling and in Good Standing in the Florida National Guard.
For more information call 904-823-0339 / 0351 or email .
Florida National Guard Pamphlet 621-5-2 EDD Program
Florida National Guard, EDD Online Application (Requires DS or Common Access Card Logon)
Learn more about the Florida Educational Dollars for Duty
Florida Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Service Members (CSDDV): CSDDV provides scholarships for Children and Spouses of Florida Veterans or Service members who died from service-connected causes, are 100% permanent and total disabled or declared a prisoner of war or missing in action (POW/MIA).
CSDDV will pay tuition and registration fees at a Florida Department of Education, eligible participating institution. The scholarship may be used for up to 110% of the number of the required credit hours for an initial bachelors degree or certificate program.
Who is eligible for CSDDV Scholarships? Initial eligibility requirements to receive the CSDDV Scholarship:
Veteran or Service Member Requirements:
- U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Florida resident for one year immediately before time of death, received a rating of 100% disability, or declared a POW or MIA
Meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Died as a result of a service-connected disability or injury they received while serving on active duty
- Have a service-connected 100% permanent and total disability rating
- Classified as a POW or MIA by the U.S. Armed Forces, (dependents can receive funding until the Service member is returned, alive, to U.S. control or their duty status is changed making them no longer eligible)
Child or Spouse Requirements:
- Florida resident and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Not owe or be in default under any state or federal grant, loan, or scholarship program unless arrangements to repay have been made
- Does not have a bachelors degree
- Enroll for a minimum of 6 credit hours, 180 clock hours, or the equivalent, per term
Meet Florida general eligibility requirements for receipt of state aidFlorida Statutes 1009.40
Additional Specific Eligibility Requirements for Children:
- Between the ages of 16 and 22 (must be initially eligible prior to their 23rd birthday)
Additional Specific Requirements for Spouses of Deceased Service Members:
- Was married to the Service member for at least one year immediately before the Service members death
- Must not be remarried
- Must apply for the scholarship within 5 years after the Service members death
Additional Specific Requirements for Spouses of Disabled Service Members:
- Was married for at least one year immediately prior to the award of the Veteran's disability rating
- Spouse remains married to the Service member for the entire time they are using the CSDDV scholarship
Students must submit a Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) by April 1st of the school year in which they wish to begin receiving benefits. FDVA will verify all eligibility requirements.
FDVA Office Directory
Florida Department of Education
Office of Student Financial Assistance
State Scholarship and Grant Programs
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1314
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Learn more about Florida Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Service Members
Florida Tuition Waiver for Recipients of Purple Heart or Superior Combat Decoration: The Purple Heart Waiver provides tuition waivers at Florida College System (FCS) schools for Service members and Veterans who have received a Purple Heart or combat decoration that are superior in precedence.
The waiver covers the tuition for a degree or certificate program up to 110% of the required hours of study. The waiver does not cover other costs, such as textbooks, housing, and food.
Who is eligible for the Florida Tuition Waiver for Recipients of Purple Heart or Superior Combat Decoration? Veteran or Service member must meet these requirements:
- Florida resident for tuition purposes
- Full-time or part-time student
- Enrolled in a certificate or degree program (non-degree seeking courses do not qualify for the waiver)
- Submit documents showing receipt of the Purple Hear or superior combat decoration
Decorations superior in precedence to the Purple Heart:
- Medal of Honor
- Navy Cross / Air Force Cross / Distinguished Service Cross
- Silver Star
- Legion of Merit with Combat V Device
- Distinguished Flying Cross
- Bronze Star with Combat V Device
Florida Purple Heart and Medals of Superior Precedence, Tuition Waiver Fact Sheet
Learn more about the Florida Tuition Waiver for Recipients of Purple Heart or Superior Combat Decorations
Florida High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans: The Florida Department of Education will award a standard high school diploma to any honorably discharged Veteran who has not completed high school graduation requirements due to entering the U.S. Armed Forces.
Who is eligible for Florida High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans? The Veteran must meet the following criteria:
- Left a public or non-public school prior to graduation to enter the U.S. Armed Forces
- Current resident of Florida, or was previously enrolled in any high school in Florida, or was a resident of Florida at the time of their death
- Received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces
Family members may apply posthumously for the Veterans diploma. Applicants must provide a completed application and the Veterans DD214 or other honorable discharge documentation.
Division of Career and Adult Education
Florida Department of Education
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 734
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Florida Department of Education, Veterans High School Diploma Application
Learn more about Florida High School Diplomas for Wartime Veterans
Florida Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children: The purpose of this compact is to remove barriers to educational success imposed on Children of military Families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:
- Facilitating the prompt enrollment of Children of military Families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of educational records from the previous school district or variations in entrance or age requirements
- Facilitating the student placement process through which Children of military Families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment
- Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic and social activities
- Facilitating the on-time graduation of Children of military Families
- Providing for the enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact
- Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military Families under this compact
- Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military Children
- Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student to achieve educational success for the student
MIC3 Assistance Request
Point of Contact
Phone: 904-327-9986 / 850-245-0457
Learn more about Florida Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
Florida Purple Star Schools of Distinction Program for Military-Friendly Schools: Recent legislation authorized the Florida Purple Star Schools of Distinction Program for military-friendly schools. This program recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and Families connected to the U.S. Armed Forces.
For a school to qualify for the Purple Star Award they must appoint a school liaison that is specially trained to handle the unique challenges experienced by military Families. This liaison will ensure that other teachers at their school are aware of special considerations that students from military Families can benefit from. Each school will also have a dedicated page on their school website featuring resources for military Families.
Military Child Education Coalition Purple Star School Program
Learn more about the Florida Purple Star Schools of Distinction Program for Military-Friendly Schools Military-Friendly Schools
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What are my Florida Military and Veterans Employment Benefits?
Florida State Employee Leave for Military Service: Florida public service employees that are Service members in the National Guard or the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve
s are authorized a leave of absence for required training and active military service. The first 30 days of their leave of absence is with full pay. The Service member keeps all seniority rights, efficiency ratings, promotional status, and retirement privileges during their leave of absence.
Florida Statutes 115.09
Learn more about Florida State Employee Leave for Military Service
Florida Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Opportunity Act: A state agency, when considering two or more equal bids for proposals, replies for the procurement of commodities or contractual services, will give preference to Certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, over a non-Veteran owned business.
Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs, Veteran Certified Businesses Information
Learn more about the Florida Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Opportunity Act
Florida State Employment Veterans Preference (VP): Florida offers VP when hiring, promotions after deployment and reemployment for state employment to Service members, Veterans, Spouses and Gold Star Parents.
Who is eligible for Florida State Employment VP? When scores on examinations are used for selection, VP eligible applicants will have points added to their passing scores.
- Veteran with a service-connected disability who is eligible for, or receiving compensation, disability retirement, or pension from the VA 15 points added
The Spouse of a Veteran / Service member that:
- Cannot work due to a total and permanent service-connected disability 15 points added
- Is declared a prisoner of war or missing in action 15 points added
- Unremarried Surviving Spouse of a Veteran that died from a service-connected disability 10 points
- Unremarried Surviving Spouse, mother, father, or legal guardian of a Service member that died in the line of duty under combat related conditions 10 points added
- Veteran that served at least one day on active duty during a Florida Statute Established Wartime Period , (active duty for training does not count for this benefit) 10 points added
- Current member of a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces 5 points added
Florida Statutes 295.07, 295.08
When an examination is not given, preference MUST be given at every step. Any VP eligible applicant who meets the minimum requirements for the job will be guaranteed an interview. If there are two VP candidates, who equally qualify, the selection will be based upon how each candidate qualified for VP. A qualifying disabled Veteran will always be selected over any other applicants.
When a VP eligible applicant is not selected, an upper management employee, who has the authority to reverse the decision, must review the selected applicant and the VP eligible applicant(s) and determine if the most qualified person was chosen.
Florida Statutes 295.085
Reemployment Preference: When a state employee is required to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces they are entitled to reemployment to the same or an equal position. The Veteran must return to their state job within one year of discharge.
Promotion Preference: To qualify for VP for promotion a Service member must have a break in state employment and be deployed under Title 10. After discharge, the applicant must return to the same state employer. Service members are authorized one promotion opportunity for every deployment. Active duty for training does not qualify for this preference.
Florida Statutes 295.09
All applicants must provide the documentation to support their claim for VP. Veterans must have received nothing less than an Honorable discharge to qualify. For more information, call 727-518-3202, ext. 5511 or email .
FDVA, VP, Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about Florida State Employment Veterans' Hiring Preference
Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences: By Federal law, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non-Veterans in hiring into the Federal civil service and in retention during reduction in force.
Veterans may be entitled to 5 or 10 points included in any scoring process for examination or interviews.
5-point Hiring Preference: Five points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served:
- During a war, or
- During the period April 28, 1952, through July 1, 1955, or
- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred after January 31, 1955, and before October 15, 1976, or
- During the Gulf War from August 2, 1990, through January 2, 1992, or
- For more than 180 consecutive days, other than for training, any part of which occurred during the period beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on August 31, 2010, the last day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, or
- In a campaign or expedition for which a campaign medal has been authorized. Any Armed Forces Expeditionary medal or campaign badge, including El Salvador, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Southwest Asia, Somalia, and Haiti, qualifies for preference
10-point Compensable Disability (CP) Preference: Ten points are added to the examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of at least 10% but less than 30%.
10-Point 30% Compensable Disability Preference (CPS): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of a Veteran who served at any time and who has a compensable service-connected disability rating of 30% or more.
10-Point Disability Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of:
- A Veteran who served at any time and has a present service-connected disability or is receiving compensation, disability retirement benefits, or pension from the military or the VA but does not qualify as a CP or CPS, or
- A Veteran who received a Purple Heart
10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of Spouses, Surviving Spouses, or mothers of Veterans. Both a mother and a Spouse (including Surviving Spouse) may be entitled to preference based on the same Veteran's service if they both meet the requirements. However, neither may receive preference if the Veteran is living and is qualified for Federal employment.
Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of the Spouse of a disabled Veteran who is disqualified for a federal position along the general lines of their usual occupation because of a service-connected disability. Such a disqualification may be presumed when the Veteran is unemployed and
- Is rated by appropriate military or VA authorities to be 100% disabled and/or unemployable, or
- Has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position because of a disability that is service-connected in origin, or
- Has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of their usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability
Preference may be allowed in other circumstances but anything less than the above warrants a more careful analysis.
A campaign medal holder or Gulf War Veteran who originally enlisted after September 7, 1980, (or began active duty on or after October 14, 1982, and has not previously completed 24 months of continuous active duty) must have served continuously for 24 months or the full period called or ordered to active duty. The 24-month service requirement does not apply to 10-point preference eligible Veterans separated for disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty, or to Veterans separated for hardship or other reasons under Title 10 U.S.C. 1171 or 1173.
Learn more about Federal Employment Veterans Hiring Preferences
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for Veterans and members of reserve components. USERRA also protects Service member rights and benefits by clarifying the law, improving enforcement mechanisms, and adding Federal Government employees to those employees already eligible to receive Department of Labor assistance in processing claims.
Absence from Work for Military Duty: USERRA establishes the cumulative length of time that an individual may be absent from work for military duty and retain reemployment
rights to five years. Exceptions to the five-year limit, include initial enlistments lasting more than five years, periodic National Guard and Reserve training duty, and involuntary active duty extensions and recalls, especially during a time of national emergency. USERRA establishes that reemployment protection does not depend on the timing, frequency, duration, or nature of an individual's service if the basic eligibility criteria are met.
Disability Accommodation: USERRA provides protection for disabled Veterans, requiring employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disability. Service members recovering from injuries received during service or training may have up to two years from the date of completion of service to return to their jobs or apply for reemployment.
Return to Work without Loss of Seniority: USERRA provides that returning Service members are reemployed in the job that they would have attained had they not been absent for military service, with the same seniority, status and pay, as well as other rights and benefits determined by seniority. USERRA also requires that reasonable efforts (such as training or retraining) be made to enable returning Service members to refresh or upgrade their skills to help them qualify for reemployment. USERRA also provides that while an individual is performing military service, they are deemed to be on a furlough or leave of absence and are entitled to the non-seniority rights accorded other individuals on non-military leaves of absence.
Extension of Health and Pension Plans: Health and pension plan coverage for Service members is provided for by USERRA. Individuals performing military duty of more than 30 days may elect to continue employer sponsored health care for up to 24 months; however, they may be required to pay up to 102% of the full premium. For military service of less than 31 days, health care coverage is provided as if the Service member had remained employed. USERRA clarifies pension plan coverage by making explicit that all pension plans are protected.
Who is eligible for USERRA Benefits? Veterans, Reservists, or National Guard Service members who leave a position for training or active military service are eligible.
The Department of Labor, through the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) helps all that have claims under USERRA, including Federal and Postal Service employees.
VETS Regional Office Locations
Learn more about Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
Florida Veterans' Employment Program: The Florida Veterans Employment Program promotes the employment of Florida's Veterans, especially Veterans with barriers to employment.
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program specialists and Local Veterans Employment Representatives at the CareerSource Florida centers provide priority workforce services to Veteran customers. Disabled Veterans Outreach Program specialists focus on intensive case management services for Veterans with barriers to employment, particularly disabled Veterans.
Local Veterans Employment Representatives build relationships with employers and engage in advocacy efforts with hiring executives and managers to increase employment opportunities for Veterans. They are also responsible for ensuring that Veterans receive the full range of priority workforce services in the CareerSource Florida centers.
For more information on the Veterans Employment Program services available, please contact a local CareerSource Center.
CareerSource Florida Office Directory
Learn more about Florida Veterans' Employment Program
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DPBR), Professional License Benefits for Military Personnel, Spouses, Surviving Spouses, Veterans and National Guard Service Members: DPBR offers professional license benefits to active and reserve component Service members, military
Spouses / Surviving Spouses and Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. DBPR has several programs to assist individuals with the licensing process:
- Assistance when applying for a state license
- Applicants that hold a valid professional license from another state, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territory or foreign jurisdiction are not required to pass a Florida examination
- May use up to three years military experience or training to meet licensing requirements
- Renewal exemptions
- Initial fee waiver
Who is eligible for DPBR, Professional License Benefits for U.S. Armed Forces Service Members, Spouses, Surviving Spouses and Veterans? Active duty, U.S. Armed Forces Reserve, and National Guard Service members, Veterans who received an honorable discharge, and their Spouse or Surviving Spouse are eligible.
Florida DPBR, Military on Active Duty Webpage
Florida DPBR, Veteran Services Webpage
Florida DPBR, Military and Veteran Spouses Webpage
Florida DPBR, Florida National Guard Webpage
Florida DPBR, Licensing Fee Waiver Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Professional License Benefits for U.S. Armed Forces Service Members, Spouses, Surviving Spouses and Veterans
Florida Military Family Employment Advocacy Program (MFEA): MFEA is a state program designed to deliver priority workforce services for an active duty Service Members Spouse/ Family members and activated reserve component Service members through Military Family Employment Advocates located at local CareerSource Centers.
Services provided under the MFEA include:
- Job search and placement assistance
- Career planning and counseling
- Case management
- Resume assistance
- Assessment and testing services
- Interviewing skills training
- Referral to educational and training programs
- Job fairs
- Job clubs
- Information on reemployment assistance
Military Spouses are also eligible to receive training and other supportive services under the Workforce Investment Act.
Who is eligible for MFEA? Those eligible are:
- Spouses and dependents of active duty Service members
- Activated Florida National Guard Service members
- Activated U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Service members
For additional information call 866-352-2345.
MFEA Fact Sheet
Learn more about the Florida Military Family Employment Advocacy Program
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What are my Florida Reemployment Assistance Benefits ?
Florida Reemployment Assistance Benefits: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity administers the Florida Reemployment Assistance Benefits (formerly
known as Unemployment Compensation) and employment programs. Reemployment Assistance is part of an employer-paid program that provides temporary, partial income replacement to qualified individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own.
Initial claims can be filed online using Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Reemployment Assistance Portal. Applicants will be required to create an account to apply.
Applicants will need the following information:
- Social Security Number
- Drivers license or state ID number
Employment history for the last 18 months for each employer:
- Name, address, and phone number
- First and last day of work
- Gross earnings (before taxes are taken out)
- Reason for separation
- Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) (found on W2 or 1099 tax forms) or Employer details from a recent paystub
Additionally, one of the following if applicable:
- Alien Registration number or other work authorization form for non-U.S. citizens
- DD214, member copy 2 through 8 for former Service members
- SF8 or SF50 for former federal employees
- Union name, hall number, and phone number
For more assistance please call 833-352-7759.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Reemployment Assistance Handbook
Learn more about the Florida Reemployment Assistance Benefits
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What are my Florida Military and Veterans Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Benefits?
Veteran Designation on Florida Driver Licenses and ID Cards: Eligible Veterans who live in Florida can apply for a driver license with a designation indicating they are a
Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Who is eligible for the Veteran Designation on Florida Driver Licenses and ID Cards? Veterans must provide a physical copy of their DD214, VA Health ID, Veteran ID issued by the VA or other acceptable form of documentation that indicates they received an honorable discharge from active duty service in the U.S. Armed Forces.
To add a designation, visit a Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Service Center location.
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Designation Fees and Required Documentation Requirements
Learn more about a Veteran Designation on Florida Driver Licenses and ID Cards
Florida 100% Disabled Veteran ID Card: The FDVA will issue a disabled Veteran ID card to any resident Veteran who has a 100% service-connected, permanent and total disability rating from the VA. The card can be used as proof of eligibility for any state benefit except exemption of homestead property taxes. For application information, call 727-319-7440.
Learn more about the Florida 100% Disabled Veteran ID Card
No Fee for Florida Driver License for 100% Disabled Veterans: There is no fee charged for driver licenses for 100% disabled Veterans.
Who is eligible for No Fee for Florida Driver License for 100% Disabled Veterans? Honorably discharged Veterans who have an ID card issued by the FDVA, and have a 100% total and permanent service-connected disability rating from the VA or the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible.
Florida Statutes 295.17
Learn more about No Fee for Florida Driver License for 100% Disabled Veterans
Florida ID Card Free for Homeless Veterans and Their Families: Homeless Veterans, their Spouse and Children are eligible for a free Florida ID card. Applicants must visit a Florida Driver License Service Center to apply.
Learn more about a Florida ID Card Free for Homeless Veterans and Their Families
Florida Disabled Toll Permit for People with Disabilities: Disabled drivers that are driving a specially adapted vehicle and are certified by a licensed physician or by the VA as having a severe permanent disability that does not allow them to place coins in a toll basket are allowed to pass free through all tollgates. The Florida Department of transportation will issue a window sticker to authorize free use.
Florida Statutes 338-155
Florida Disabled Toll Permit Program Brochure
Florida Disabled Toll Permit Application
Learn more about Florida Handicapped Toll Permit for People with Disabilities
Florida Toll Exclusion for Florida National Guard Service Members: Florida National Guard Service members are exempt from paying tolls on Florida highways while on official military business.
Learn more about Florida Toll Exclusion for Florida National Guard Service Members
Florida Special Veteran and Military License Plates: The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) offers 53 distinctive license plate designs to honor the service and sacrifice of Service members, Veterans, retired Service members and eligible Family members. Eligibility and application instructions are located on the application form. All Veteran and Military license plate applications must have official documentation proving eligibility.
Most military plates are available at a local FLHSMV, Motor Vehicle Service Center. Requests to order Medal of Honor, Silver Star, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, or World War II Veteran plates MUST be submitted to the FLHSMV for processing. The mailing address is:
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Title and Registration Issuance
2900 Apalachee Parkway, MS #72
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0620
FLHSMV, Driver License and Motor Vehicle Service Center Directory
FLHSMV, License Plate Rate Chart
FLHSMV, Florida Military License Plate Brochure
Florida Medal of Honor License Plate: Recipients of the Medal of Honor are eligible for the Florida Medal of Honor license plate. Service members or Veterans must provide official documentation that they received the Medal of Honor.
FLHSMV Application for Military Service-Related License Plates HSMV 83034
Florida Veteran License Plate: Honorably discharged Veterans are eligible for the Florida Veteran license plate. Veterans must provide proof they received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces.
FLHSMV, Application for Military Service-Related License Plates HSMV 83034
Florida Purple Heart License Plate: Recipients of the Purple Heart are eligible for the Florida Purple Heart license plate. Service members or Veterans must provide official documentation that they received the Purple Heart medal.
FLHSMV, Application for Military Service-Related License Plates HSMV 83034
Florida Gold Star License Plate: Family Members of U.S. Armed Forces Service members that were killed in the line of duty while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for the Florida Gold Star license plate. Applicants must provide proof from the U.S. government that the Service member was killed while serving and proof of Family relationship to the deceased Service member.
FLHSMV, Application for Military Service-Related License Plates HSMV 83034
Learn more about Florida Special Veteran and Military License Plates
Florida Disabled Veteran License Plates: Florida offers disabled Veteran license plates for three separate levels of disability or lack of mobility. The Disabled Veteran License Plate (without wheelchair symbol), the Disabled Veteran license Plate with wheelchair symbol and the Disabled Veteran Paralyzed Vets of America license plate.
Free parking is permitted at metered or timed parking on public streets for Disabled Veteran, Disabled Veteran Wheelchair or Paralyzed Veterans of America license plate holders. Disabled Veterans who have been issued a "DV" plate may only park in handicapped parking spaces if they also have a mobility impairment placard.
FLHSMV, Application for a Disabled, Disabled Veteran or Motorcycle, International Wheelchair Symbol License Plate, HSMV 83007
FLHSMV, Disabled Veteran License Plates and Wheelchair License Plates Fact Sheet RS-17
Learn more about Florida Disabled Veteran License Plates
Florida Driver License Extension for Service Members and their Dependents Assigned Outside Florida: Service members and members of their immediate Family living with them, (Spouse and Children), can receive an extension of their Class E driver license. The military extension card is free and will be a photo ID that is carried with a Florida driver license and Military ID. This extension will remain valid until 90 days after discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces, return to Florida to live, or obtain a new driver license or ID card from Florida or another state.
To receive the military extension, applicants must complete the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Military Personnel and Dependents Affidavit HSMV 73641 certifying active duty status in the U.S. Armed Forces while stationed outside of Florida and provide a copy of the Service members current military orders.
Learn more about Florida Driver License Extension for Service Members and their Dependents Assigned Outside Florida
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What are my Military and Veterans Health and Insurance Benefits?
Florida National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits incurred while on State Active Duty: Florida National Guard Service members that are injured or disabled while on state active duty will be provided medical attention and necessary hospitalization paid for by the state. Service members will continue in a pay status on state active duty until a board of inquiry, appointed by the Adjutant General, determines that the disability no longer justifies hospitalization, or medical attention.
In addition, the beneficiaries of a Florida National Guard Service member who is killed or dies as a result of injuries received while serving on state active duty are eligible for a $75,000 death benefit.
Florida Statutes 295.061
Who is eligible for Florida National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits incurred while on State Active Duty? Florida National Guard member serving on state active duty are eligible.
Learn more about Florida National Guard Medical Coverage for Injury, Illness and Death Benefits incurred while on State Active Duty
Florida Active Duty Service Member Death Benefit: Florida will pay a $75,000 death benefit to the beneficiaries of an active duty Service member that is killed in the line of duty. Beneficiaries of a Service members that dies from a non-line of duty cause are eligible for a $25,000 death benefit.
Who is eligible for the Florida Active Duty Service Member Death Benefit? To qualify for the Florida Active Duty Service Member Death Benefit, the deceased Service member must have been a resident of Florida, or their duty assignment was in Florida at the time of death. The cause of death must not have been from suicide or intentionally self-inflicted.
The death benefit will be paid to the beneficiaries designated by Service member in writing and delivered to the FDVA. If no designation is made, then the payments will be paid to the surviving Child or Children and to their Surviving Spouse in equal portions, or if there is no Surviving Spouse or Child, it will go to the Service members parent or parents. If a beneficiary is not designated and there is no Surviving Spouse, Child or parent, the benefit will be paid to the Service members estate.
The Florida Active Duty Service Member Death Benefit is in addition to any other benefits provided under the Servicemembers Group Life Insurance program or any other federal program.
Learn more about the Florida Active Duty Service Member Death Benefit
State Sponsored Life Insurance (SSLI) for Florida National Guard Service Members: SSLI offered through the National Guard Association of Florida to Florida National Guard Service members is made up of several voluntary group life policies that are designed to help meet the needs of National Guard Service members and their
Families. Every Florida National Guard Service member is covered with $1,000 SSLI at no cost.
- Up to $260,000 additional coverage available for Service members
- Up to $155,000 available for Spouses
- Up to $35,000 available for Children
- Protection continues until age 70
- Emergency death benefit up to $25,000 paid within 24 hours
- Benefits remain the same and monthly costs does not change after separation from the National Guard
- No war, aviation, or terrorism clauses
- 24 hours protection, 365 days a year, on or off duty
- Monthly premiums can be payroll deducted
- $40,000 scholarship fund available to a dependent when Service member is insured for $100,000 of qualifying coverage and dies in a combat zone or due to an act of terrorism
Who is eligible for SSLI? Service members in the Florida National Guard and their dependents are eligible for SSLI.
Learn more about State Sponsored Life Insurance for Members of the Florida National Guard
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance The VA provides valuable life insurance benefits to Veterans, active and reserve component Service members, and their Families to provide financial security given the extraordinary risks involved in military service. The VA provides the following life insurance benefit programs:
- Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
- Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI)
- Family Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (FSGLI)
- Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection Program (TSGLI)
- Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance (S-DVI)
- Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance (VMLI)
Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Life Insurance
TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance: TRICARE Reserve Select is a premium-based plan, available worldwide for Selected Reserve, (U.S. Armed Forces Reserve and National Guard Service members) and their Families who meet the following qualifications:
- Not on active duty orders
- Not covered under the Transitional Assistance Management Program
- Not eligible for or enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program or currently covered under FEHB, either under their own eligibility or through a Family member.
This plan provides comprehensive health care coverage when a Service member is not on active duty and covered by active duty TRICARE benefits.
Learn more about TRICARE Reserve Select Health Insurance
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What are my Florida Military and Veterans Parks and Recreation Benefits?
Florida Disabled Hunting and Fishing License (residents only): The Florida Disabled Hunting and Fishing License is a free license offered to eligible disabled Veterans that authorizes:
- Saltwater Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Wildlife Management Area
- Archery season
- Muzzle loading gun season
- Crossbow season
- Florida waterfowl
- Lobster permits
Who is eligible for the Florida Disabled Hunting and Fishing License? Resident Veterans who have a 100% service-connected permanent and total disability that is certified by the VA, or the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible. This license is good for five years.
Veterans must provide a valid Florida Driver License or ID, Florida Disabled Veteran ID card or documentation certifying them as totally and permanently disabled by the VA or a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Veterans may apply using the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Online License Portal, or at a local tax collectors office.
Florida County Tax Collector Directory
Learn more about the Florida Disabled Hunting and Fishing License
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Military Gold Sportsman's License: The Florida Military Gold Sportsmans License offered to eligible Service members and retired Service members is a reduced cost ($20) license that authorizes:
- Saltwater Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Wildlife Management Area
- Archery season
- Muzzle loading gun season
- Crossbow season
- Florida waterfowl
- Lobster permits
The license does not include tarpon tags, alligator trapping licenses, limited entry hunt permits, migratory bird permit or the federal duck stamp.
Who is eligible for Florida Military Gold Sportsman's License? Applicants must meet one of the following requirements to be eligible:
- Nonresident active duty Service members stationed in Florida
- Florida resident Service members
- Florida resident retired Service members who served in an active or reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces
The Military Gold Sportsman's License is available at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Online License Portal, through an online verification process. The license is also available at Florida tax collectors' offices with proof of residency and a current military ID card.
Florida County Tax Collector Directory
Learn more about the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Military Gold Sportsman's License
Florida License Exemption for Service Members on Leave: Florida resident Service members that are stationed outside of Florida and home on leave for 30 days or less are exempt from general license requirements. Service members must carry their leave papers and military ID when hunting or fishing.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission General License Requirements
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Florida Hunting and Fishing Licenses at Resident Prices for Nonresident Service Members and their Families: Nonresident, active duty, U.S. Armed Forces Service members stationed in Florida, may purchase Florida hunting and fishing licenses at resident prices. The Service members Spouse and dependent Children that live in their household are also eligible. Applicants must show military orders assigning them to Florida when purchasing their license.
Learn more about the Florida Hunting and Fishing Licenses at Resident Prices for Nonresident Service Members and their Families
Discounts on Annual Entrance Passes to Florida State Parks for Service Members, Veterans, Surviving Spouses, and their Families: Florida's state parks offer special deals on Annual Entrance Passes to those currently serving or served in the U.S. Armed Forces, Veterans with service-connected disabilities and Surviving Spouses of
Service members killed in combat.
- 25% discount on Annual Entrance Passes for honorably discharged Veterans and active and reserve component Service members
- Free Lifetime Military Entrance Passes for honorably discharged Veterans who have service-connected disabilities
- Free Lifetime Military Entrance Passes for Surviving Spouses and parents of deceased Service members who were killed in Combat
Florida State Parks, Entrance Pass Program Discounts Fact Sheet
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What are my Florida Miscellaneous Benefits?
Florida Exemption of Notary Commission Fees for Disabled Veterans: Certain disabled Veterans are exempt from paying the notary public commission fee.
Who is eligible for Florida Exemption of Notary fees for Disabled Veterans? Wartime Veterans who have been rated by the VA as having a 50% or more service-connected disability are eligible for an exemption of the commission fee.
Learn more about the Florida Exemption of Notary fees for Disabled Veterans
Florida Military-Friendly and Veterans' Benefits Guides: The Florida Veterans' Benefits Guide is an annual publication designed to provide the latest information on federal and state benefits in a concise, easy to read format. The guide is produced by the Florida Veterans Foundation.
The Florida MilitaryFriendly Guide, created by the Florida Defense Support Task Force, offers a summary of Floridas laws, programs and services benefitting military Service members and their Families.
2022 Florida Veterans Benefits Guide
Floridas 2021 Military-Friendly Guide
Learn more about the Florida Military-Friendly and Veterans' Benefits Guides
Florida State Veterans' Nursing Homes and Assisted Living facility: The FDVA operates seven skilled nursing facilities and one assisted living facility. All facilities are licensed and inspected by both the VA the Agency for Health Care Administration. The homes are supervised round the clock by registered and licensed nurses.
These facilities include the:
- Emory L. Bennett State Veterans' Nursing Home - 120 bed skilled nursing facility, 386-274-3460, 1920 Mason Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32117
- Baldomero Lopez State Veterans' Nursing Home - 120 bed skilled nursing facility that includes a 60 bed dementia/Alzheimers unit, 813-558-5000, 6919 Parkway Boulevard, Land O Lakes, FL
- Alexander "Sandy" Nininger Veterans' Nursing Home - 120 bed skilled nursing facility that includes a 60 bed dementia/Alzheimers unit, 954-985-4824, 8401 West Cypress Drive, Pembroke Pines,
- Clifford C. Sims State Veterans' Nursing Home - 120 bed skilled nursing facility that includes a 60 bed dementia/Alzheimers unit, 850-747-5401, 4419 Tram Road, Panama City, FL 32404
- Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans' Nursing Home - 120 bed skilled nursing facility that includes a 60 bed dementia/Alzheimers unit, 941-613-0919, 21281 Grayton Terrace, Port Charlotte, FL
- Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans' Nursing Home - 120 bed skilled nursing facility that includes a 60 bed dementia/Alzheimers unit, 904-940-2193, 4650 State Road 16, St. Augustine, FL 32092
- Robert H. Jenkins Jr. Veterans' Domiciliary , 386-758-0600, 751 SE Sycamore Terrace, Lake City, FL 32025
- Ardie R. Copas State Veterans' Nursing Home when fully open it will be a 120 bed skilled nursing facility that includes a 60 bed dementia/Alzheimers unit, 772-241-6132, 13000 SW Tradition Parkway, Port St. Lucie, FL 34987
- Alwyn C. Cashe State Veterans Nursing Home, Renovations are scheduled to be completed in 2022, the facility will be a 112 bed skilled nursing facility, 727-518-3202 ext. 5562, 5255 Raymond Street, Orlando, FL 32814
Who is eligible for care at the Florida State Veterans' Nursing Homes and Assisted Living facility? To be eligible for admission at a Florida Veterans home Veterans must have received an honorable discharge, be a legal Florida resident prior to admission, and be certified by a VA physician that they require assisted living or skilled nursing care.
Learn more about the Florida State Veterans' Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facility
Free Veterans Benefits Counseling for Florida Veterans: The FDVA has claims examiners located at the VA Regional Office in Bay Pines, at each VA Medical Center and many VA Outpatient Clinics. Claims examiners provide free assistance with claims for all state and federal Veterans' programs.
The FDVA also evaluates and approves secondary and post-secondary education programs for use with VA and federal educational assistance. For more information, please call 727-319-7440.
Learn more about Free Veterans Benefits Counseling for Florida Veterans
Florida National Guard Retirement Pay: Florida National Guard Service members that are at least 62 years old and serve 30 good years in the Florida National Guard are eligible to receive pay from the state that will be in addition to their federal military retired pay. This pay and will be equal to one half of the base pay for their grade and time in service.
Any person who is at least 60 years old, but less than 62 years old and is otherwise qualified to receive the retirement pay, may elect to retire and receive a reduced benefit.
When calculating time in service in the Florida National Guard for purposes of retirement, service on federal active duty in the U.S. Armed forces during the following time periods will count double:
- August 27, 1940, through December 31, 1946
- June 29, 1950, through January 31, 1955
- August 5, 1964, through May 7, 1975
- August 1, 1990, through September 1, 1991
Learn more about Florida National Guard Retirement Pay
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Florida
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Florida: The VA has numerous resources available for Veterans and Family members. Please see the local location listing for your nearest facility.
Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities in Florida
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Florida: The VA National Cemetery Administration maintains nine national cemeteries in Florida. Please see the local location listing for the nearest cemetery.
Learn more about U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cemeteries in Florida
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Military Installations in Florida
Please see the Florida Military Resource Locator for additional information.
U.S. Army Garrison - Miami/ U.S. Southern Command
Patrick Space Force Base
Naval Air Station Jacksonville
Naval Station Mayport
Naval Support Activity Panama City
Naval Air Station Pensacola
Naval Air Station Whiting Field
Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center
Florida Department of Military Affairs
Florida Army National Guard
Florida Air National Guard
125th Fighter Wing
U.S. Army Reserve (USAR):
81st Readiness Division
Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs
Army National Guard Benefits
Air National Guard Benefits
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Facility Directory, Florida
FEDSHIREVETS, Veterans Preference
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Personalized and Specialty License Plates
U.S. Department of Labor, Veteran's Employment and Career Transition Advisor
Florida County Veterans Service Officer Directory
Military Interstate Childrens Compact Commission, Florida
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