Florida Veterans Application for Licensure Online Response System (VALOR)
Florida’s Department of Health recognizes the challenges military service members and their spouses face defending this country. Mental Health Counselors face difficult barriers when applying and renewing for licensure in a state they are assigned. Florida’s Department of Health created the Florida Veterans Application for Licensure Online Response System (VALOR) to reduce some of the barriers getting licensure and renewals. VALOR can be used by Military on Active duty, Veterans and spouses of Veterans who intend to get a mental health counselors licensed in the state of Florida.
Military on Active Duty
If you are a military service member on active duty seeking licensure the mental health care profession, Florida now offers expedited licensure processing. In order to qualify, you must apply for the license six months before or six months after your honorable discharge from the United States Armed Forces. There is no application fee, licensure fee, or unlicensed activity fee for veterans who qualify for this type of licensure.
Temporary Certificate to Practice in an Area of Critical Need
If you are an active duty member or military veteran who served at least ten years in the United States Armed Forces, you may be eligible to practice in an area of critical need.
This certificate limits a counselor’s practice to designated areas of critical need, and is only available to licensed mental health counselors (LMHCs) who have a license in another jurisdiction of the United States. There is no application fee or licensure fee for LMHC seeking this certificate. This certificate is limited to LMHCs who will not receive compensation for their service.
If you are an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States and you hold a Florida license as a health care practitioner that is in good standing and you were entitled to practice or engage in your profession prior to you joining the Armed Forces, you may be eligible for exemption from certain licensure requirements.
If exempt, you would not be required to renew your license, pay license renewal fees, update your address, or perform any other licensure maintenance act. The exemption extends the duration of your active duty service and for a period of six months after discharge. This license does not permit you to practice your profession in the private sector for profit.
To receive an exemption from the renewal requirements, mail a copy of your orders which provides the beginning and end date of your current enlistment to:
Department of Health
Division of Medical Quality Assurance
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-10
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3260
The initial license fee, initial application fee, and initial unlicensed activity fee will be waived for veterans returning from service, provided that the veteran applies for licensure within 60 months of being honorably discharged. This waiver does not include examination fees.
- The applicant must have served in a branch of the United States Armed Forces
- The applicant must have been honorably discharged in the past 60 months prior to the date of application
- The applicant must provide a DD-214 or NGB-22 form as proof of honorable discharge
- The Military Veteran Fee Waiver Request must be submitted with your application for licensure
If you are a spouse of a military veteran, you may be eligible for a waiver of the initial application and licensure fees for all health care professions. The application must be submitted within 60 months after your spouse’s honorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces.
The initial license fee, initial application fee, and initial unlicensed activity fee will be waived for a military veterans spouse at the time of discharge, provided the spouse applies for licensure within 60 months after the veteran is discharged from any branch of the United States Armed Forces. This waiver does not include examination fees.
- The applicant must be the spouse of a military veteran at the time of discharge
- The applicant’s spouse must have been honorably discharged in the past 60 months prior to the date of application
- The applicant must provide a copy of the spouse’s DD-214 or NGB-22 form as proof of their honorable discharge
The Military Veteran Fee Waiver Request must be submitted with the application for licensure
Veterans Counseling Veterans INC will assist military active duty, Veterans and their spouses in applying for this waiver. Please contact Ellsworth “Tony” Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org.