Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today announced that all state agencies that oversee professional licensing within the Patrick-Murray Administration have established guidelines to assist members of the armed forces, veterans, and their spouses as they prepare and apply for jobs in Massachusetts.
The announcement is a follow up to the authorization and implementation of “An Act Relative to Veterans’ Access, Livelihood, Opportunity, and Resources” (VALOR Act), signed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2012, which required certain areas of state government to establish military friendly practices for licensing.
“As our military servicemen and women sacrifice their lives for our country they also gain tremendous and unique job training skills that should never be overlooked when seeking employment,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Veterans’ Services. “We look forward to working with all partners to ensure our veterans are made aware of these new resources as they transition home and into our workforce.”
MassDOT's Registry of Motor Vehicles is officially adopting the Military Commercial Driver License Skills Test Waiver that allows a qualified service member or veteran to apply for a CDL without road skills testing. The test will be waived for veterans with two years of military experience operating vehicles representative of the Class of license applied for, during the 90 days prior to discharge from the service. The implementation of this waiver comes after a successful pilot with the Massachusetts National Guard. Massachusetts will join 36 other states that have adopted this option.
“Easing the Commercial Driver Licensing process for our qualified military personnel and veterans is a tremendous customer service that MassDOT is proud to offer,” said Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian. “Our men and women will have access to greater employment opportunities with this valuable, marketable certification.”
A new website consolidating more than 200 state and federal benefits including all areas of state licensing benefits for the military is available at www.MassVetsAdvisor.org. MassVetsAdvisor provides access to programs for education, counseling, employment, health care and other services.
To learn more about services for Massachusetts veterans, visit www.mass.gov/veterans.