State of Maine Eases Veteran Owned Business Occupational Licensing Requirements
Attention Veterans and Active Duty Military in Maine:
Licensing Requirements Eased For Veteran Business Owners
In an effort to help vets with technical skills find work, Maine has announced it will make occupational licensing an easier process for many veterans. The aim is to put the training and experience of Maine’s veterans to work by streamlining the business licensing process.
Veterans who did not hold Maine-issued business licenses before joining the military may not be aware that experience gained during active duty now counts as experience that can be applied toward Maine’s occupational licensing requirements. This holds true for a variety of occupations including electricians, plumbers, oil and solid fuel technicians, propane and natural gas technicians, stationary steam engineers, boiler operators and others.
This change came after governing officials passed a new law to ensure veterans opening new businesses get full credit for their military experience. The staff of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation is reaching out to veterans through phone calls, one-on-one meetings, attending events for military veterans and their families, offering help to veterans in this matter. Maine’s licensing staff is available to any potential licensee, but they are redoubling efforts to keep veterans informed and assisted in every way. Veterans will need copies of relevant documents, primarily their DD Form 214, Report of Discharge and DD Form 2586, Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET). Click here to visit the State of Maine’s Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation.